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BIM in Canada: Moving toward a national mandate for building information modelling

The Canadian architecture, engineering, construction, owner, and operator (AECOO) community is ripe for change. Building information modelling (BIM) provides a framework to prompt and guide this transformation. Many countries around the globe have put forth BIM mandates to support the collaborative process’ deployment—the goal is to improve the performance and value generated by their respective design, construction, and asset management sectors.
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Understanding the Canadian Air Barrier Standards

During the 1970s, extensive research was carried out in Canada on air leakage in buildings. Researchers at the National Research Council (NRC) demonstrated the importance of managing air leakage through the building enclosure. In the following decade, the concept of air barrier material emerged and was formally introduced in the 1985 edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
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Opening the door to visual communication

With today’s highly competitive, time-sensitive global economy, the demands on warehouses, distribution centres, and production facilities are more intense than ever before. Productivity and efficiency are at a premium, with the pace of operations at an all-time high.
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Controlling thermal movement in metal panel roofs

The term ‘thermal movement’ refers to a material’s dimensional changes resulting from temperature swings. A material experiencing a rise or decrease of temperature expands or contracts, respectively—this poses an interesting challenge when it comes to designing metal panel roof assemblies.
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