The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released the winners of its Best Tall Building Awards, highlighting the top new skyscrapers and super-tall structures. A panel of judges examined 123 entries from four competing regions: the Americas, Asia/Australia, Europe, and Middle East/Africa.
Tour AIMIA, a category ‘A’ office building in the international district of Montréal, is reportedly the first new office building in its category to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
Renovations firm Greening Homes announced its Beechwood project in Toronto won the prestigious Canadian Green Building Award in the residential category. During the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) national conference this month, Greening Homes was recognized for transforming an aging bungalow on Beechwood Crescent into one of the most highly efficient residential buildings in the country.
The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce will hold its Renewable Energies in Buildings conference in Toronto next month. The half-day event, which takes place on May 29 at the Allstream Centre, is geared toward renewable energy and building industry professionals.
Recently, I was researching into volatile organic compound (VOC) levels for epoxy coatings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare requirements. I was well aware of the different levels of familiarity with sustainable measures, and how challenging they are to incorporate into specifications. Why is there no guideline document to help write specifications for this? But then I remembered the planned CSC Green Tek-Aid… and why it never came to be.
Located just north of Toronto, the Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) is a smart, green building that continues to adopt new technologies and strategies to meet its financial and sustainability goals. It was designed 15 years ago with advanced and progressive strategies to reduce the building’s environmental footprint.
In London, Ont., a multi-residential apartment building built in 1970 was beginning to show significant signs of wear and tear on its exterior clay through-the-wall (TTW) brick, and owners had to develop a plan. Having already undertaken smaller localized repairs in the past, new water penetration issues on the upper, west-facing floors where the building is susceptible to driving rains, were cause to go in another direction.
Driven by the principles of high-performance energy (HPE) buildings through government, energy codes, and the green building movement, building energy designs across Canada and around the world strive to improve. The increasing focus on the implementation of energy-efficiency requirements, for both new construction and deep energy retrofits for commercial and public buildings, begins with envelope-first energy efficiency, reduced energy demand loads, and related greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.
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