All building insulation types save energy throughout the use phase of buildings by minimizing the heat transfer (cold/hot) through the building enclosure. The insulation installed within the building enclosure must be used effectively to have the largest impact on energy reduction.
With operating energy reductions now incentivized by Passive House Canada and zero-carbon building programs, alongside incremental improvements mandated in legislation such as theBC Energy Step Code, increased attention is being given to the embodied carbon in buildings. In this regard, mass timber products and systems offer reduced carbon impacts, shorter construction times, and enhanced building performance.
As the benefits of mass timber have become truly understood, architects, engineers and builders are realizing the potential of dowel-laminated timber (DLT) as a healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient option.
Completion of the last phase of the redevelopment of the district Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal has introduced the Esplanade Tranquille as part of a sustainability-focused transformation of the public places in the west pole.
Seneca Polytechnic is embarking on a multimillion-dollar capital project to develop a health and wellness complex that is infused with Indigenous design, sustainability, and inclusion on its Newnham campus in Toronto.
The terraced design of a proposed mixed-use development by the Gyro Beach in Kelowna reflects a unique response to adjust the buildings’ massing to harmonize with the size and surroundings of the neighbouring structures and streetscape.
With the cost of solar decreasing significantly over the last decade, in addition to the new tax incentives driving the popularity of solar, the breakeven and return on investment (ROI) improves every year—this is even more evident with solar on metal roofs, because of the lower combined installation costs (i.e. photovoltaics [PV] plus roof).
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