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Canadian building permits experience big growth

In March, the number of building permits in Canada recently saw its largest jump in the past six months, according to Statistics Canada. Its report states the increase in construction intentions for multi-family units in Ontario and the number of permits for non-residential buildings in British Columbia and Alberta were the main contributors to the overall growth.

Canadian LEED certification starts off 2015 with a bang

The first four months of the year showed strong growth in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in Canada. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw 135 registrations and 202 certifications between January 1 and April 30, bringing the total number of LEED-certified buildings in Canada to 2252.

Surveyors predict drop in Canadian construction

A market survey conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) forecasts a two per cent drop in the Canadian construction industry due to reduced oil prices. Based on the quarterly survey responses, the overall output is expected to be two per cent lower than if the oil prices had not declined.

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Glazing technology promises greater architectural freedom

One of the strategies employed by architects to increase (or regain lost) glazing area to meet the performance objectives of building energy codes and standards involves using established building envelope elements such as window louvres, fins, and shelves, along with emerging technologies such as vacuum-insulated glazing and panels (VIGs) and electrochromic (EC) glass.

The community health centre of the future

With an aging population and an unmanageable burden on most hospitals, the community health centre is an increasingly in-demand neighbourhood resource. Stretched regional and non-profit finances mean these new facilities are often asked to do double (or triple) duty, accommodating many needs and user groups. The challenge then falls to design teams to successfully integrate disparate building requirements—often under a tight move-in deadline determined by grant and funding deadlines.

Freestanding roof guard woes

HVAC equipment is generally installed on top of the flat roofs of industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings. The maintenance personnel sometimes are exposed to danger of falling if the units are close to the roof’s edges. In this case, a guardrail system is required. How do you know if it is sufficiently structurally secure?

Crossings Leisure Complex underway in Alberta

Construction is now underway for a major recreational facility in Lethbridge that will feature much-needed multi-sport facilities and aquatic features for the southern Alberta community.