The Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) has unveiled the winners of its awards of excellence for 2023. Eleven Quebec projects were recognized, with two Grand Prix d’excellence awards this year: one for the Insectarium de Montréal Metamorphosis, and the other for renovations to the Centre culturel Desjardins in Joliette.
Among the many performance characteristics expected of today’s building wraps (also referred to as weather-resistive barriers, water-resistive barrier [WRB], or housewrap), draining bulk water is increasingly important. When rainwater infiltrates the space between cladding and sheathing, it can create major problems if it is not managed quickly.
Combining multiple esthetics is the standard rather than the exception in building exteriors. And since the days of monolithic design are long gone, architects are pushing the limits by integrating materials to create a modern, sophisticated look. At the same time, no designer can afford to sacrifice performance for an eye-catching look. Ever-evolving, stricter building codes, and heightened expectations from building owners now demand the right balance between beauty and durability.
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