While insulation is not the sole contributor to a net-zero building, insulated concrete form (ICF) technology, in combination with other energy-saving practices, can improve a building’s energy efficiency while easing the construction process.
In an exclusive interview, Billy Grayson, the Urban Land Institute (ULI’s) chief sustainability expert, spoke to Construction Canada on how Toronto can improve its aging public housing and why it is vital to do so.
In an exclusive interview, Daniel Ling, principal at Montgomery Sisam Architects, speaks to Construction Canada on Toronto’s first-ever permanent supportive housing project that uses an innovative modular construction method.
Building codes, product standards, and regulatory requirements are changing the insulation market. Learn about the changes and how they can affect a project, and spray foam solutions that can help make projects more energy efficient and ‘greener.’
Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the Vancouver city council for their Passive House affordable housing development in Vancouver for the non-profit organization Brightside Community Homes Foundation. The development’s design is in response to the foundation’s ideals, namely the mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing.
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.
In a city where construction is constant, developers are looking for opportunities to incorporate green energy solutions into their projects. Case in point: The Well project in Toronto. This new addition to Toronto’s downtown core will feature seven towers of mixed-use space, all sitting atop a new thermal energy facility.
Energy and thermal performance requirements are growing and playing an increasingly significant role in building codes throughout North America. However, understanding and meeting these requirements has also become complex for designers. At the same time, it is clear important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the project to achieve the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and comfortable building.