Advancing the quality of light

Human-centric lighting can help achieve more natural skin tones and warmer wood colours, increased vibrancy of objects, and a pleasant environment for building occupants. This article makes a case for turning the focus on the users of a facility and selecting light sources that will not only be functional, sustainable, and esthetically pleasing, but also enhance occupant experience.

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Architectural zinc roofing considerations

Proper specification, design, and installation of a zinc roof can provide an esthetically appealing, cost-effective, durable system capable of lasting for up to 80 years. To realize the full potential of a zinc roof, it is important to understand not only project-specific conditions, but also the material’s composition and colour palette, seam types, attachment, and installation.

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Demystifying self-consolidating concrete

Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) is designed to flow and synthesize on its own. Even though the technology has advanced, it retains an air of mystery. This article provides an overview of SCC and explains its many benefits, design, chemistry, plastic performance, production, specification, testing and certification, and construction best practices.

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Designing a landscape for learning

The landscape architecture studio at FORREC was tasked with creating an exterior for the new student centre at York University, Toronto. This project serves as an example of the benefits of a contemporary, collaborative construction effort between the client, other stakeholders, end-users, and the design and construction teams.

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