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Designing to reduce a building’s embodied carbon

The carbon footprint of the design and construction industry reaches far beyond the boundaries of a single building or site. Due to various processes, ranging from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing and installation of the construction materials, the impact of a single project includes both embodied carbon within the built environment and operational carbon generated throughout the life cycle of the structure. Embodied carbon is defined as the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during the full life cycle of a product from extraction (cradle) to the use and disposal phases (grave).

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Cloud-based Autodesk

Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, a comprehensive, cloud-based service for the construction industry that provides a virtual workspace to create, access, maintain, mark up, and share 2-D and 3-D project documents, plans, and building information models.

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Challenges with cold-climate design

Buildings in arctic and subarctic climates face not only challenges related to cold, but also remoteness, limited utilities, permafrost, and extreme temperature shifts. Designers must meet these challenges while keeping occupants comfortable and minimizing impact on the environment. The newly published Cold-Climate Buildings Design Guide from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provides information on the issues commonly faced by designers in these climates.

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Wood and midrise construction handbook

Growing interest in wood-frame construction as an economical and environmentally responsible type of construction, along with the growth in the urban population, prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller wood-frame buildings in the last few years. Now, FPInnovations has published the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook to help facilitate the design and construction of such five- and six-storey buildings across Canada.

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ARMA videos released

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released educational videos providing a look at the various components making up low- and steep-slope assemblies. “Asphalt Roofing 101–A System Above the Rest” educates the homeowner and commercial property owner in two separate segments. Roofing components such as ice and water barriers, underlayment, shingle-starters, asphalt shingles, hip and ridge shingles, and ventilation are examined. The videos showcase images and information illustrating each component and how they work together…

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New 3-D modelling program now available

Model-based software, Tekla Structural Designer, is now available for architects, engineers, and construction professionals to effectively analyze and design 3-D multi-material buildings. Fully automated design features, as well as high-quality documentation and building information modelling (BIM), allows creation of various project aspects from steel framing to concrete slab design in a single design model. The program provides the ability to compare alternate design schemes, manage changes, and collaborate with other team members…

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Mid-rise wood construction guide published

Released by WoodWorks!, Mid-rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code is based on a detailed code analysis performed by Morrison Hershfield for construction and design professionals interested in wood-frame mid-rise construction now permitted by the Ontario Building Code (OBC). The guide explores new provisions to educate readers on what is now possible in the province in terms of wood building. These changes include the option to create five- and six-storey buildings with wood. This resource outlines potential building challenges, as well as opportunities for designers…

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