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March 6, 2019

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Historic Vancouver church restoration kicks off

Historic Vancouver church restoration kicks off

The St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, a landmark church and music venue in downtown Vancouver, will undergo a major seismic upgrade and heritage restoration. Design practice Ryder Architecture has been retained for this project.

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Zero-carbon buildings reduce GHG emissions: CaGBC

Zero-carbon buildings reduce GHG emissions: CaGBC report

According to a report by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), zero-carbon buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and positive financial returns over a 25-year life cycle.

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Registrations open for $100,000 RAIC International Prize

Registrations open for $100,000 RAIC International Prize

Awarded every two years, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) International Prize recognizes the power of architecture to transform society. Submissions are being accepted until April 26, 2019, for the award’s third edition.

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Big Box

New images revealed for Sidewalk Toronto

New images revealed for Sidewalk Toronto

Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio have released new renderings for Sidewalk Toronto’s Quayside project, a mixed-use community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront.

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Québec sports store, a play on performance and efficiency

Québec sports store, a play on performance and efficiency

Designed by Indesign Inc./Conrath Architecte, the spatial and material attributes of Sportium stem from the sporting world.

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FEATURES

Designing for solar PV

Gone are the days when architects needed to hide bulky solar panels from view to preserve their design vision. Today’s panels and racking solutions have created a world of limitless possibilities where solar photovoltaic (PV) technology can be integrated into the building design instead of added as an afterthought.

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Thermal breaks prevent heat loss

Thermal conductivity of conventional balcony designs is a challenge with multi-unit building projects. By breaking the thermal bridge between the cold exterior balcony and warm interior floor, structural thermal breaks (STBs) eliminate 90 per cent of energy loss at the balcony and increase the comfort of interior living space.

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