Earlier this month, the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction announced the winners for the 2017 LafargeHolcim Awards (North American region) in Chicago. The foundation recognizes in-progress designs—not yet built—that demonstrate sustainable solutions to technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting contemporary construction.
In today’s commercial interiors, it is vital that spaces for workers, visitors, and suppliers exude a welcoming, vibrant, and ‘dressed for success’ ambiance. Living plants can be a much-needed component of any commercial building’s interior design, as they have the innate ability to transform the space naturally.
A suite of e-books, collecting some of the best and most popular Construction Canada articles, is now available free of charge. The anthologies bring together diverse stories on five topics—acoustics, sustainability, concrete, thermal insulation, and wood design—in full-colour pdfs for you to download and enjoy online or off.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects in this country have eliminated more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2005.
From Paris to provincial legislatures, big changes are coming in Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regime, with Canadian companies—and large carbon-emitters across a range of industries—still determining what the impacts will be on their bottom lines. This includes design/construction companies. At the same time, the renewed public and private-sector focus on climate change will lead to increased opportunities for Canadian design professionals to implement and improve industry-leading solutions.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) awarded North American projects as part of its Top 10 Green Projects of 2015 competition, which included a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) building in Hamilton.
Last fall, members of the construction and design community from around the world were invited to participate in an architectural tour of the Netherlands to see how the country is designing and redeveloping recognizable buildings. Despite the distance separating the countries, it was interesting to note some of the parallels with Canada in terms of technologies and strategies, as well as what Canadians can learn from Dutch design approaches.
Earlier this year, the redevelopment and expansion of Bluewater Health (Sarnia, Ont.) allowed the facility to become the province’s first acute-care project to earn certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction (NC) program.
As sustainable building has become the preferred (or, occasionally, required) construction method throughout North America, design professionals are turning to insulating concrete forms (ICFs). When comprising the building envelope, these materials provide occupants with a safe, clean, healthy, and comfortable environment in which to live and work. Whether residential multi-family, commercial new construction, school, theatre, healthcare, or retail, ICF structures also help reduce a building’s carbon footprint—their insulation can mean less energy to heat and cool than is needed in structures built with conventional materials.