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  • Climate Change and Buildings

    August 1, 2014 by By Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng. and Brian Burton

    Note: See the digital edition, page 54, to see the table included in this article:  Current Climate Design Parameters and Consolidated Opinion and Collective Prediction of Change. Table compiled by GRG Building Consultants.

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    Edmonton’s Nerve Centre

    August 1, 2014 by Nordahl Flakstad

    Sunshine streams into the northeast corner of Edmonton’s pyramid-profiled city hall where staff quietly monitor computer screens. Despite a hot summer day outside, the temperature remains comfortable in the room. That is as it should be,…

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    Overcladding

    August 1, 2014 by By Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng., and Brian Burton

    Close to 2,000 highrise residential towers were constructed in the Greater Toronto Area during the early 1960s and 1970s. This was a time when Canada was experiencing a remarkable building boom, along with rapid urbanization.

  • TIGHT ON ENERGY

    August 1, 2014 by Tom Watson, CBCL, and Keith Robertson, Solterre Design

    TIGHT ON ENERGY

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    B.C. local governments calling for building energy use to be reported

    July 22, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A group of local governments in the Lower Mainland of B.C., including the City of Vancouver, has approved a motion, “Benchmarking Tools for Building Energy Use.” The resolution supports requiring large building owners to report their…

  • Webinar on alternative compliance paths for LEED v4

    July 15, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is offering a webinar on the new Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4, beginning July 30.

  • Canadian made president-elect of ASHRAE

    July 8, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The president elect of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is a Canadian. T. David Underwood of Oakville, Ontario was installed at ASHRAE’s annual meeting in Seattle on July 2. He will become…

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    In Toronto vacancy rates rise along with new office towers

    June 17, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Office space vacancy rates in Toronto’s downtown core are rising according to a report by Newmark Knight Frank Devencore. Class A and B vacancy rates are currently 6%. In Canada’s major cities as a whole, the vacancy rate for Class A and B…

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    ASHRAE updating guidance for building automation systems

    June 17, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    ASHRAE has issued Guideline 13-2014, Specifying Building Automation Systems. It provides designers with background information, recommendations for good practice, project considerations, and a detailed discussion of options.

  • Canadian SolarWall ranked with top inventions in New York

    June 3, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Canadian solar technology is being honoured as one of the best 80 inventions of the past two centuries in an exhibit in New York City.

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    CSA and Canada Green Building Council form alliance

    June 3, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    At the Canada Green Building Council’s National Conference in Toronto on June 3, CaGBC and CSA announced they are collaborating to promote the use of sustainable building products in buildings.

  • Up Front: news

    June 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    EVENTS

  • Comment: Green design is no easy street

    June 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    At the Canada Green Building Council conference in Toronto on June 4, I caught a few minutes with Ray Cole. He is one of the sages in the green building movement in Canada and now director of the Centre for Sustainable Research at UBC. Twenty…

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    ENERGY STAR for hospitals in Canada now released

    May 21, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Natural Resources Canada has released the ENERGY STAR Score for Hospitals in Canada.

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    Canada, China and India have most LEED space outside U.S.

    May 15, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Canada was rated the top country outside the United States for having the most LEED certified and registered projects at April 2014.

  • Living Walls: Art and Science

    May 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    It is generally understood that greening a building’s indoor space can have a favourable impact on the wellbeing of its occupants. The possible benefits read like a business manager’s wish list: greater…

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    Energy Retrofits at Lakeridge Health

    May 1, 2014 by By Olivier Matte, ing. and Josephine Pham Ecosystem Energy Services

    In November 2013, the Ontario Hospital Association named Lakeridge Health the Green Hospital of the Year. The award recognizes the hospital’s multi-faceted energy efficiency and waste reduction measures.

  • The New LEED

    May 1, 2014 by By Steve Kemp, P.Eng., David Rekker, and Braden Kurczak, P.Eng., MMM Group

    LEED has emerged as North America’s de facto green building rating system since it debuted a decade ago. The newest iteration of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) — “v4” as it is called — is already in…

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    Geoexchange Systems: Next Steps

    May 1, 2014 by By Ruben Arellano, P.Eng. GeoExchange BC & Associated Engineering

    Geoexchange and heat pump technology is long established, with the first systems developed and implemented in the 1950s. With increasing awareness, improved equipment and industry expertise, and the rising cost of energy in recent years, the…

  • Liability and Green Buildings

    May 1, 2014 by Brian Buttigieg, Miller Thomson LLP

    Recent years have seen a large growth in the number of so-called green buildings, but concerns exist about these practices opening up new areas of liability for engineers. While the number of actual lawsuits directly related to engineers’…

  • indoor Air Quality: Living Walls: Art and Science

    May 1, 2014 by By Alan Darlington, Ph.D., Nedlaw Living Walls & Emma Rohmann, P.Eng., Halsall Associates

    It is generally understood that greening a building’s indoor space can have a favourable impact on the wellbeing of its occupants. The possible benefits read like a business manager’s wish list: greater…

  • Martin Roy

    May 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Last year engineer Martin Roy joined a handful of people in Canada to become a LEED Fellow, and he is the only one to achieve the honour so far in Quebec. The designation is given by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building…

  • Up Front

    May 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    AWARDS

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    Products

    May 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    CONSTRUCTION

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    Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

    May 1, 2014 by By Laurent Laframboise, ing. and Hieu Trong Nguyen, B. Arch., Dupras Ledoux

    Montreal’s Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium has received an overwhelming amount of attention since it opened on April 6 last year. Visitors were amazed by the design, beauty and comfort of the facilities.

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    NRC studies ways of trapping sound in buildings

    April 29, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The revamped National Research Council of Canada is continuing to research construction technologies as part of its “Building Regulations for Market Access” initiative.

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    Mississauga has its first LEED building

    April 23, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The City of Mississauga’s first LEED-certified building was celebrated on Earth Day, April 22. The Garry W. Morden Centre at Ninth Line and Highway 401 received its LEED-Silver accreditation in February.

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    Demolition guidance in new Masterformat

    April 23, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    CSI and CSC have released the 2014 updates to MasterFormat. The publication is used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in Canada and the U.S.

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    Low-rise and high-rise residential ventilation standards to become same

    April 8, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    ASHRAE is proposing to consolidate its residential air-quality standards into one, regardless of the building height.

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    ASHRAE standard establishes consistency for reporting building energy use

    March 25, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    ASHRAE has just issued a revised standard to establish a more consistent and fairer approach for reporting and comparing the energy usage of buildings.