Understanding changes to International Quality Standards

The application of international standards to building and infrastructure projects is a relatively new phenomenon in Canada. While many architecture, engineering, and construction firms use International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards to improve their business practices, it is generally something industry leaders embrace for a competitive advantage, rather than something used across the board.

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Installing large-format ceramic tile and stone

Today, the ceramic and natural stone tiles used for floors and walls are bigger and heavier than ever before. Gone are the days of floors routinely set with 304 x 304-mm (12 x 12-in.) units. Architects, designers, and end-users now appreciate the clean, monolithic look of large-format tile on building projects.

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Sustainable design goes underground

The Environmental Science and Chemistry building is the newest addition to the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTS) north campus, across from the original 1960s-era grounds. Joining the Instructional Centre, which opened in 2011, the two facilities will be connected by a green space, tentatively referred to as the Earth Tube Plaza.

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Parking garage defies convention with mesh

The Carlisle Street Parking Garage in St. Catharines, Ont., is unlike other traditional parking structures. More than just a place to keep cars, this architectural gem stands out as an attractive, safe, sustainable building, while providing excellent ventilation and visual appeal to the community’s downtown.

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