Lightweight rear-ventilated rainscreen (LWRVRS) systems with low embodied energy help improve a building envelope’s thermal efficiency by providing extra space for insulation. Building design professionals can choose from a vast array of LWRVRS façade materials with multiple thicknesses and fastening methods.
The Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects with engineering firm Aecom, incorporates cultural references to the city in an abstract manner and combines them with practical responses to the climate, context, and the functional requirements of a football stadium.
Proper specification, design, and installation of a zinc roof can provide an esthetically appealing, cost-effective, durable system capable of lasting for up to 80 years. To realize the full potential of a zinc roof, it is important to understand not only project-specific conditions, but also the material’s composition and colour palette, seam types, attachment, and installation.
The Xiqu Centre, a performing arts venue in Hong Kong designed by Vancouver-based Revery Architecture, reimagines theatre drapes and the swaying folds of the performers’ costumes with a glowing curvilinear façade.
Located in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, 77 Wade Avenue aims to be the tallest modern mass timber office and commercial building in the country that is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The long-term performance of brick masonry enclosures requires technically sound design and quality construction practices supported by diligent maintenance procedures throughout the life of the structure.
An exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) is considered a general class of nonloadbearing building cladding assembly providing exterior walls with an insulated, water-resistant, and finished surface in an integrated composite material system. It is widely used throughout the country.
In cold climates, condensation-resistance performance is expected for standard curtain wall systems. However, occupancy factors, unconventional building geometry, design details, and the design of heating systems and interior finishes may result in the reduction of condensation resistance, as demonstrated by a case study of a 12-storey commercial building in Montréal.
An article exploring techniques to meet the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) requirements using the trade-off compliance path is included in the latest addition to Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books.