New CaGBC designation offered

A new course by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is being launched for the first time in Ontario.

Requiring no existing green building education or experience, the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) program is a nine-month course with two in-class sessions each month.

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CSA flips switch on electrical code

The 2012 edition of Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA’s) electrical code is now available.

The Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part 1, is updated every three years to stay current with the speed and number of changes to technology and to keep pace with new developments in the sustainable use of technology, explained CSA’s Tim Pope.

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Construction begins on Pan Am Athletes’ Village

Construction is underway on the section of Toronto’s new West Don Lands community that will be used as the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village.

Developed by Waterfront Toronto in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), all buildings within the 14.3-ha (35.3-acre) Athletes’ Village area will aim to achieve a minimum of Gold under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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Rising global demand for construction aggregates

In the five years following 2010, construction aggregates are expected to grow 5.2 per cent, resulting in 48.3 billion metric tonnes.

According to The Freedonia Group’s “World Construction Aggregates” study, the period between 2005 and 2010 had a slower growth rate, reflecting moderation in aggregates-intensive non-building construction activity.

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Increasing use of space in the workplace

Advances in technology, shifting work patterns, and greater desires for work/life balance and living sustainably are changing today’s workplace, according to a new survey.

“Workplace of the Future Survey,” by Canadian furnishings manufacturer, Teknion, indicates that by 2015, workplace use is expected to increase from levels between 35 and 50 per cent today up to 85 per cent.

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Rise in tall building growth

With 88 buildings greater than 200 m (656 ft) completed last year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) sees an ongoing trend in an annual increase in building completion.

In 2011, 17 new buildings were added to the list of the world’s 100 tallest buildings. For the first time, the number of office buildings has decreased to the 50 per cent mark, while mixed-use buildings continue to rise, increasing from 23 to 31.

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