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Sustainable commercial interiors guide released

Published by John Wiley & Sons, the second edition of Sustainable Commercial Interiors has been revised for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 information. The book is a guide to sustainable design practices for commercial interiors. Authors Penny Bonda, Katie Sosnowchik, and Summer Minchew offer the sustainable and technical information required to improve indoor environments, as well as the outdoor.

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Updated stone safety manual available

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has released an updated “Health and Safety in the Stone Business” technical module. The revised version includes Ontario-specific information and came as a result of collaboration between the MIA Safety Committee and the province’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Association. Based on the U.S. version, revisions include references to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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BIM provider announces new website

Building information modelling (BIM) specification software and services provider, InterSpec, has launched a new website with architecture, engineering, and construction professionals in mind. The site provides intuitive landing pages for various construction sectors including links to relevant resources and access to the company’s specification information.

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MasterFormat update released

CSC and CSI have released MasterFormat 2014 Update, which includes several significant revisions from the previous edition of the design/construction industry’s organizational standard. One of the new additions is the inclusion of a “selective demolition” section in most divisions. These sections provide information on incorporating demolition into building plans.

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Green parking design text published

The International Parking Institute has released Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook. The text provides information and 20 case study examples of creating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified parking facilities. Topics covered include sustainable parking operations and management, facility operation, accommodation of electric vehicles, and landscaping.

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New sustainability resource for engineers available

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) has launched Sustainable Development for Canadian Consulting Engineers, a resource for engineers and owners of public and private infrastructure. The document provides information that will help consulting engineers and their clients with meeting future, long-term sustainability goals.

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CaGBC conference comes to Toronto

The 2014 edition of Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) National Conference and Expo is coming to Toronto. Titled “Building Lasting Change,” the event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from June 2 to 4. The expo hall tradeshow has been expanded to include more booths and pavilions this year; there will also be more than 30 continuing education sessions, along with a half-day materials workshop sponsored by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

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Guide on wood design

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) has developed an online resource, WoodFacts, to provide information regarding safety, code compliance, environmental impact, and economic benefits of building with wood products. The information is available to users in fact sheets, case studies, and relevant reports.

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