As we move toward taller timber buildings, fire and acoustics considerations for dwelling units above dwelling units is increasingly important. This article shares the results of National Research Council of Canada testing of various sound control assemblies to comply with new National Building Code of Canada (NBC) requirements. The results are beneficial for architects and specifiers working on wood-framed, multifamily structures.
CertainTeed Corporation has bought Hunter Douglas’ North American ceilings operations. Hunter Douglas’ North American business manufactures architectural ceilings and soffit systems with operations in Norcross, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado, and has 100 employees.
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released its list of the top five green building trends for 2018. The organization expressed an optimistic view as to how it believes the build industry will perform this year.
Last week, Jim Carr, Canada’s natural resources minister, announced a $182-million investment to increase energy efficiency and address climate change by improving how homes and buildings are designed, renovated, and constructed. The federal government is working with provinces, territories, and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.
CSC and CSI have announced the 10-year renewal of an agreement to license and support MasterFormat in Canada, United States, and worldwide. MasterFormat is used throughout the building industry to format specifications for construction contract documents.
Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) has inked an exclusive deal with Building Systems Design (BSD), a provider of specification content and software for the AEC community through which BSD and CSC will now provide the Canadian National Master Specification (NMS) at www.specmarket.com, alongside BSD’s SpecLink master specification content.
Earlier this fall, the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA) presented their newly developed Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to its membership. The declaration—developed and published by CCPPA and its members as well as verified by a third-party—reveals the potential environmental impact of concrete-based infrastructure products.
The country’s top sustainability projects were honoured at the seventh annual Clean50 Summit, held in late September in Toronto. The 2018 Canada’s Clean50 Top Projects list celebrates 20 enterprises by groups ranging from large corporations and municipalities to university students and individuals.