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Toronto Chapter presents low-e glass talk

September 1, 2015
On September 15, CSC’s Toronto Chapter is hosting a dinner meeting that includes a talk by PPG Canada’s Chuck Craig on low-emissivity glass from performance and cost analysis perspectives.

NGC Testing Services: A unique, fully accredited testing facility

NGC Testing Services features one of North America’s most sophisticated, fully accredited testing facilities. Full-scale fire, acoustical, and structural testing is performed at a single location in Buffalo, New York, with easy access to the Canadian border.

NAFA honours 32 recipients with clean air awards

September 1, 2015
The National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) has announced the winners of its 2015 Clean Air Awards. The award is presented each year to building owners and managers in Canada and the United States that take the steps to significantly improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by increasing the level or efficiency of the HVAC air filtration system in 10 specific categories.

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Specifying the Right Grout for the Project

July 14, 2015
The vast array of tile materials and grout colours makes tile design an exciting element of construction projects. However, this can also mean the grout type is relegated to an afterthought, instead of being planned as an integral part of the installation system.

Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO

September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

Building Durable Structures: From concrete mixes to waterproofing strategies

July 10, 2015
When it comes to buildings, routine maintenance is expected on any structure as wear and tear is inevitable. However, the difference between small repairs and a major retrofit or rehabilitation is significant. Referring to De Sitter’s Law of Fives, a major repair can be expected to cost roughly five times what routine maintenance would have cost.

Fans of the Green Building Boom

July 9, 2015
Canadian green construction is booming, with research indicating the trend is not slowing—by 2017, the amount of green construction projects will double, motivated by the desire for high-quality, environmentally responsible buildings. At its core, green building is a focus on making smart and sustainable decisions about building site, water use, energy and atmosphere, materials, size, and indoor environmental quality, both during construction and over the life of the building.

High or Low-e? Low-emissivity coated glass for apartment buildings

July 8, 2015
In many large, urban areas of Canada, most of the population lives in apartment buildings. In the downtown core of cities like Toronto, the proportion is up to 70 per cent. With the current trend to intensify urban areas to limit sprawl into surrounding valuable farmland, the proportion of high-rise multi-family dwellers is expected to increase.

Designing Buildings for Climate Change

July 7, 2015
Canada’s building codes have historically been formulated, at least in part, based on accumulated historic climate data that ultimately provides the essential criteria for most key building component performance characteristics. However, there are indications climate may be beginning to change. If buildings do, in fact, experience different environmental conditions over the next 40 years, these changes could potentially have a significant impact on our building stock.

Understanding High-speed Doors and Industrial Curtains

May 29, 2015
Door openings are among the biggest sources of energy loss inside a building. Within large warehouses, manufacturing plants, or distribution centres, this problem is only amplified. When it comes to choosing the right door to control proper temperatures in different areas, the decision typically comes down to two factors: speed and insulation.