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April 3, 2019

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Toronto wood office building aspires to be tallest in North America

Toronto wood office building aspires to be tallest in North America

Designed by 3XN, the 10-storey T3 Bayside in Toronto will be 42 m (138 ft) tall and perhaps the tallest timber office building in North America.

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Snøhetta completes Europe’s first underwater restaurant

Snøhetta completes Europe’s first underwater restaurant

Half-sunken into the sea, the restaurant’s 34-m (112-ft) long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed, off the coast of Lindesnes, Norway.

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House of Literature creates a dialogue between new and Old Québec

House of Literature creates a dialogue between new and Old Québec

Designed by Chevalier Morales Architects, the Maison de la littérature or House of Literature has become a vibrant home to Québec literature and a popular touristic destination in Old Québec.

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Let Signs Alive bring your brand to life with style

Let Signs Alive bring your brand to life with style

By integrating quality with design, Signs Alive helps businesses make a bold impact on both clients and employees. Our design team works closely with each client, transforming ideas into impactful and captivating signage.

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Retrofitting Hamilton high-rise to Passive House standards

Retrofitting Hamilton high-rise to Passive House standards

The Ken Soble Tower Transformation project by ERA Architects will rehabilitate a post-war,
18-storey, multiresidential high-rise in Hamilton to Passive House standards.

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FEATURES

Legal Issues: The regulation of building materials

In Ontario, issues have arisen about a municipality’s ability to regulate the use of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) under its site plan control powers. The EIFS Council of Canada has therefore launched an application to the Superior Court of Justice against the City of Waterloo seeking a declaration that the city’s guidelines unlawfully trench on provincial jurisdiction.

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The challenge of noise mitigation

Many questions can arise when considering the issue of noise mitigation. For example, why might designing to the minimum Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements not get you a pass when it comes to sound transmission class (STC) rating? Is this a design issue or a blind spot in OBC? Is the tendency to design more compact and smaller units the reason behind noise complaints? Should specification of acoustical performance be considered? Read on to find out.

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