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The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) joined the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to create a standard for balloon-type ball backwater valves for the plumbing and heating industries. The new standard is a first of its kind developed by ULC Standards, an SCC accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO) and UL Standards.
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) announced the newly-formed Lean Construction Institute Canada (LCI–Canada) as its special committee. LCI–Canada is an organization committed to transforming the built environment through the development and application of ‘lean’ tools and techniques throughout the building industry supply chain.
A recent report by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) indicates cement consumption among developed economies increased by more than 9 million tons in 2014 and 2015. PCA predicts cement consumption will continue to grow throughout this year and into 2016, but at a slower rate than in the past.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced its 2015 honorary members, which included Toronto’s Ryerson University professor, Nina-Marie Lister. Honorary members are among the highest honours ASLA bestows upon non-landscape architects. Recipients are also recognized for their notable service to the industry.
A project may involve not only general contractors, architects, inspectors, engineers, and developers, but also regulators, city planners, estimators, and many others. This is why technologies capable of facilitating and streamlining document management, sharing, and collaboration are a central component in strategies tasked with increasing construction productivity and efficiency to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.
Many people believe white noise, pink noise, and sound masking are synonymous, and tend to use these terms interchangeably. However, there are distinct differences between each of them.
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.
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.
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?