Effective as of May, the BC Building Code introduced changes to require better energy efficiency in most new buildings in the province, and either encourage or require lower carbon emissions in new buildings.
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) offer energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and faster construction, compared to the more traditional and labour-intensive carpenter hand-built timber forms. ICFS are becoming increasingly popular as architects and builders around the globe recognize the windfalls of the technology.
Indeed, as a project matures, it becomes increasingly difficult, as well as costly, to make effective changes to the performance. In response to this need, KPMB LAB, the research and innovation group at KPMB Architects, has developed a basic energy modelling tool for internal use on projects. This article discusses how the tool works, how it relates to more comprehensive energy modelling software, and how it can be useful to an architect during concept and schematic design phases.
The federal and Manitoba governments, along with the crown corporation Efficiency Manitoba, will jointly invest more than $17.4 million to build affordable apartment units in Winnipeg. The project team also plans to implement energy-saving measures throughout the construction process.
A new project, worth $293 million, at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, is looking to achieve BC Energy Step Code 4, the highest step in housing and residential construction targeting net zero ready build.
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.
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