CaGBC conference showcases ‘greener’ cities

Last week, some of the country’s leaders in green building and sustainable design gathered in Toronto to examine community-wide sustainable development principles promoting healthy living and the conservation of natural resources.

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) held its annual National Conference and Expo from June 11 to 13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

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Toronto to transform Athletes Village

Once the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games are over, Toronto’s Athletes Village will be transformed into a new waterfront neighbourhood—Canary District.

A former brownfield site, the 14-ha (35-acre) mixed-use space will contain eight buildings, including condominiums, affordable housing, and George Brown College student residences.

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CMHC helps Canadians obtain affordable homes

Last year, $346 billion—20 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP)—was spent on housing-related activities, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

As stated in its 2011 report, “A Solid Foundation for Generations, ” the national agency itself provided $2 billion in support for housing programs, which includes $1.7 billion for federal funding in support of almost 605,000 families living in existing social housing under long-term arrangements.

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Manitoba government increases contaminated site monitoring

The Manitoba government is proposing changes to the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act, improving site investigation and management.

“These changes will ensure sites that might affect the health of Manitobans will now be reported, investigated, and dealt with by those responsible for the contamination,” said Gord Mackintosh, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister.

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MIT study paves way for road improvements

The findings of a U.S. study could have implications on Canadian pavement design. Using stiffer pavements on roadways could reduce vehicle fuel consumption by three per cent, and decrease carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 46.5 million metric tons, saving up to 237 million barrels of crude oil annually.

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CSC Conference: F. Ross Browne Award for metal panel article

Late last month, at the Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) National Conference in Ottawa, Paul Bertram Jr., CSC, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, and Ian J. Manser, LEED GA, were honoured with the F. Ross Browne Award for writing excellence.

Named after the late CSC president (and “Curmudgeon’s Corner” columnist), the prize goes to Construction Canada authors based on originality, relevance, and style.

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Ottawa bridge wins American shotcrete award

An Ottawa bridge has won the Outstanding Infrastructure Project award in this year’s American Shotcrete Association (ASA) competition, celebrating projects that use pneumatically applied concrete or mortar.

The 2010 structure rehabilitation project of Portage Bridge, designed by Genivar & National Capital Commission, won for its innovative and effective use of the shotcrete process in the arena of infrastructure repair.

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NAIMA Canada names new executive director

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Canada has appointed Jay Nordenstrom as the new executive director.

As previous executive director of the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS), Nordenstrom was responsible for the overall strategic direction, including all aspects of advocacy with the federal and provincial governments and railways.

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Ontario engineering teams lauded

A Toronto lakefront development, an arena-turned-supermarket, and the Earth Rangers Centre were among the winning projects in the 10th annual Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) awards.

“Most Ontarians don’t realize the built environment of our cities, towns, and villages has been shaped by a team of consulting engineers,” said CEO’s Barry Steinberg, P.Eng.

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Reworking LEED RP credit submittals

The submission process for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Regional Priority (RP) credits is being revised.

Currently, detailed narrative and supporting material preparation is needed for Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) RP credit applications to explain credit importance in the given region.

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