Indoor cannabis production is a rapidly growing industry. Cannabis cultivation has unique requirements for landscaping, HVAC, and layout that must be taken into consideration when designing this type of facility.
With an industry that seems to be lacking women professionals, we had the honour to talk to Zey Emir, a professional engineer and construction expert, who is the current chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), and also the president of the large national consulting company, Revay & Associates Ltd.
There is one thing you can count on with basements: given enough time, cracks will appear. Every crack tells a different story, but whatever the cause they need to be dealt with quickly, to avoid further damage.
Government institutions are increasingly recognizing the role the Passive House standard can play in effectively reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are beginning to introduce it into their requirements and codes for all types of new buildings. British Columbia is leading the way.
The acoustic requirements in the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) have changed. As a consequence, designers and architects need to pay more attention to sound transmission via the junctions between floors and walls.
Experiments conducted by RDH Building Science, National Research Council Canada (NRC), and a manufacturer of insulation materials have confirmed the presence of gaps between boards of insulation will cause a reduction in its R-value.
Ceilings have become the focus for elegant, functional, acoustical, and sustainable characteristics. Suspension systems provide an exposed or concealed support system for the ceiling tiles, accommodate light fixtures and other components, and help separate the plenum space from the working area.
Below-grade shotcrete walls have historically been susceptible to water intrusion. The article explores the challenges associated with waterproofing below-grade walls at property lines and recent technical developments to improve watertightness.
In addition to illuminating office spaces with high quality and energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, connected lighting with Power over Ethernet (PoE) collects data to inform owners of maintenance requests, occupancy trends, and requests for temperature control.
Many classrooms have abandoned the traditional eyes-front configuration to create more opportunities for collaborative learning. Design professionals must now evaluate multiple options to optimize their design while working with tight facility budgets.