Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Sustainable Buildings Canada releases a framework for Net Zero Energy refurbishments of social housing building stock in Canada

Sustainable Buildings Canada (www.sbcanada.org) is pleased to announce the release of foundational research for large-scale Net Zero Energy refurbishments in collaboration with Netherlands social innovator, Energiesprong...

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Report: Cancelling Site C project cheaper than pausing construction for a year or more

It would cost more to pause construction of Site C than it would to cancel it outright, according to a new study. The independent report on the $8.8-billion hydroelectric dam was prepared by Deloitte LLP — a major international consulting firm...

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50 Iconic buildings you need to see before you die

Perhaps one of the greatest joys of traveling is drinking in the local culture. Its essence is all around: reflected in the food, the textiles, the dialects, and of course, the architecture. Each destination's local flair infuses itself into...

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Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association launches app that highlights OHS legislation relating to the construction sector

Over the years, the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) has heard the same excuses when it comes to workplaces not following the Occupational Health and Safety legislation — “I didn’t know.” “There really wasn’t an...

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Vancouver builders put their heart into Children’s Hospital redevelopment

Phil Weston had a deeply personal reason for going to work every day during the redevelopment of B.C. Children’s and B.C. Women’s hospitals.  Weston was a senior project manager on construction of the Teck Acute Care Centre, slated to open...

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The Importance of Deck Building Products Fire Ratings to Minimize Fire Threats

The summer of 2017 brought significant awareness to the danger and damage caused by wildfires. Thousands of wildfires have been burning throughout western North America with a state of emergency being declared in more than one state and...

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2 cranes collapse in Miami due to Hurricane Irma

Two cranes atop high-rise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma. The cranes were among two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powered...

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Canadian housing starts trend increased in August

OTTAWA, September 11, 2017 — The trend in housing starts was 219,447 units in August 2017, compared to 217,339 units in July 2017, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of...

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Insurance expert says Fraser River basin would face highest costs after major earthquake

Many Lower Mainand residents likely believe that the greatest financial losses in a catastrophic west coast earthquake would occur in the city of Vancouver. That's because it's home to the tallest buildings, largest population, most jobs,...

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Can working in a green building make you more productive?

Researchers have discovered that air quality and ventilation in office buildings have major impacts on cognitive function and job performance. The findings could transform the spaces where we work. You’re sitting in a cramped conference room...

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Saskatoon tiny house builder aims to pressure city hall over infill zoning by-law

Saskatoon developer Andrew Machnee thinks the future of infill in the city comes in a 228-square-foot package, like the one he’s building in Caswell Hill. Machnee trumpets the project as the city’s first permanent tiny house in an effort to...

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Poor design and construction blamed in damage to California dam

Bad design and construction of the tallest U.S. dam a half-century ago and inadequate state and federal oversight since then led to a disastrous spillway collapse in February, an independent national team of dam safety experts said Tuesday as they...

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