As an alternative to removing and replacing the original masonry, project teams and architects are encouraged to design an insulated facade layer with vapour barrier, creating a new enclosure that is watertight and energy efficient, and possibly more attractive. This raises a question about how to ensure the ideal placement and attachment of the insulation, air barrier, and cladding.
The new landmark building for the School of Continuing Studies at York University’s (YorkU’s) Keele campus exhibits a distinct twisted shape, emblematic of the school’s identity and culture, which is centred around accelerated professional growth in response to the rapidly changing labour market.
Water intrusion causes significant problems for buildings and must be prevented from damaging the structure. The building products industry is continuously looking for new technologies to assist with the prevention of water damage. Nature, as a notorious problem solver, often inspires solutions within the industry.
The U.S.-based Brick Industry Association’s (BIA’s) 2022 Brick in Architecture Awards have honoured the Drake Hotel’s Modern Wing in Toronto. Earning silver designation in the commercial category, it is among 45 other winning projects from the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, and Germany.
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.
A series of five student residences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater), address the importance of student wellness, inclusivity, and sustainable design through their dynamic programming, visual transparency, and context-responsive materiality.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) and Belanger Salach Architecture (BSA) selected Corten steel as a dominant material for Place des Arts (PdA), built in Sudbury, Ontario, to give the centre a glowing, orange hue.
This presentation will be an interactive session to take the audience through the challenges we face as an industry on our quest to achieve a sustainable future for building façade design and installation in our rapidly evolving Canadian climate. Sustainability of buildings should start at the façade.
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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