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The historic Sun Life Building in Montréal has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification under the Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) program.
Canadian firm Aercoustics Engineering is celebrating 40 years of acoustic design and noise and vibration control with a brand-new look.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-registered buildings in the country has reached 5000.
At Interior Designers of Canada’s (IDC’s) annual meeting in Vancouver, the association announced two new Fellowships: Victoria Horobin (Toronto’s KBH Interior Design) and Adele Bonetti (Grande Prairie, Alberta’s Concetto Interior Design). It also announced Honorary membership—an accolade for those who have not practised interior design—to Susan Wiggins, the association’s CEO.
When waterproofing a walkable roof deck, there are a number of important principles to consider in determining the ultimate performance of not only the decking assembly, but also the waterproofing and the overall building envelope. These can be thought of as the Six Ds.
The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower represents the most significant application to date of structural and non-structural wood products in a B.C. healthcare facility. The use of wood in publicly funded buildings is encouraged by the province’s Wood First Act, but it is also supported by scientific research linking exposure to daylight and views of nature with improved patient recovery times and occupant well-being.
Courthouses were historically centrepieces of municipal life, both literally and figuratively. Located in the heart of communities, these buildings formed the core of a city’s civic governance, ensuring peace, justice, and good order. This stature was reflected in the buildings, which were commonly impressive stone and wood edifices designed around a ‘live’ acoustical environment allowing judges and participants to hear everything. However, as the years brought modern technology and evolving needs, these once grand spaces often became closed-in rooms with little natural light, where it became increasingly difficult for occupants to hear the proceedings.
Noise is a well-documented problem in hospitals. In a 2007 study of two facilities, no less than 86 different sources were listed, including patients, staff and visitors talking, and the cacophony produced by televisions, alarms, carts, and doors, along with medical and mechanical equipment.
Construction surveys are suggesting building information modelling (BIM) is experiencing strong, continuing growth in use by stakeholders throughout the industry. This means BIM is being employed by more practitioners to document greater project scopes for increasingly diverse purposes over extended project phases.