Indoor cannabis production is a rapidly growing industry. Cannabis cultivation has unique requirements for landscaping, HVAC, and layout that must be taken into consideration when designing this type of facility.
Toronto-based WZMH Architects has been accepted into Microsoft’s global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, a program designed to assist businesses in transforming the way people, devices, and data interact. The architecture firm has developed a smart building technology.
Commercial buildings are among the biggest consumers of energy, with much of it being wasted. There is growing pressure to provide more efficient designs that are also sustainable over the life of the building.
The Royal University Hospital (RUH) provides acute-care services for Saskatoon . Working with a building technology and energy service company (ESCO), it has invested $13.6 million to provide critical facility upgrades expected to save $1.4 million annually, along with providing a healthier environment both inside the hospital and in the larger community. Find out what was changed.
What is geothermal energy, and what are its low-carbon advantages? Why is it not more commonly used in Ontario—and how logical is it to try to use it as regularly as natural gas? These questions and more will be answered at the Ontario Geothermal Association’s (OGA’s) annual meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22.
Tall-building developments in Toronto are outpacing every other city in North America, with roughly 44 high-rises exceeding the 150-m (492-ft) mark—more than triple the 13 skyscrapers gracing the city’s skyline in 2005. The dramatic increase in office and living space pointed to epic levels of energy use, capturing the attention of Canadian legislators.
Current Canadian projects indicate energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are not a fad, but the wave of the future. One project putting this type of HVAC technology on the ‘sustainability map’ is the Montréal-based Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). CHUM’s 185,810-m2 (2-million-sf) expansion (pictured above) makes it one of the largest hospitals in North America.
An essential problem with data centres and other mission-critical facilities is that heat, humidity, and dust are electronics’ ‘kryptonite.’ In other words, without carefully planned measures, computer servers and high-tech hospital equipment can rapidly fail.