The benefits of high-performance buildings are being recognized by owners, designers, and policy-makers alike. This led to an uptake in Passive House (PH) design, as it is widely recognized as the most rigorous energy-based standard in the construction industry today.
Climate change poses challenges for building professionals tasked with the job of protecting structures from water damage. By becoming a part of the concrete, crystalline admixtures remove the need for a waterproofing membrane.
The 2015 edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) permits mixed-type occupancies on the first two storeys of wood buildings. Two facilities in British Columbia, both with primary retail occupancies, employ several mass wood products to achieve very different effects.
Three years ago, the British Columbia government said it would require all new buildings to meet a net-zero, energy-ready performance by 2032, the highest level of performance achievable today. To deliver on that goal, it kicked off the development of a regulation that is now steadily transforming communities across the province.
An article in our newest e-book explores the variety of creative solutions the TACC design team employed to achieve resiliency and ensure the facility remains operational during natural disasters. It appears along with two other articles on institutional architecture in “Designing MUSH Facilities,” a free, downloadable resource.