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Ontario solar project development in motion

Plans for a 10 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility are now underway in Georgina, Ontario. The GoldLight Solar project is being developed in York Region, just north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), by Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) for Canadian Solar Solutions. RES develops and constructs wind, solar, transmission, and storage projects across the country. The South Kent Wind project, the province’s largest wind farm, was also completed by RES and features 124 turbines generating 270 MW wind energy—enough power for about 100,000 homes.

Thermal analysis guide published

Morrison Hershfield’s anticipated Building Envelope Thermal Analysis (BETA) Guide is now available for public download through B.C. Hydro. Co-sponsored by BC Hydro Power Smart, Canadian Wood Council, Fortis BC, FPInnovations and Homeowner Protection Office, the guide’s goal is to address challenges facing the industry in terms of mitigating thermal bridging to reduce building’s energy consumption.

Wood design guide announced at timber conference

This week, industry experts gathered in Québec City for the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) and the launch of a technical guide for the design and construction of tall wood buildings in Canada.

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Evolution of Cork Flooring: From pushpins to fashion-forward design

Cork flooring has evolved over the past few years. Today, it comes in various styles, textures, and modern finishes. While it continues to offer builders, architects, and specifiers many design benefits, it has morphed from its early pushpin board days into a durable flooring choice with powerful esthetic potential. Cork is a 100 percent natural, renewable resource and, contrary to popular belief, it is not going extinct. Cork is harvested from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which means no trees are ever cut down or damaged for a harvest. The outer bark is carefully collected once every...

First Nations Art Showcased in B.C. Hospital

Designed by Farrow Partnership Architects in association with Perkins+Will, St. Mary’s Hospital was created with the goal of being North America’s first carbon-neutral hospital, while integrating First Nation’s artwork into its design features. Located in Sechelt, British Columbia, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-targeted facility was conceived as a long-term asset to the community. The Sechelt Indian Band donated the site for the hospital nearly 50 years ago on land once part of a residential school.

Dawn of the ‘Super Contract’

Over the years, the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has developed and kept current a series of standard construction contracts for use across the country. Is there potential for 'super contracts' to make processes more efficient?

Advancing Energy-efficient Timber Façades

The building industry consumes 40 per cent of the world’s energy, and is responsible for more than 38 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to studies completed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD 2009). Since the energy demand and its costs will continue to increase, this explains why Canadian building code requirements are becoming more stringent both nationally and provincially. It also explains why new European programs, like Germany’s PassivHaus, are progressively adopted by Canada and the U.S. Green Building Council (CaGBC and USGBC).

For Your Ears Only: Sound advice on speech privacy

The term ‘speech privacy’ refers to how well a conversation is overheard and understood by an unintended listener. The need to prevent sound from intruding into adjacent spaces in both closed and open-plan settings is a concern in various buildings.