When evaluating flooring options for health-care centres, it is important to consider the need to reduce noise levels while maintaining high standards of cleanliness to provide safety and comfort to patients and providers.
A snow guard increases friction between roof and snow, retaining a snowpack on a roof, so that it evacuates in a predictable and controlled fashion (evaporation and thaw) rather than by a sudden and dangerous rooftop avalanche.
While insulation is not the sole contributor to a net-zero building, insulated concrete form (ICF) technology, in combination with other energy-saving practices, can improve a building’s energy efficiency while easing the construction process.
Vegetated roofs offer multiple benefits to urban areas, such as managing stormwater and reducing energy demand. Wind flow around buildings creates positive and negative pressure fluctuations, affecting both the roofing and the vegetation on it. As part of the building envelope, it is important a vegetated roof is secured against these forces.
The planning, design, and construction of hospital facilities normally take years. However, the pandemic presented a unique challenge where solutions had to be conceived and implemented within months. This is the story of one response to this unique challenge.
For public projects, as for other types of buildings, new engineered mass timber products, supported by recent legislation, make wood an economic and functional choice in both rural and urban areas. Two recent B.C. projects illustrate this point.
Podium deck waterproofing systems and surface finishes are intended to protect the underlying structure. If the systems are neglected, moisture ingress into the structure can lead to costly deterioration.