Honouring sustainable infrastructure

As part of a major campaign to raise awareness about the country’s deteriorating public infrastructure and the importance of building more sustainably in the future, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) is sponsoring the Award for Government Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure.

Randy Pickle, CSCE president, says around 80 per cent of the public infrastructure in the country is close to the end of its useful life.

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Carpenter named LEED Fellow

Stephen Carpenter, president of Enermodal Engineering, and a contributor to Construction Canada, has been named a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Fellow by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

“When thinking of the many professionals who have contributed to the success of LEED in Canada, Stephen Carpenter ranks among the most dedicated and instrumental experts in this field,” said Mark Hutchinson.

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Calgary team has bright hopes for solar building

A durable, net-zero solar-powered home has been built by the University of Calgary as the only Canadian entry in this year’s Solar Decathlon competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“We chose to enter the competition in part because of our experience in 2009, which saw Team Alberta’s SolAbode best numerous returning competitors to a sixth place finish out of 20 international teams,” the team’s Johann Kyser told Construction Canada Online.

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One-quarter of Canadian executives worry about energy efficiency

A survey commissioned by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) shows almost one-quarter of Canadian executives feel energy is not being consumed efficiently within their organization.

The study, conducted by Leger Marketing, also reveals more than half of the participants feel it is important to take part in programs that improve the energy or sustainable performance of their organization.

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Fenestration testing facility comes to Canada

Architectural Testing Inc.’s (ATI’s) first Canadian laboratory opened in Winnipeg last week, enabling the country’s window and door manufacturers, architects, and specifiers to perform more locally based testing of fenestration products and systems.

All testing facilities, personnel, and methodologies will be fully accredited to International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

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Construction set for Toronto’s new aquarium

A new aquarium, opening at the base of Toronto’s CN Tower, will boast more than 5.7 million L (1.5 million gal) of water, depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the 12,500-m2 (135,000-sf) Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is set to include more than 13,500 species of animals in exhibits ranging from tropical reefs and Atlantic Ocean habitats to the Great Lakes.

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Faster communication for the Ontario construction industry

Reed Construction Data (RCD) and several local construction associations (LCAs) in Ontario have formed a strategic alliance to enhance the communication between construction owners, bidders, and design professionals.

“We listened to what the industry needed through engagement with industry stakeholders,” explained Craig Roberts, RCD’s director of business development.

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Canadian project steels first place in student competition

A Montréal project won first place in the “Open” category in the 2010-2011 Steel Design Student Competition by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

“Lacing the Gaze: Public Library and Cultural Centre for NGD, Montréal, Canada,” was submitted by Yekaterina Artemchuk from McGill University, with faculty sponsor Martin Bressani.

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