According to a new Efficiency Canada report, there is no pathway to achieving Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments that does not include retrofitting the country’s millions of residential and commercial buildings.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) shared more details on the Centre Block, renovation in Ottawa, Ont. The update drives home the immense effort underway to restore and modernize Canada’s most iconic building, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) said in a press release.
In an exclusive interview, Billy Grayson, the Urban Land Institute (ULI’s) chief sustainability expert, spoke to Construction Canada on how Toronto can improve its aging public housing and why it is vital to do so.
Efficiency Capital’s comprehensive efficiency retrofit project at multiple WoodGreen Community Housing buildings is the first project in Canada to achieve the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification, awarded by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI Canada).
The four-storey North Bay Courthouse building in Ontario was retrofitted with a new lateral force-resisting system (LFRS). The interior steel framing and slab connections were structurally strengthened to transfer seismic loading to 13 full-height, reinforced precast concrete shear walls around the building perimeter. Further, cracked masonry joints were repointed, damaged masonry units were replaced, and an elastomeric coating was applied over the entire wall surface.
The Building NX retrofit at Humber College, Toronto, has been awarded the Zero Carbon Building—Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first retrofit in the country to achieve this certification.
The Ken Soble Tower Transformation project by ERA Architects will rehabilitate a post-war apartment in Hamilton to Passive House standards. It also aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 94 per cent and lay the groundwork for industry-wide, ultra-low energy retrofits across the country.