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Historic Sun Life Building earns LEED Silver

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.

LEED reaches 5000 registrants

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.

IDC announces new Fellows and Honorary member

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.

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The Six Ds of Decking: Waterproofing flat roof assemblies

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.

Trees in the Tower: Designing the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower

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.

Opening the Doors on a New Courthouse in Thunder Bay

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.

Creating the Quiet Zone: Improving noise control in hospitals

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.

BIM PxP: Knowing the execution plan essentials

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.