Kinetic façade systems: Adding a dynamic element to building structures

Wind-driven kinetic façade systems add dynamic movement to building enclosures and wall systems. Responding to air currents, the flapper-panel design creates the look of rolling waves across the wall. Suitable for both small- and large-scale projects, popular applications include transit and parking facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and artistic installations.

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American Standard: Long-standing quality and reliable design

Working united with plumbers and partners, American Standard puts innovation, ingenuity, collaboration, and passion into each and every product they offer. From houses to hotels, master baths to hockey rinks, colleges to the kitchen sink—consumers can depend on American Standard products to work and to wow, to fit in, and to stand out. For more information, visit www.americanstandard.ca.

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The greening of insulation materials

The federal government has stipulated that thermal insulations with hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents must have a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or less by the end of this year. It will be important for architects and designers to understand these new requirements and update their master specifications and technical documents accordingly.

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Measuring wood’s moisture content

Wood is an exceptionally versatile and attractive building material that has been used in construction for thousands of years. Wood’s advantages in construction are many. It is extremely strong in relation to its weight, is widely available, and is economically competitive with other types of building materials. Additionally, wood is durable, reusable, and carries the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable building material.

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Surveying the 2020 design/construction landscape

For several years, Construction Canada has conducted an annual salary survey, asking readers about the state of the country’s construction industry. This, of course, is the sector responsible for designing, creating, and maintaining our built environment, whether it is condo towers and mixed-use mid-rises, or hospitals, schools, and offices.

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A reintroduction to acoustics

Acoustics is a vital part of our everyday experience of the built environment; however, the role background sound plays in making these environments more comfortable for occupants is often overlooked. As a result, the misconception persists that acoustical dissatisfaction and lack of speech privacy can be resolved merely by limiting noise levels or blocking transmission.

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