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    Calgary’s city buildings in poor shape; heading for refurbishments

    September 25, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A report to the City of Calgary Council has found that many of the city’s buildings are in poor condition and will need $350 million in repairs over the next 10 years.

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    Legionnaire’s disease in Quebec City prompts action on cooling towers

    September 17, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    An outbreak of legionnaire’s disease in Quebec City has seen the death of the 13th victim last week. So far 177 cases have been recorded in the city. The legionnaires’ bacteria, Legionella pneumophila, are present in building water pipes, air…

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    New ASHRAE standards coming for talking to smart grids

    August 23, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    New ASHRAE standards coming for building commissioning and communicating with smart grid

  • Farms could farm their own energy

    August 20, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The agricultural industry deserves more attention insofar as energy savings are concerned. “Farms and ranches have the potential to become completely energy independent due to available resources and space for their development,” says a student…

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    Buildings: Prairie Vision

    August 1, 2012 by By Russell Lavitt, P.Eng. SMS Engineering Ltd.

    When the Winnipeg Airports Authority decided to replace its outdated 1960s-era air terminal building, they chose Stantec Architecture and international architect César Pelli for the design. The resulting, $585-million, 51,000-m2 facility…

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    PRODUCTS

    August 1, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    LIGHTING

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    Building HVAC & Controls: Trouble Shooting

    August 1, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    CCE interviews commissioning expert Bill McCartney of

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    Detention Facilities: Security Blanket

    August 1, 2012 by Nordahl Flakstad

    With the Edmonton New Remand Centre, Alberta lays claim to Canada’s largest and most up-to-date detention facility.

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    Buildings: Top Performers at Okanagan

    August 1, 2012 by Bronwen Parsons

    The Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research and the contiguous Arts and Science Building at UBC Okanagan form a new precinct on the campus, which is located outside Kelowna. Both buildings were designed by Kasian Architecture Interior…

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    Comment: Building Operators need support

    August 1, 2012 by Bronwen Parsons

    The same week in July that I interviewed Bill McCartney for the article on building HVAC and controls (p. 32), temperatures in Toronto roared to a sweltering 38°C. Our company has moved into a renovated 1970s-era flat box building, and the…

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    Energy retrofits fail to produce expected savings in Toronto

    July 17, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Toronto’s auditor general says costly automation systems installed at the city’s community centres and arenas to slash energy costs may have failed to reach expected savings.

  • Tech Notes: tools and guidance for renewable energy, construction waste, variable refrigerant flow, tensile structures

    July 17, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    An upgrade to the RETScreen suite was released by Natural Resources Canada on June 1. The RETScreen sofware is a free Excel-based software tool for the technical and financial viability of potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and…

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    New CaGBC tool compares building energy with Canada-wide portfolio

    July 10, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is releasing a new tool to measure the performance of existing buildings. The program, “GREEN UP,” is a means for benchmarking energy and water use, with goal-setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Engineers now required for vertical closed loop geothermal systems

    July 3, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Ontario Government has strengthened its rules for drilling vertical closed loop geothermal systems.

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    Products

    June 1, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    POWER

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    Telus Garden development takes up city block in downtown Vancouver

    May 28, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Demolition has finished and excavation is starting for the new $750-million Telus Garden mixed-use complex that will transform a downtown Vancouver city block into a green showcase by 2014. The project also promises to be . designated to…

  • Petitcodiac Causeway restoration wins award in New Brunswick

    May 15, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    In this season of awards celebrations, it was New Brunswick’s turn on April 23.

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    Drilling for ground source heat pump systems causes alarm

    May 15, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The mayor of Oakville, a small town west of Toronto, is calling for the province to regulate the drilling of geothermal wells for ground source heat pump systems.

  • Tech Tools: water risks, HVAC and ASHRAEwiki, plumbing, electric vehicle infrastructure

    May 15, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    CH2M HILL together with the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) and over 40 companies have developed new free water management tools: the GEMI Local Water Tool and the GEMI LWT for Oil and Gas. Designed to work together, the tools…

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    Federal buildings crumble

    May 7, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Relying on data in Canada’s Treasury Board federal real estate directory, the Toronto Star published a report on April 21 asserting that nearly 5,000 federal buildings and homes “are in serious disrepair,” even “at high risk of building system…

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    Northern Exposure: Churchill Northern Studies Centre

    May 1, 2012 by By Richard Lay, P.Eng., Enermodal, a member of MMM Group

    In the summer of 2011 the Churchill Northern Studies Centre moved into its new 2,580-m2 (27,800-sq.ft.) facility. Founded in 1976, the CNSC is an independent, non-profit research and education facility located 23 kilometres east of the town of…

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    Retrofit for IKEA

    May 1, 2012 by Ken Sonmor, Antonino Lagana, M.Eng., James Wu, B.Eng., Ecovision

    IKEA installed an innovative geothermal, displacement ventilation and efficient lighting system at their existing giant distribution centre in Brossard, Quebec. The home supplies retailer reduced their natural gas and electrical consumption by…

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    Recommissioning – a Practical Tool

    May 1, 2012 by By Ian Sinclair, P.Eng. Enermodal, a member of MMM Group

    Although the building industry, governments and utilities recognize the need to find significant energy savings, traditional approaches to decreasing energy use and improving the operation of buildings are leaving behind low cost and no cost…

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    Symbol of Sustainability

    May 1, 2012 by By Chantale Bourdages, ing. and Olivier Brodeur, ing. Dessau

    As an ecologically responsible pioneer in sustainable building design, the new Cartierville YMCA in Montreal is a truly 21st-century expression of the organization’s philanthropic values and mission. Open since April 2010, the…

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Photovoltaics: Feeling FIT

    May 1, 2012 by John G. Smith

    Florida has long been known as America’s “sunshine state,” but Ontario may be on its way to establishing itself as Canada’s “sunshine province.” The discussions simply involve a different kind of juice.

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    Commercial Buildings and the Smart Grid

    March 1, 2012 by By Meli Stylianou, M.Eng., CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

    Utilities used to see buildings simply as loads on the grid. That relationship with the electrical distribution network, however, is rapidly changing. Increasingly, commercial, institutional and residential buildings are being used in Canada…

  • The Demands of P3s

    March 1, 2012 by By Jessica Krippendorf

    British Columbia’s first pUBLIC-Private partnership (P3) acute care hospital was the largest project completed to date in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. It also challenged the design team with the strictest energy requirements…

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    Moving Towards Net Zero

    March 1, 2012 by By Paul Marmion P.Eng., Ray Pradinuk, MAIBC, Klaas Rodenburg, CET, Stantec

    Buildings consume more than 30% of the total energy produced in North America, including 70% of the electricity. Hospitals, with their high ventilation rates and round the clock occupancy, consume more energy than almost any other building…

  • Contents, March-April 2012

    March 1, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

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    Products

    March 1, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    FIRE & LIFE SAFETY