The federal government is investing $35,000 in a project at Carleton University aiming to help the construction industry design more energy efficient and high-performing buildings. This project will study and model occupant behavioural patterns to better predict building energy consumption and find new methods to reduce it.
Building an ultra-energy efficient industrial-style building in a northern climate is no easy task, but the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in downtown Prince George proves it can be done.
The redevelopment project of the Canada Post building in Vancouver by QuadReal Property Group is touted as one of the most ambitious heritage redevelopments in the country’s history, preserving the building’s architectural features through adaptive reuse.
When selecting air barrier products to employ in building designs, architects have a broad range of choices. Spray foam insulation products are often selected because they can provide superior performance and also contribute to greater energy and operating cost savings in buildings.
Commercial buildings are among the biggest consumers of energy, with much of it being wasted. There is growing pressure to provide more efficient designs that are also sustainable over the life of the building.
Carleton University in Ottawa has released a new energy master plan, part of a strategy for reducing current energy and water consumption and ensuring the highest possible conservation levels are maintained as the campus evolves.
Some of Ontario’s best green builders were recently celebrated at the EnerQuality Awards Gala in Vaughan, Ontario. More than 200 industry peers gathered to share concepts and accolades as they help to move the province toward an energy-conscious future.
As a child in the early 1980s, this article’s author had a clubhouse he called the ‘Millennium Falcon’—standing 2 m (6 ft) off the ground, it was a simple A-frame held in place by four old telephone posts, complete with a fireman’s pole and pully system for escape when under attack by the Imperial Starfleet.