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Choosing SPF as an effective air barrier component

With varying degrees of detail and prescription, Canadian building codes—regardless of the model code—require all buildings to be provided with an air barrier. Where the language is more performance-oriented, such as in Part 5 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and Part 3 of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB), key concepts such as “system” and “continuity” are introduced as well as quantitative criteria.
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Implementing smarter sound control strategies

Continuous urban population growth in recent years has created one common problem in cities throughout Canada—noise complaints. In fact, a survey conducted last year by the City of Toronto revealed that 82 per cent of people were unhappy with the current noise levels of their neighbourhoods.
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