Construct Canada builds biggest success yet

Celebrating its 23rd year in Toronto, Construct Canada set a new record earlier this month—24,200 attendees, according to show organizers.

The country’s largest annual show on the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment, the event encompasses smaller shows like the HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, PM [Project Management] Expo, DesignTrends, Concrete Canada, and the National GreenBuilding Conference.

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Atlas opens new polyiso facility in Vancouver

Atlas Roofing Corp., has opened a polyisocyanurate (polyiso) manufacturing facility in Metro Vancouver to deal with the region’s growing demand for roof and wall insulation products.

All products from the plant are certified under Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association’s (PIMA’s) QualityMark Program, demonstrating third-party certification for thermal insulation values.

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ASHRAE awards innovative projects

Among the winning Canadian projects in this year’s American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology Awards were an arena, a cancer centre, and a university.

Recognizing successful application of innovative design, the awards incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Satisfying the need for speedy LEED certification

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is accelerating the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada certification process to less than six months.

To better serve project owners and deliver faster certification, CaGBC has increased internal staff to address most of the backlogged projects and delayed Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs).

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New Canadian standard for healthcare facility design

A new Canadian Standard Association (CSA) standard can help hospitals and healthcare facilities reduce infections, plan for pandemics, protect newborns and the elderly, and care for obese patients.

Released last month, CSA Z8000, Canadian Healthcare Facilities–Planning, Design, and Construction, sets out requirements and addresses concerns specific to healthcare facilities, beyond what is contained in building codes and guidelines.

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Inefficient glass could lead to building retrofits

Over the years, Toronto’s skyline has been filling up with glass towers, but according to industry experts, what may be nice for style and views can be detrimental to energy efficiency.

According to a report by CBC News, buildings with high volumes of glass can be inefficient due to: insulation failures; water leaks; skyrocketing energy and maintenance costs; and declining resale potential.

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Ontario wood projects earn design awards

A library, a house, and a school in Haiti are three of the winning projects in this year’s Ontario Wood Design Awards.

Recognizing people and organizations advancing the use of wood in construction through design excellence and innovation, the 11th annual Wood Works awards competition drew 70 nominations.

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