A new dental complex in Longueuil, Que., embodies the philosophy ‘minimal means for maximum effects’, using ultra-clear glass curtain walls to let in natural light and biophilic views to help reduce psychophysiological stress of patients, and create a distinct, and transparent architectural monument for outsiders.
The Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FenBC) has become a Canadian region of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) as of Sept 1, 2022, which will help both organizations gain better access to new areas, enhance collaboration opportunities, and allow for better administrative control.
A landmark cultural infrastructure project, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility is pointing the way to a greener future with significant enhancements to achieve net-zero carbon.
Curtain wall systems provide excellent access to daylight and views that are desired by the building owners and occupants for health and productivity. However, the increasing stringency of building codes has created a conflict with delivering highly glazed buildings because the glazed areas are less thermally efficient than opaque walls.
Since 1990, wired glass has been the sole material cited in the National Building Code (NBC) for safety glazing in fire-rated applications. This is going to change soon. The change will have major implications for designers and contractors working with fire-rated glazing materials.
Since roll-formed and laser-welded steel methodology is relatively new for curtain walls, this article addresses three relevant inaccuracies as they relate to Canada’s snow-laden winters, subarctic temperatures, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4.1 goals.
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