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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Toronto architects mark their buildings

A new policy has been adopted by the City of Toronto to give credit to building designers.

Toronto City Council decided all new buildings of 1000 m2 (11,000 sf) will include the name of the main design architect, or architect of record, either “affixed or inscribed on the building at a location near the main entry or prominent façade of the structure.”

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Driving forward with parking facility innovation

A recent study by the International Parking Institute (IPI) shows a high demand for sustainable solutions and advances in new technology for parking facilities.

The “2011 Emerging Trends in Parking” survey of design/construction professionals, transportation agencies, urban planners, and facility management revealed an increasing demand for green and sustainable parking solutions.

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Shining a light on weather’s impact on photovoltaics

A project to identify how different weather conditions impact solar panel effectiveness has been launched between two Kingston, Ont., schools—Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College.

“The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry around the world is growing at an unprecedented rate, but there is very little available information shared about the performance of solar cells in different outdoor environments,” explained Joshua Pearce, a professor in Queen’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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Artfully flipping the light switch in Vancouver

A condominium building is brightening up Vancouver with the city’s largest ever light art project. The ever-changing display of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) continually shifts between colours and designs with the time of day.

Reliance Properties’ West Pender Place condominium development overlooking Coal Harbour will feature the 24-hour display.

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Toronto’s 70-storey condo building under construction

Earlier this month, ground was broken on a mixed-use skyscraper that is set to be Toronto’s fifth tallest structure. The busy southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets will be home to One Bloor Street East—a 70-storey project designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

The 238-m (767-ft) building, expected to be completed by 2014, will have more than 730 condominium units, along with connections to the city’s two most prominent subway lines, spa and fitness facilities, and about 9290 m2 (100,000 sf) of retail space.

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