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.
To address unintended and unwanted killing of birds, the federal government commissioned the National Standard of Canada group to prepare the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A460:19, Bird-friendly building design, in order to help building industry professionals, including architects, developers, and owners, to make structures safe for birds.
Diamond Schmitt Architects has won an Award of Excellence in Urban Design for Adaptive Re-use by the City of London for transforming a late 19th-century department store in London, Ont., into a multi-disciplinary centre of learning for Fanshawe College.