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International BIM conference coming to Toronto

A one-day event that explores how building information modelling (BIM) is used around the world will be hosted in Toronto by the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and its constituent organizations, as well as buildingSMART Canada.

New plans for Edmonton skyline announced

This week, plans to change Edmonton’s skyline with a new 62-storey tower were announced. The future home to the headquarters of engineering and consulting firm Stantec, it will stand 227 m (735 ft) tall—soaring above the 149-m (489-ft) Epcor Tower, and the 146-m (479-ft) Manulife Tower. Plans for the structure came about following the closure of the City Centre Airport and the restrictions on surrounding building heights.

B.C. project seeking WELL certification

The multi-use development project, Collett Manor, located in Kelowna, B.C., is registered with the intent of becoming Canada's first WELL Certified project. This project is paving the way for an overall development that sees health and wellness become a primary driver of design and construction choices. Collet Manor is located nearby the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), and the project seeks to integrate hospitality into healthcare.

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Installing Large-format Ceramic Tile and Stone

By Steve Taylor Today, the ceramic and natural stone tiles used for floors and walls are bigger and heavier than ever before. Gone are the days of floors routinely set with 304 x 304-mm (12 x12-in.) units. Architects, designers, and end-users now appreciate the clean, monolithic look of large-format tile on building projects. Options for large tiles come in all shapes and styles, from traditional stone to contemporary porcelains; they include planks that simulate wood, and units as large as 1.5 x 3 m (5 x 10 ft). This explosion of tile sizes, densities, and compositions has created a need for...

Evolution of Cork Flooring: From pushpins to fashion-forward design

By Tino Couto Cork flooring has evolved over the past few years. Today, it comes in various styles, textures, and modern finishes. While it continues to offer builders, architects, and specifiers many design benefits, it has morphed from its early pushpin board days into a durable flooring choice with powerful esthetic potential. Cork is a 100 percent natural, renewable resource and, contrary to popular belief, it is not going extinct. Cork is harvested from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which means no trees are ever cut down or damaged for a harvest. The outer bark is carefully collected...

First Nations Art Showcased in B.C. Hospital

Designed by Farrow Partnership Architects in association with Perkins+Will, St. Mary’s Hospital was created with the goal of being North America’s first carbon-neutral hospital, while integrating First Nation’s artwork into its design features. Located in Sechelt, British Columbia, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-targeted facility was conceived as a long-term asset to the community. The Sechelt Indian Band donated the site for the hospital nearly 50 years ago on land once part of a residential school.

Dawn of the ‘Super Contract’

Over the years, the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has developed and kept current a series of standard construction contracts for use across the country. Is there potential for 'super contracts' to make processes more efficient?

Advancing Energy-efficient Timber Façades

The building industry consumes 40 per cent of the world’s energy, and is responsible for more than 38 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to studies completed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD 2009). Since the energy demand and its costs will continue to increase, this explains why Canadian building code requirements are becoming more stringent both nationally and provincially. It also explains why new European programs, like Germany’s PassivHaus, are progressively adopted by Canada and the U.S. Green Building Council (CaGBC and USGBC).