Friday, August 23, 2019

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Are these fireproof, hurricane-proof geodesic domes the post-climate change house of the future?

As blogged on FastCompany.com, in a world where wildfires and hurricanes are becoming more frequent, design for new housing would be smart to anticipate the climate disasters that are coming. So these new buildings aren’t made from wood or any...

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DataBid Blog – Revised distillery district mixed-use development will include 3 buildings

The revised 31R Parliament proposal includes a 49 storey tower, a "kettle building" and a 5 storey "ribbon building" that runs nearly the full length of the southern border of the Distillery District. The developers are requesting rezoning and a...

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ActiveConversion Blog Share: Is a high bounce rate killing your website?

Among web analytic statistics, the bounce rate is one of the metrics most often overlooked by marketers. A bounce rate is the percentage of single-page visitors to your website who leave your website quickly after arriving. Some advanced systems...

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Building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decline in June

Statistics Canada reports that the value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 3.7% to $8.0 billion in June, largely due to a decrease in the value of multi-family and institutional permits. Six provinces declined, with...

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The Grey to Green Conference on green infrastructure moves to the Twin Cities region for the first time

Toronto/Minneapolis: August 9, 2019:  The Grey to Green Twin Cities Conference on Green Infrastructure will occur in the Twin Cities Region from September 30 to October 1, 2019, for the first time. The two-day conference features keynote speakers,...

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City of Winnipeg found in contempt of court order over Parker Lands process

As reported in the Winnipeg Sun, the City of Winnipeg and one of its committees has been found in contempt of a court order, due to the way it considered a hotly debated development proposal. The city could also face financial penalties related...

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Canadian housing starts trended higher in July

OTTAWA, Aug. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - The trend in housing starts was 208,970 units in July 2019, compared to 205,765 units in June 2019, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of...

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Is lot splitting a good way to increase housing density?

As reported in The Star, dividing city lots to build two houses on one property is increasingly common and controversial in Toronto. Is this good planning in light of sky high housing prices and a lack of land for development? Cherise Burda of the...

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Kamloops group hopes mural makeover for ‘ugly’ buildings stops vandalism

As reported on CBC News, the McDonald Park Neighbourhood Association in Kamloops is fundraising to install two new murals on the outside of the park's washroom and change room buildings, in the hope it will help deter vandalism. McDonald Park,...

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City powerless to stop controversial Dartmouth hotel project

As reported in The Star, there’s nothing the city can do to stop a controversial 16-storey hotel development in Dartmouth. That’s the finding of a staff report requested by Halifax regional council in a last-ditch effort to see whether the...

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Calgary neighbours head to appeal board over treehouse dispute

As reported on CTV News, it may only measure out to be about 24 square feet, but a treehouse in the southwest community of Killarney has neighbours at odds over its future. The treehouse was built along the north side of the property nine years...

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The ‘sarcophagus’ that entombed the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for 30 years is at a high risk to collapse

As reported in the National Post, on April 26, 1986, nuclear reactor no. 4 exploded at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine during a botched safety test. The explosion — and the resulting fire that engulfed part of the plant — caused a...

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Messe Frankfurt India further extends partnership with CREDAI-MCHI for building technology fairs in India

With a continued focus on strengthening its network within India’s real estate fraternity, Messe Frankfurt India has announced yet another strategic partnership with CREDAI-MCHI. The partnership extends the Indian subsidiary’s alliance for its...

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Italian architect Stefano Boeri unveils plans for Africa’s first “vertical forest”

As reported on CNN Style, home to the ancient pyramids, Egypt is no stranger to architectural innovation. So it is no surprise that it is set to become the first African nation to host a "vertical forest." Italian architect Stefano Boeri has...

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Johnson Controls marks the one-year anniversary of Autocall™

Johnson Controls marks the one-year anniversary of Autocall™ as it introduces the brand of proven fire detection systems to the Canadian market. By bringing Autocall to Canada, Johnson Controls is providing market access to the same...

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