Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Glass skyscrapers have turned entire cities into energy vampires

As blogged on Vice.com, on April 22, Earth Day, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a ripple of fear through the city’s construction and real estate industry when he announced he would “introduce legislation to ban glass and steel skyscrapers...

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Ground breaks on Muttart residential area in Edmonton

As reported on CBC News, city officials and developers broke ground on the Muttart Urban District on Monday, a new residential development near the Stadium LRT Station. The long-awaited transit-oriented development will link the new residential...

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Architecture: Concrete house appears to float over its base

As blogged on Curbed.com, the Peninsula House appears to defy gravity. Designed as a monolithic concrete block, the house in Kanto, Japan, seems to hover over its base with only a column to balance it. Sales intelligence for the construction,...

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Dry weather causing cracking foundations, heaving pavement in Winnipeg

As reported on CTV News, after a drier than normal first half of the year, Winnipeg finally saw some rain Monday – but the dry weather may have already left its mark. Dry grass, heaving pavement, and cracking foundations are just a few of the...

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Green Innovations: Cooling/heating window film captures and releases solar energy

As blogged on New Atlas, a couple of years ago we heard about the MOlecular Solar Thermal(MOST) system, in which solar energy is stored in a liquid medium, then later released as heat. Now, the technology has been applied to a clear film that...

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Building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decline in May

Statistics Canada reports that following a record $9.5 billion in April, the value of permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 13.0% to $8.2 billion in May. Increases in six provinces and all three territories were not enough to offset...

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Federal government to announce funding for unique veterans’ home in Ottawa

As reported on CBC News, the federal government will announce financial support for Canada's first home designed specifically for homeless veterans Tuesday, a month before construction is scheduled to start. Sales intelligence for the...

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Canadian housing starts trended higher in June

OTTAWA, July 9, 2019 /CNW/ - The trend in housing starts was 205,838 units in June 2019, compared to 200,530 units in May 2019, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the...

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Feds say Windsor building is safe even though workers evacuated

As reported on CTV News, the government agency that closed a federal building in Windsor says it was only a “precautionary measure.” The building at 441 University Ave. W. was closed last Thursday due to unsafe conditions. More than 300...

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Flood-struck B.C. residents say damaged homes offered buyouts at post-disaster values

As reported on CTV News, more than one year after rescuers swam from home to home in a low-income neighbourhood devastated by flooding in Grand Forks, B.C., some residents say they were rattled to learn the property buyouts they've been waiting for...

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Bulletin 243 – Building Fire Evacuation Measures

Although a typical fire safety plan contains a broad range of requirements, its main emphasis is to provide building operators and managers with the evacuation procedures needed to minimize the threat conditions occupants or employees may encounter...

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Register to Attend: Technology Built Innovation V – Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Digital Innovation and Technology

    Toronto, Ontario – CanBIM will present their Toronto Regional Session, Technology Built Innovation V: Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Digital Innovation and Technology, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto...

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Esquimalt’s ‘inflatable home’ the first in Canada

As reported on vicnews.com, Victoria’s – and Canada’s – first ever ‘inflatable home’ or ‘Binishell’ is going up in an Esquimalt neighbourhood. And while it might look like a large tent is being installed, the Binishell is actually...

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City of Mississauga’s five year energy conservation plan an environmental success

The City of Mississauga has successfully completed its last Five Year Energy Conservation Plan (2014-2019), and will begin a new energy conservation plan for 2019-2023. The plan addresses climate change and energy usage in City buildings. Within...

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After 30 years, will the Rogers Centre get a facelift or will it be replaced?

As reported on CTV News, it’s been just over a month since the Rogers Centre turned 30 and the facility is in need of a facelift—but Toronto Mayor John Tory says the future of the building is not yet known. “I think you’re going to see...

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