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East Coast architect awarded the Prix de Rome prize

Halifax’s Omar Gandhi Architect firm has been selected as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts 2014 Prix de Rome prize. This award honours the outstanding achievement of a young Canadian architect or firm with $50,000 to further develop skills and their creative practice. Gandhi plans to consult with specialists in Colombia, England, Scotland, and the United States as part of a research project looking at how precipitation can shape design. His studies will focus on 3D modelling, innovative manufacturing techniques, biomimicry, rainwater recovery, and sustainable strategies.

Historic bridge gets a bright new look

Edmonton’s 102-year-old High Level Bridge has been given a facelift with a colourful light-emitting diode (LED) assembly. The bridge’s pedestrian walkway is now illuminated by more than 50,000 colour-changing luminaries mounted above the path. Unveiled on Canada Day, the lights have been programmed to change in intensity and colour to alter the look of the bridge throughout the night.

Canada’s corrosion careers increasing

A new survey suggests a year of growth for Canada’s corrosion-related industry. The “Corrosion Career Survey,” conducted by Materials Performance magazine, went out to members of the are National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) to collect data regarding job type, education, experience, and certifications.

Sustainable Canadian projects recognized

Eight projects have been recognized for their sustainable designs with the 2014 Canadian Green Building Awards. Presented by Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Sustainable Architecture and Building (SABMag), winners are chosen by a jury panel of industry experts. Both residential and non-residential projects were awarded and they all demonstrate excellence in high-performance building design, architectural merit, and technical innovations.

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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.

Showcasing Brescia College’s VRF Technology

In London, Ont., Brescia University College’s new residence hall and dining complex has a sustainable HVAC system providing air comfort while also helping the project earn an environmental rating of five Green Globes under the online green building rating program.