Subarctic research centre awarded for excellence

A research centre in subarctic Manitoba has been honoured for showing high-performance buildings can operate in particularly harsh conditions.

A Prairie Architects project, with mechanical/electrical design by Enermodal Engineering, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) has won an Award of Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) Manitoba Chapter.

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ISO introduces new standard for the built environment

A new international standard will help ensure interior spaces have optimal light and energy performance.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16817:2012, Building Environment Design–Indoor Environment–Design Process for Visual Environment, will make certain indoor environments include elements related to visual comfort, health, safety, well-being, and efficiency.

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Metal roofing research reaches final stage

A landmark North American study evaluating metal roof and wall assembly performance is entering its final phase.

The Dynamic Building Envelope Research project, conducted by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), began in 2009.

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B.C. building goes for the challenge

Burnaby, B.C.’s UniverCity Childcare Centre is aiming to be the first Canadian project to meet the Living Building Challenge—a certification program that defines sustainability in the built environment.

Providing a framework for design, construction, and the relationship between people and the built environment, the program, created by the International Living Future Institute, comprises seven performance areas.

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Huge container ship terminal planned for Nova Scotia

Planned for Nova Scotia’s Strait of Canso, a logistics park linking container ships with railways is expected to be the continent’s most efficient facility of its type.

The Maher Melford Terminal, to be constructed on the mainland side, will connect Asia with interior North American markets through the Canadian National Railway (CNR) intermodal rail service.

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Fire and safety market heating up

Renovations requiring upgraded life safety systems to comply with codes are fuelling the booming Canadian market for fire protection in buildings.

Research from Frost & Sullivan’s “North American Fire and Life Safety Market” reports a fire and safety market of $2.1 billion in 2010, estimated to reach $2.37 billion in 2015.

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New MasterFormat released

CSC and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) have released MasterFormat 2012, updating the organizational standard to include 76 new numbers/titles, numerous revisions, and an expanded utilities division.

Used to organize project manuals, detail cost information, and relate drawing notations to specifications, MasterFormat is a list of numbers and titles classified by work results or construction practices.

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