TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Asphalt roofing info online

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has launched a more user-friendly website providing increased accessibility of content on mobile devices. These updates allow more access to information for those on jobsites through smartphones and tablets with enhanced mobile responsive functionality.

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Colour-coded cost estimates

Montréal-based colorPlan provides various construction professionals with new technologies and digital tools to create cost estimates for projects. The service helps construction companies reduce estimating efforts with outsourcing, and enables them to work more efficiently by completing estimates with precision. colorPlan focuses its estimating services on trades such as masonry, interior systems, concrete, and ceramics.

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BIPV Symposium coming to Toronto

The second annual Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Symposium is coming to Toronto this spring. Taking place at the Allstream Centre on April 24, the event aims to provide attendees with knowledge on how to integrate solar PV into building design while replacing other standard materials. The technological, economical, and legal concepts required to move this sector’s development forward, will be explored through discussion.

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Duct construction app released

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has released an app for the third edition of its manual, HVAC Duct Construction Standard—Metal and Flexible. The program provides a simplified process for finding construction options for rectangular ducts with dimensions up to 3048 mm (120 in.) for applications discussed in the manual. It offers options for external and internal reinforcements, specifically angles and electrical metallic tubing (EMT) conduit tie rods, respectively.

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Green building book available

Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowner’s and Contactors, offers readers information on every aspect of energy-efficient home building, from roofs and ceilings, to foundations. Author Chris Magwood is a builder and designer specializing in sustainable techniques. The resource provides information valuable to building owners and specifiers when comparing various systems’ for each particular project.

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Lighting specification software updated

Arcom’s MasterSpec software program has been updated to include new lighting technologies and products now available to engineers and designers. These updates included separating previously called Section 265100, “Interior Lighting,” into six separate sections including “Incandescent Interior Lighting,” “LED Interior Lighting,” and “Emergency and Exit Lighting.” Further, the former Section 265600, “Exterior Lighting” was divided into five sections raning from “Lighting Poles and Standards” to “Exterior Athletic Lighting.”

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ASHRAE 4th GreenGuide edition published

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) GreenGuide: Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings is now available in both print and e-book formats. The first version of the text was published a decade ago, and now it includes more updated information about the changing green building practices in North America. The chapter on indoor environmental quality was revised to include effective ways of improving occupant comfort while also reducing energy consumption.

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ArchiCAD version for small firms now available

ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014 building information modelling (BIM) software has been released by Graphisoft North America. This year’s edition, based on the ArchiCAD 17, is designed for use by smaller firms. It includes features to create any virtual building model and documentation, including floor plans, elevations, 3D views, project details, and bills of materials.

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Emergency design resource published

Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World, published by W.W. Norton & Company, provides readers with disaster-proof, environmentally-responsible designs suitable for evolving climates. This resource examines natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, as well as rising sea levels or civil disorder damages. The goal is to provide inexpensive, yet sustainable, housing that can withstand these types of occurrences. Written by Bridgette Meinhold, 40 successful emergency and long-term projects are examined.

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Steel conference coming to Toronto

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosts the 2014 North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in March, welcoming design and construction professionals from the fabricated steel industry. Presented by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the three-day event offers the 3500 expected attendees networking opportunities, more than 100 educational sessions, and a show floor with more than 200 exhibitors. This year, educational session topics range from the new direct analysis method and the Code of Standard Practice, as well as practical aspects of designing for torsion.

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