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October 15, 2019

Hunters Point Library called out over accessibility issues

Three sections of Steven Holl’s recently opened Hunters Point Library in Long Island City, Queens, have raised concerns due to only being accessible by stairs and are now being reorganized. While the library was previously applauded for the staircase’s design, and there’s an elevator, it doesn’t provide access to the three, tiered levels of stacks above the lobby................................Read Article


October 15, 2019

CaGBC gets commercial real estate owners to disclose energy consumption data

As commercial real estate is a highly competitive business, you might expect property owners to keep their cards close to their chests. A new initiative, however, has encouraged three major players with buildings across Canada—QuadReal Property Group, Triovest and Concert Properties—to publicly share their portfolios’ energy and water consumption data, using the Canadian Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) new Disclosure data visualization tool.....................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Ontario hoping to speed up building permit process

The Ontario government continues its series of announcements affecting the residential construction landscape in the province. It recently announced a proposal to speed up construction of new housing and other projects by establishing an “administrative authority” to address areas where new permit approval services could be added and existing ones improved..........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Commercial Real Estate: Turmoil at WeWork may impact Metro Vancouver office market

Turmoil at WeWork, the giant office co-working company, has yet to impact Vancouver’s office market, but future leases here between landlords and the New York company could eventually be affected, local commercial property insiders say........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Eastern Construction gave out $600 bonuses after WSIB UFL erased

Ontario Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced an end to the WSIB’s unfunded liability charge in Toronto Sept. 24, a savings of $607 million to Ontario employers he said could be reinvested in new jobs, new technology and health and safety programs.......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

BIG reveals penthouses in Toronto's plant-covered King complex

BIG has revealed the design details of eight penthouses that will top its "boxilated" Toronto housing complex complete with private greenhouses, tea rooms and Nordic-inspired details. The new set of renders round out the details for the mixed-use King complex in the Canadian city, which BIG has designed for developers Allied and Westbank. It was revealed in 2016, and gained zoning approval in 2018............................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property: poll

Nearly a year on from legalization, survey asks property owners and renters how they feel about cannabis use and growth in units. Landlords are increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on a rental property, according to a poll released October 8......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Inside Innovation: Long road ahead for full AV in construction

The development of autonomous robotic vehicles (AV’s) for construction seems to make great sense. Potential productivity gains, a solution to the shortage of new entrants to the skilled labour force, and a desire to improve safety conditions for site workers make robotic vehicles an attractive, efficient alternative to manual operation of earth-moving equipment and vehicles...........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Student Housing In Canada Is Being Ignored, And It Might Be Why You Can’t Afford Rent

In the endless debate over Canada’s high house prices and rising rents, foreign buyers have become the most popular target for blame, and a popular target for policy action now, too. But the problem may have more to do with a somewhat different group of people landing on our shores, and the fact no one is building housing for them: international students.......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Procurement policies risk “hollowing out” sector: CCA report

Anticipated growth of mega-projects could polarize the construction industry into large general contractors and small subcontractors, with little room in the market for mid-size firms, warns a new report on trends impacting the sector released by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA)....................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Canada’s co-working sector grows, even as WeWork woes deepen

Questions continue to swirl about one of the co-working industry’s giants, but one thing is not in doubt; the flexible office workspace sector has exploded across Canada, quadrupling its footprint since 2014 according to new research by CBRE.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Roger Taillibert, architect of Montreal's Olympic Stadium, dead at 93

MONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s 1976 Olympic Stadium and relentlessly defended it against its critics, has died at the age of 93. The renowned French architect created hundreds of other buildings, including the Parc des Princes stadium and Deauville swimming pool in France and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar...........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Province renews emergency order for crane removal in Halifax

The Nova Scotia government renewed on Wednesday the localized state of emergency in the area surrounding a crane that collapsed during hurricane Dorian in early September. The state of emergency was set to expire on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., but it has now been extended for another 14 days............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Cool bricks use evaporation to reduce heat for interiors

A team of scientists in Spain are creating passively cooling bricks which could replace or augment air-conditioning in residential and commercial spaces. Though they are described as bricks, the more formal description is hydro-ceramics, a “sandwich” created by a layer of hydro gel spheres with a fabric layer between two ceramic outside layers..........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

A Russian World Cup stadium could sink into a swamp

Russia spent over $14 billion to host the FIFA World Cup last July and August, with the Kaliningrad Arena itself costing about $300 million. However, only a year after hosting the games, the building has faced numerous issues due to the fact that the stadium was built on previously unused wetlands in a flood plain, with soil not equipped to handle such a large structure.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Bjarke Ingels Group Completes Vancouver House, a Modern Twist on New York’s Flatiron Building

Almost a decade ago, a young(er) Bjarke Ingels was commissioned to take on the challenge of designing a building among Vancouver’s labyrinth of roads and ramps. Today, when you drive across Granville Bridge into downtown Vancouver (a stretch that crosses False Creek, a body of water opposite to Vancouver Harbor), what catches your attention isn’t the sparkling sea or the snow-capped mountains in the background, but a 493-foot cantilevered residential tower that twists and turns as it stretches toward the sky.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Tory announces 'Green Will' plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings

Mayor John Tory is pulling together major commercial landowners in the city to form a new initiative aimed at reducing energy consumption and emissions as part of a larger effort to address climate change, less than a week after thousands of people took to the streets to demand immediate political action on the file..........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Sustainable design is the most important election issue

Sustainable building and design is the most important issue for our readers in the upcoming federal election. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents to a survey conducted by Construction Canada earlier this month felt climate change is the priority.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Human Rights Tribunal approves female hiring strategy

B.C.’s first female-led construction company, Belle Construction, has been given the stamp of approval from the Human Rights Tribunal to exclusively recruit and hire female tradespeople.............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

ATCO’s Calgary HQ wins architecture award

International architecture practice Pickard Chilton has won two American Architecture Awards for its design of the ATCO corporate campus in Calgary, Alta., and the Northwestern Mutual Commons and Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Modified bamboo a steel rebar alternative?

Bamboo injected with an elastomeric polymer could prove to be a practical alternative to steel rebar as reinforcement in concrete. That’s the conclusion of research done by three engineering technology students for a Capstone project at Lethbridge College in Alberta......................Read Article


September 30, 2019

The Landlords Most Exposed To Thomas Cook’s Collapse

On Monday, it was officially announced that after 178 years in business, travel agency and holiday tour operator Thomas Cook has collapsed into insolvency, dragged down by debts of £1.7B. The failure has left tens of thousands of travellers unsure of how to get back from holiday, and almost 20,000 staff facing the prospect of losing their jobs. It will also leave property owners facing big losses.......................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Ontario establishes construction advisory panel

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS – The Ontario government is partnering with the construction sector by establishing a special advisory panel to provide advice on a broad range of workplace issues, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced today.....................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Sou Fujimoto Architects will bring coliving to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Sou Fujimoto Architects (SFA), in collaboration with The Collective, a London-based coliving developer, will be developing the former Slave Theater site at 1215 Fulton, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The building, currently in permitting, is projected to open in 2022.  The 10-story, 240,000 square-foot project will be composed of three separate structures and will feature a mix of public cultural space and coliving apartment units...................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Crown Realty Partners Earns Top ESG Rating in GRESB Assessment

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Realty Partners (Crown) is pleased to announce it has achieved a 5-star ranking in the 2019 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a global standard for benchmarking sustainability performance for real asset investments....................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Nova Scotia hires two contractors to remove collapsed crane from Halifax building

HALIFAX—Days after declaring a localized state of emergency to speed up the removal of a construction crane toppled as post-tropical storm Dorian swept through Halifax, the Nova Scotia government has hired two contractors to take down the ruined crane..........................Read Article


September 30, 2019

New weapons detection system will be tested at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

A high-tech security system that uses 3D radar imaging and artificial intelligence to detect weapons will soon be beta-tested at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).........................Read Article


September 30, 2019

7 Mid-September Economic Nuggets ‒ With an Emphasis on Mega Project Construction

While it hardly seems academically acceptable, maybe the best way to describe the current economic environment at home and around the world is to label it ‘weird’........................ Read Article


September 23, 2019

This downtown St. John’s building is one of the most accessible in Canada

As reported on CBC News, Husky Energy’s downtown St. John’s office space and the building it’s in have been recognized as being one of the most accessible work places in the country. In 2017, Husky designed an accessible floor plan, which included colour-coded floors, better natural lighting for workers of all abilities, and adjustable workstations before moving into its 100,000-square-foot space at 351 Water St., managed by East Port Properties..................Read Article


September 23, 2019

WeWork delays $20bn IPO after struggling to interest investors

WeWork, the US office-sharing company, has postponed its stock market flotation after receiving a lukewarm response from investors. WeWork’s parent, We Company, had planned to launch an investor roadshow this week to drum up interest in its $20bn (£16bn) share sale, slashed from an initial valuation of $47bn.............................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Mercedes-Benz kicks off construction of new Toronto dealership

TORONTO — Ground was broken on the new Mercedes-Benz Etobicoke site in Toronto recently, with the firm touting new MAR2020 design standards that are guiding project design. The 95,900-square-foot facility will occupy a six-acre site at the southeast corner of The Queensway and The East Mall, adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway and Highway 427.......................Read Article


September 23, 2019

On the day of a global climate strike, Canadian architects commit to action on the climate crisis

OTTAWA, September 20, 2019 — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Committee on Regenerative Environments is calling on Canadian architectural and design firms to commit to combatting the climate crisis by signing a new Canadian Architects Declare pledge....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Montreal’s Sun Life Building earns LEED Platinum certification

One of Montreal’s most iconic office complexes, the Sun Life Building, continues to pile up the honours. The century-old building has been awarded LEED EB Platinum certification by the Canada Green Building Council...........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Inside Innovation: Lack of government-mandated BIM fails to slow its impact

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has taken hold in every aspect of construction project development. BIM is not new to the industry — it’s been around for a while. It’s global acceptance is confirmed by the fact that countries such as Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam have gone so far as to mandate the use of BIM in their public projects.........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

A look at the twisting museum bridge in Norway

As blogged on New Atlas, high-profile firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) recently completed a stunning new project in Norway. Aptly-named The Twist, it consists of a museum and bridge that twists 90 degrees near its center. The Twist is located in the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, outside Oslo. The idea is that visitors meander through works by famous artists like Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Lynda Benglis Yayoi and Fernando Botero, among others, then cross The Twist to complete their art tour...........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Airbnb to become publicly traded company next year

Short-term rental company Airbnb says it plans to go public next year and list its shares on the stock exchange. The company made the announcement in a news release on Thursday, but declined to offer any details about what stock exchange it would list on or how much money it plans to raise in the process....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

P.E.I. man in coma after fall at construction site

As reported in The Guardian, a headfirst plummet onto concrete at a construction site last week has left an Emerald man battling for his life. Ryan Mahar, 32, fell roughly 20 feet while working to build a warehouse in the Elmsdale area on Sept. 4, his parents Dale and Lori Maher told The Guardian on Wednesday....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Central Park Tower tops out to become the world's tallest residential building

The 1,550-foot-tall Central Park Tower is officially the tallest residential building in the world. After topping out earlier this week, the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed structure now stands nearly complete at 217 West 57th Street, higher than any of its neighbors on Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Builders are swapping cement for weed to reduce pollution

As reported on Bloomberg.com, the hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry. Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s oil patch, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

How Montreal’s Habitat 67 is inspiring a new generation of apartments in Asia

As reported on CBC News, Habitat 67, a seemingly bizarre and innovative collection of modular apartments overlooking the St. Lawrence River, has been around for more than 50 years. Moshe Safdie still can’t believe it exists. “It’s like a fairy tale. How did I ever get it built?” said Safdie, 81. The Israeli-Canadian architect designed the project, and was in his 20s when it opened in 1967. Built for Expo 67 in Montreal’s Cité du Havre neighbourhood, not far from the Old Port, its cubist design, floor-to-ceiling windows and rooftop gardens were heralded as a new way to build urban housing....................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Killam Apartment REIT Confirms No Damage Following Hurricane Dorian

HALIFAX, Sept. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Killam Apartment REIT (TSX: KMP.UN) confirms no major damage to any of its properties from Hurricane Dorian. Killam is waiting for power to be restored across the region......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Top Trends in Environmental Construction 2019

Trends come and go in the complex world of construction, particularly when there are so many technological advancements to keep on top of. Some, however, are here to stay – and the desire to use more sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques is one of those......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

American Society of Landscape Architects publishes guide to universal design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a guide to universal design meant to set the bar for universal accessibility in the landscape architecture realm beyond the largely quantitative requirements stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Quebec-based Locnest offers landlords peace of mind

When Samantha St-Louis first decided to rent out her three-bedroom detached home in Rigaud, she was leery of considering any prospective tenants with pets. Like many landlords, she feared she’d end up having to pay out of pocket to repair damage caused by misbehaving animals. She also worried about how her family would cope financially if she ended up with a deadbeat tenant who fell behind on the rent.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Decoding digital transformation in construction

As blogged on McKinsey.com, after spending five years and countless sums on trialing new software platforms and ways of working, the executive team at a large contractor was nearly ready to call an end to its digital-transformation program. Dozens of attempts to streamline projects with digital solutions, such as 5D BIM, had failed to deliver. A few had succeeded in the pilot phase, but the company had struggled to apply those solutions at scale....................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Oxford plans 1M square feet of rooftop solar

Look up next time you’re shopping at a major mall in the Greater Toronto Area — it might just make you green with delight. That’s because Oxford Properties will install a million square feet of rooftop solar panels atop its North American retail and industrial assets by 2022................Read Article


September 9, 2019

B.C.'s maximum allowable rent increase to rise 2.6% in 2020

The maximum allowable annual rent increase for B.C. has been set at 2.6 per cent for 2020, marking the second year under new provincial regulations that limit the increase to the cost of inflation. Under the old rules, landlords could raise rents by the cost of inflation plus two per cent, but a provincial task force last year recommended eliminating the two per cent add-on. Cabinet accepted that recommendation on Sept. 26, 2018....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

SNC-Lavalin chosen by Fengate for facility management at pair of new Newfoundland long term care projects

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has been selected by Fengate Capital Management to provide facilities operations and maintenance (O&M) and lifecycle services for two new long term care (LTC) facilities in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Study of construction workers links poor sleep to injury risk

As reported on  Safety+Health magazine, employers should prioritize efforts to help workers get a good night’s sleep, researchers from Colorado State University say after their study of construction workers found a connection between poor quality sleep and the risk of workplace incidents and injuries..................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Researchers and robots team up to build innovative pavilion in a German garden

Installed on the grounds of the 2019 Bundesgartenschau (BUGA) biennial horticulture show in Heilbronn, Germany, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion is the product of years of research in biomimicry. Biomimetic design aims to produce structures, materials, and effects after principles and processes found in nature. In other words, the BUGA Pavilion is a not-so-primitive hut inspired by fauna rather than flora.....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Spruce Grove man becomes first Canadian to win world safety award

As reported in the Spruce Grove Examiner, Michael Brown is now officially one of the world’s best safety consultants. The Spruce Grove resident was nominated for the World Safety Organization’s Safety Person of the Year award earlier this year......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

New Vancouver office tower comes with architectural twists and turns

VANCOUVER — A new and unusual 32-storey office tower will soon climb up into downtown Vancouver’s skyline. Vancouver city council has approved a rezoning proposal for a new tower at 1166 Pender St. to replace a 15-storey office building currently occupying the site originally constructed in 1974. The original proposal for the new tower was submitted in October 2018 with a revised application in Feb. 2019...................Read Article


August 19, 2019

City of Edmonton announces incentives for the installation of solar panels

Edmontonians can now apply for solar installation rebates through the City’s Change Homes for Climate – Solar Program. The new incentive rate of $0.40/watt will cover roughly 15 per cent towards the cost of a home solar energy system installation. Previously, Edmontonians applied for solar rebates through Energy Efficiency Alberta, with $0.90/watt coming from the province and a top-up of $0.15/watt from the City of Edmonton................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Inside Innovation: The compelling case for EV charging stations

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is destined to grow in the future. One of the factors holding consumers back, however, is the availability of EV charging stations......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Innovative building draws on Indigenous knowledge for design and materials

As reported on CBC News, it’s called a muskrat hut and the people behind it hope it can help alleviate some problems on First Nations and beyond. “The muskrat hut is a small mobile building that houses a bathroom, a shower, toilet and has a kitchen area as well,” said Alex Wilson, a professor with the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba where a prototype is being built....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Designing for dementia: Long-term memory care, from the ground up

The Main Boulevard at the Village, a new development in Langley, B.C., wends through an idyllic scene. Car-free and edged by flower gardens, it starts at something called the Community Building – an airy, skylight space with a spa, salon and fireside café – before passing by clusters of quaint cottages, each painted a unique, rich colour such as terra cotta or teal. But the details of the neighbourhood reveal a different, deeper purpose...................Read Article


August 19, 2019

B.C. engineer leads Canadian team in post-Nepal earthquake rebuild

In April 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake of 7.8 (out of 10) magnitude. The damage to people and property was, in the true sense of the term, awesome. More than 2,500 public buildings and over 500,000 private dwellings collapsed. Over 7,000 school buildings and more than 1,000 healthcare facilities were damaged. Soon after the disaster, the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE), a national, non-profit, technical society, sent a reconnaissance team of engineers and geoscientists to the small in area but large in population (30 million) Himalayan country....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

How Where’d You Go, Bernadette’s Production Designer Created the Film’s Stunning Fictional Architecture

You might not have heard of the architect Bernadette Fox, but in the fictional world of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette—and now in director Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of the story, out August 16—she is kind of a big deal..................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Inside Innovation: CarbonCure technology reduces GHG’s, makes concrete stronger

A Canadian company based in Nova Scotia is gathering wide-spread attention for technology that injects captured CO2 into cement and concrete products..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory

A new, easy to reference tool combining CanSIA’s annual member directory with advice and information for homeowners, businesses, and other building and land owners who want to go solar......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory

A new, easy to reference tool combining CanSIA’s annual member directory with advice and information for homeowners, businesses, and other building and land owners who want to go solar......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Deal allows Waterfront Toronto to block controversial Sidewalk Labs project by fall if key issues not resolved

Google affiliate Sidewalks Labs LLC and development agency Waterfront Toronto have reached an agreement that would allow them to scrap Sidewalk’s plans for a high-tech Toronto neighbourhood by the end of October if concerns about the project aren’t resolved....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo

Last spring, Frances Halsband—one of New York City’s most respected and accomplished architects—was having the same conversation over and over again: What the hell is going on in architecture? After multiple women accused the movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct in the fall of 2017, women who have had similar experiences in other fields became emboldened to speak out....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

How can climate change impact Canadian concrete infrastructure?

According to an engineer and researcher at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), global climate change is expected to lead to the increased deterioration of concrete infrastructure in Canada in the future.  Sudip Talukdar, civil engineering program coordinator in BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, did computer simulations of the effect of climate change on concrete in Vancouver and Toronto.................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Renovations Underway at Scotiabank Arena

It has been a big year for the Scotiabank Arena at Bay and Lake Shore in Downtown Toronto.  The multi-million dollar renovation designed by Kramer Design Associates is bringing a refreshed look to the building that includes dark exterior finishes, an expanded video screen along the arena's west side overlooking Maple Leaf Square/Jurassic Park, as well as a new signage and plenty of other upgrades within..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

As Coworking Conquers Markets, Landlords Wonder How Much Is Too Much

WeWork, which has grown from a one-floor lease in SoHo to New York City’s largest private office tenant in the span of nine years, is expected to go public next month, targeting a $3.5B raise. But amidst the hype of the highly anticipated initial public offering, the commercial real estate community continues to wrestle with how to hedge against the exploding coworking and flexible workspace sector, and how to capitalize on it..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

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 municipality had any recourse to shut down the project at the corner of Prince Albert Rd. and Glenwood Ave.......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

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 other conventional building materials. Instead, they’re made from bioceramic—which can withstand disasters, and perhaps dramatically lower construction costs....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Engineered system can cool buildings without the use of electricity

As blogged on TechnologyNetworks.com, engineers have designed a new system that can help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation at a time when cities are working to adapt to climate change......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

The Architecture Lobby calls for pledges against designing detention centers

The Architecture Lobby (T-A-L) and Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) are once again calling on architects to boycott the design and construction of immigration detention centers and deterrence infrastructure....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

High temperatures can put workers at risk of heat stress

Richmond, B.C.– WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and outdoor workers about the risk of developing heat stress during hot weather. If not recognized and treated early, heat stress can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke..................Read Article


July 29, 2019

How women are leading the charge to recycle whole houses

As blogged on Smithsonian.com, when Ruthie Mundell was in high school, everyone laughed at her for digging through the trash. She’d count paper, cans and cardboard, keeping careful numbers on trash volume and recycling rates. Her “trash audit” led to a local recycling revolution in Leonardtown, Maryland, amounting to more bins and higher student recycling rates......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Can Miami Design a Solution to Rising Seas?

Oh, Miami, America’s tropical fever dream. The city along Biscayne Bay has been half a fantasy since at least the 1950s, a raffish, pastel-colored, Art Deco, bikini-clad vision of escape. Miami Beach, the smaller island city floating just across the bay, sits at the heart of this illusion, a stroll along South Beach promising a chance to briefly escape the harder edges of daily life. Yet these two communities built on dreams are coming to grips with a reality some of the nation continues to deny: the impact of global climate change......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Toronto firm ADR Chambers appointed new ANA overseeing adjudicators

TORONTO — Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has appointed Toronto-based firm ADR Chambers to serve as the Authorized Nominating Authority (ANA) to administer adjudicators as part of the province’s new prompt payment and adjudication system..............Read Article


July 29, 2019

Canadian steel association ‘discouraged’ with move to increase use of U.S. steel in federal projects

U.S. president Donald Trump has signed an executive order, part of which requires 95 per cent of steel and iron used in any federal infrastructure contract to be sourced from American firms and the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) says it’s a step in the wrong direction.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Smart Building Security: Creating Your Digital Fortress

A growing number of commercial and private buildings are incorporating smart technology in their design and daily operations. Smart buildings bring a wide range of conveniences to property managers, but the Internet of Things (IoT) technology that allows buildings and devices to communicate also presents a variety of security issues.........................Read Article


July 29, 2019

The future of AI in the construction industry

As blogged on techradar.com, according to McKinsey, the construction industry is under-digitized, with companies failing to realise the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) as a driver of growth and efficiency. Implementing AI means significant investment for construction companies, but the rewards can far outweigh the initial outlay....................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Nova Scotia couple building sustainable home out of tires

As reported on CBC News, Pippa Creery and Bob Kloske’s retirement involves a lot of dirt. The couple are building an earth berm tire house, which they hope will be a little piece of paradise in Ship Harbour, on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

PAU reinvents the center of a complex post-industrial waterfront

The conversion of a 137-year-old sugar factory into a contemporary office complex requires a delicate touch when the building is landmarked—and even more so when it’s the heart of a complex, 11-acre riverfront master plan.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Three reasons Canada outpaces U.S. in office construction boom

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Canada is punching well above its weight in terms of the country’s overall intensity of new office construction when compared to developers in the United States. Developers in Canada are currently building about 20.7 million square feet (MSF) of new office space across the country, with just over 89 per cent of that in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

The internet is up in arms over tank-like Edmonton Public Library

As the redesigned Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton, Canada creeps closer to its 2020 completion date, residents of the city have begun to express concerns that the project won’t end up as advertised. The building, which sits downtown and serves as the central branch of the Edmonton Public Library system, has prompted an online backlash after photos of the construction site began circulating in the last few days, with many on Twitter comparing the library to a tank or cruise ship.....................Read Article


July 29, 2019

BUC battles BACU over tile, terrazzo certification

Details remain sketchy but it has emerged the Building Union of Canada (BUC) is battling with the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada (BACU) to represent some unionized marble, tile and terrazzo trade workers in the ICI sector in Ontario...................Read Article


July 22, 2019

More than half century after construction, Montreal’s Habitat 67 still captivates

MONTREAL — Surrounded by river and silhouetted against a blue sky, the futuristic stacked concrete cubes of Montreal’s Habitat 67 jut out of the landscape like a child’s building-block project brought to life.....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may be tempting to take the leap, the unpredictability of autonomous equipment on high-risk construction sites has prompted key players in the space to take pause....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Revealing the two architects named to the Order of Canada

Architects Raymond J. Cole and Donald R M. Schmitt have been named to the Order of Canada this year. Toronto-based Schmitt, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, receives this award for his rehabilitation of iconic heritage buildings and sustainable architectural designs. Vancouver-based Cole, professor emeritus, the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), is honoured for his skillful pairing of architecture and environmental sustainability and leadership in the field............................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject to new Transport Canada regulations.....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

New hotel and homesharing hybrid creates investment vehicle for Airbnb

As blogged on Curbed.com, a pair of new developments in downtown Austin and Miami hopes to create a new hybrid hotel and condo model that allows owners to buy into a large property specifically designed for renting out on Airbnb.........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Toronto remains unrivalled in North American construction crane count

TORONTO—From the massive excavation site that once housed The Globe and Mail building on Front Street, to the trio of cranes stretched over the former home of Honest Ed’s on Bloor Street, construction activity in Toronto shows few signs of slowing........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Despite opposition, Ottawa city council approves Château Laurier addition

Ottawa’s city council has voted to refuse to reopen the debate on the controversial addition of the historic Château Laurier hotel. A special council meeting was held last week for council to reconsider its 14-9 decision to refuse to revoke the heritage permit for the historic hotel expansion........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

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 used as a building system that cuts down on costs........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Proper fitting work wear for women a safety must

As if anyone hasn’t noticed, women’s bodies are generally differently shaped than those of men. Not only do women tend to be smaller, their feet are narrower both in width and at the ankle and their hands are smaller, according to various work attire experts. And if there’s one thing most women hate — on or off the construction site — it’s clothes that don’t fit properly and are uncomfortable to move around in while working........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Condo owners face challenges for EV charging

Live in a condo or townhouse? Want to switch to an electric vehicle (EV)? It might not be as simple as just trading in your gas-powered car. Older condo complexes will find it difficult to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations without an expensive electric upgrade.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

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 that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore”..........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

The first phase of DS+R's linear London park is now open to the public

The first phase of The Tide, London’s version of the High Line, officially opened to the public on Friday. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with local firm Neiheiser Argyros, the inaugural section of the linear park marks one-fifth of the overall three-mile-long landscape coming to the banks of the River Thames........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council advances the future of LEED

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Existing ICI buildings slowly becoming more energy efficient, finds BOMA

While most new buildings are being constructed to higher standards of sustainability, more of Canada’s existing commercial, light industrial, retail and institutional buildings are also becoming more efficient.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

New CCA mentorship program connects innovators with contractors looking to test novel solutions

TORONTO—Without the direct input of end users, innovations are often little more than solutions in search of problems. A new mentorship program organized by Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) is taking aim at this long-standing challenge by connecting construction innovators directly with contractors capable of testing new solutions.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

$1.2B multi-use community for north Montreal

BOISBRIAND, QUE. — A small Quebec-based family developer has announced plans for a $1.2-billion multi-use development in the North Shore community of Boisbriand, north of Montreal that will cover 53 hectares at the intersection of Highways 13 and 640......................Read Article


July 15, 2019

B.C. Energy Step Code challenges old paradigms

Collaboration is key for an innovative building energy-efficiency standard that’s made British Columbia the first North American jurisdiction to create a regulated pathway to net-zero energy-ready buildings...........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Electrical code changes property managers should know

On May 16, Ontario’s new Electrical Safety Code took effect and there are some changes that building owners and managers should know. The Ontario code adopts, by reference, the Canadian Electrical Code, and adds on top of that Ontario-specific amendments......................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Construction jobs dry up in June as industry posts another decline in employment

OTTAWA—Aside from a big April gain, there’s been little to brag about in the Canadian construction industry’s labour market this year. And the negative news shows few signs of abating..........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

New York's public housing is in crisis. Can architects design the way out?

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) has selected architects Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich of Peterson Rich Office (PRO) to dream up housing and maintenance strategies for New York City’s deteriorating public housing for the nonprofit planning think tank’s newly-funded chair of urban design. The joint appointment will give the pair the opportunity to build on past work that reimagined the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) developments.......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Prominent Ottawa architect urges Trudeau to intervene over Château Laurier addition

As reported in The ChronicleHerald, Ottawa architect and heritage consultant Barry Padolsky has written an open letter to Justin Trudeau, asking the prime minister to step in to convince hotel owner Larco Investment to go back to the drawing board for a rethinking of a controversial addition to the historic Château Laurier.....................Read Article


July 8, 2019

22 Saskatchewan construction electricians sanctioned for academic misconduct

As reported on Global News, twenty-two construction electricians have been sanctioned for academic misconduct while attending apprenticeship technical training at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Moose Jaw....................Read Article


July 8, 2019

China's Buildings Are Watching How People Shop, Cook and Steal

Fintech is changing the way people borrow, invest and pay for things. But there’s another type of technology -- most noticeably in China-- that’s altering the way urban dwellers interact with their living and shopping environments......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Toronto-area firm fined $200,000 after worker killed by concrete panel on downtown construction site in 2017

TORONTO—J.N.D. Erectors Ltd. has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for a health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker on a Toronto construction site. The fatal incident happened in March 2017 at a new development at 130 Queens Quay East on the city’s eastern waterfront...........Read Article


July 8, 2019

Outpost Office explores the state of architectural education in post-revolution Ukraine

Architecture has faced many challenges in modern Ukraine: shifting narratives around cultural heritage and the legacy of Soviet architecture, predatory developers who willfully ignore planning regulations, a struggling economy, and widespread corruption to name a few. Ukraine’s state institutions of higher education often grapple with badly needed reforms, bloated by outdated bureaucracy and limited resources...........................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Toronto update – expect higher house prices and a slowdown in office construction

Based on its latest job numbers, Toronto’s economy is definitely in overdrive. Year-to-date (January to May) total employment in the Toronto Census Metro Area (CMA) is up by 72,000. Moreover, the +72,000 figure was the largest gain during the first five months of the year in more than 18 years, and resulted from a 77,000-rise in full time hiring that more than offset a 5,100 decline in part-time employment......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Canadians on BOMA International centre stage

Canadian real estate had a winning presence again this year at the annual Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conference and expo. Three owner-management teams and one industry executive are now carrying accolades home from Salt Lake City, Utah, after the three-day event wrapped up last night...................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Hollywood North to expand into Hamilton

A colossal production hub for film, television and digital media is staged for to be built in Hamilton. Toronto-based Aeon Studio Group have announced a plan to build 500,000 square feet of stage space on the now, city-owned, Barton-Tiffany lands — aiming for the first 150,000 square feet to be operational within a year............................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Turk Rework

Bushwick, Brooklyn is home to many transplants, but its latest arrival isn’t a hipster with blunt-cut bangs: It’s The Turk’s Inn, a very 1970s full-service restaurant, rooftop bar, kebab stand, and nightclub transported from its longtime Wisconsin home and resurrected less than a block away from the L train at Jefferson.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Historic $3.5 billion development coming to downtown Toronto

As blogged on DailyHive.com, Big changes are coming to Toronto’s iconic skyline. Oxford Properties has revealed the initial designs for its development of Union Park, a historic, $3.5 billion mixed-use project that includes sprawling office space, nearly 1,000 residential rental units, and the opportunity for three acres of public space including an urban park built over Union rail corridor...........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles

Joel German says when he and David Saulnier told people their plan to build homes with plastic bottles, "they looked at us like we were crazy." Most houses use wood, nails, shingles and insulation — but not theirs. This week, the team from JD Composites unveiled its first home in Meteghan River on Nova Scotia's southwest shore. It has walls made with 15-centimetre thick plastic slabs. More than 600,000 recycled plastic bottles were shredded, melted and formed into custom moulds for the walls......................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Construction industry staffers most vulnerable to phishing scams

As reported on scmagazine.com, a new study on a worker’s susceptibility to being successfully phished found those working in the construction industry the most likely to fall for an attack, however, with the proper training this weakness can be almost entirely weeded out....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Winning ecological project a model for future cities, Plante says

A municipal works yard squeezed in-between the Bonaventure Expressway and the Lachine Canal will be transformed into an example of what an ecological city of the future would be like. On Tuesday, Mayor Valérie Plante announced the winner of a competition sponsored by Reinventing Cities, a global initiative to encourage sustainable real-estate developments on underused sites in 14 cities from Auckland, New Zealand to Oslo, Norway....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Montreal real estate: Digital concierge Walter links condo tenants, managers

Montreal condo projects are getting bigger. The new crop of tall towers offer impressive views and, often, more amenities for residents. But the scale of these buildings also poses new challenges for apartment managers to co-ordinate bookings for party rooms and guest suites, deal with maintenance requests and communicate important information to residents.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

How to Appreciate All the Architecture in Bermuda

Bermuda may take the prize for prettiest pink-sand beaches and lushest landscapes, but beyond its scenic charms, the island offers some major architectural eye candy. Dating back to 1609, the picturesque retreat is ripe with historic gems, from period homes and cathedrals to hotels with both old-world and modernist charm.....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Unfilled construction jobs reach record level

Vacancy rates for construction jobs are reaching record levels, new data shows. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate advanced again in the first quarter of the year, reaching 3.3 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous quarter..................Read Article


July 2, 2019

New Zero Energy Office Buildings Design Guide

A new publication, the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy, provides direction for designing and constructing zero energy office buildings in all climate zones.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Landlords pivot to capitalize on changing demands of Ottawa-area tenants

A growing population, rapidly rising home prices and shifting demographics are radically reshaping the rental market in Ottawa and eastern Ontario – opening up new opportunities for property owners who can cater to this new cohort of tenants................................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Province looks to wood as heat source for public buildings

The provincial government has identified about 100 public buildings that could be heated by wood in the future. Exploring the use of district heating, or heat networks, fuelled by low-grade wood was one of the recommendations in University of King's College president Bill Lahey's review on forestry practices...........Read Article


July 2, 2019

Sheet metal strike impacting Ontario projects

The strike by unionized sheet metal workers in Ontario’s ICI sector is now its eighth week and it’s become clear the work stoppage is having a significant impact on projects across the province. “It is starting to have a major effect on worksites,” said Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario executive director Wayne Peterson on June 25.....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Sidewalk Labs unveils full Toronto waterfront master plan that's a timber-topia

The smart city is the king of go-to solutions for the problems that bedevil urban areas. At the moment, the concept—tech innovates those problems away!—is trending hard in Toronto thanks to the work of Sidewalk Labs, the Alphabet-owned company that dove face first into urban design a few years ago with a plan for a lakefront district in Ontario’s capital. Now, that plan is a completed master plan, the foreground to any large development......................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Smart buildings are getting smarter, but can building managers keep up?

With trillions of dollars in commercial real estate assets, building and facility managers are searching for innovative ways to maintain structures in a state of good repair while reducing operating costs by cutting waste and energy consumption.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Architecture Spotlight: France's senate cancels international competition for Notre Dame

Canadian architects who may have looked forward to entering an international contest to redesign the burned out portion of France’s Notre Dame Cathedral have been pre-empted by the country’s senate which voted to rebuild the original structure.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Quebec issues moratorium forbidding construction in high-risk flood zones

As reported on Global News, those looking to rebuild after this year’s devastating spring floods may be out of luck. The Quebec government announced Monday it was forbidding new constructions in high-risk flood plains and would not allow homeowners whose properties were flooded to rebuild if damage exceeded 50 per cent of the total value.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Could buildings be evolved instead of designed?

What if we could “breed” buildings to be more efficient? That’s the provocation by artist, designer, and programmer Joel Simon, who was inspired by the potentials of 3D printing and other emergent digital manufacturing technologies, as well as his background in computer science and biology, to test a system of automated planning..................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Government of Canada supports program to help construction workers quit smoking

OTTAWA, June 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in Canada. One Canadian dies from a smoking related illness every 12 minutes, which represents about 45,000 Canadians per year. The smoking rate among construction workers in Canada is 34%—more than double the national average..................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Vancouver office building managers’ response to homeless people has shifted

There remains a lot of ground to cover in the two years left of Vancouver’s strategic plan to end street homelessness by 2021. Last year, the City of Vancouver counted 659 residents living on the city’s streets – 30 per cent of its homeless population.................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Toronto college first retrofit to earn zero-carbon certification

The Building NX retrofit at Humber College, Toronto, has been awarded the Zero Carbon Building—Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first retrofit in the country to achieve this certification....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

RAIC celebrates excellence in architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced the 2019 recipients of the Young Architect, Architectural Firm, and Emerging Architectural Practice awards which recognize excellence in architecture, service to clients, and contributions to the profession, education, and community...............Read Article


June 25, 2019

Ontario updates apprentice support and governance model for skilled trades

Last week, Ontario’s government passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, which updates the province’s skilled trades governance model and support for apprentices...................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Controversial expansion of landmark Ottawa hotel approved by city committee

Ottawa’s planning committee has approved a controversial site plan proposal for a new addition at the rear of the historic Château Laurier hotel in the city’s downtown...................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Construction industry faced highest number of unfilled jobs in Q1, surpassing national average: CFIB

The number of unfilled jobs in Canada’s construction sector outpaced all other industries and the national average in the first four quarter of 2019, according to a recent report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant and built like Lego

As reported on CBC News, all in all, Terry Radford’s new product — with apologies to Pink Floyd — looks to be anything but another brick in a wall. That’s because the president of Just BioFiber, based in Airdrie, Alta., believes it has come up with a hempcrete-based brick that is more than the equal of the usual homebuilding materials..................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Ultrathin rental building could be coming to Toronto’s Entertainment District

Toronto’s Entertainment District might be getting an ultrathin addition. The city has received an application to build a narrow 10-storey residential rental building at 86 John St. on a property wedged between Festival Tower and the Pinnacle. The lot is roughly 6.5 metres wide and just under 43 metres long........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

BC limits union raids to three years

B.C. has passed an amendment to the province’s Labour Code, limiting construction union raiding to every three years. The change went against B.C.’s NDP, which appointed an expert panel to review the Labour Relations Code last year........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

A look inside America’s oldest African-American-owned, female-run construction management firm

As reported in the Birmingham Times, the construction business is nobed of roses — cutthroat competition makes it hard to stay on top. But one construction and design firm has been making its mark on some of our biggest landmarks. Cheryl McKissack Daniel now sits atop the oldest African-American-owned and female-run construction company in the nation — a business her family truly built from the ground up.....................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Oil woes have Calgary landlords turning empty offices into apartments

As reported on Bloomberg.com, when the lease on an Alberta Health Services office in Calgary came due for renegotiation two years ago, the rental market was so bad that trying to keep the tenants wasn’t worth it. Instead, landlord Strategic Group took the unconventional step of letting the government agency leave and spent C$24.5 million ($18 million) to convert the seven-story building into an apartment complex.......................... Read Article


June 19, 2019

Wood manufacturers already busy ahead of 2020 NBCC code changes

There could soon be a rise – literally – in wooden residential buildings across British Columbia as a result of a decision by Premier John Horgan’s government to tweak regulations in the provincial building code to allow taller mass timber towers of up to 12 storeys.........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Crane collapse in Dallas caused by severe weather

As reported by CBS News, one person was killed after a crane collapsed onto a downtown Dallas apartment building Sunday afternoon as severe weather hit the metropolitan area. The National Weather Service reported the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area and surrounding cities were under a severe thunderstorm watch on Sunday with high winds and large hail descending upon certain parts......................Read Article


June 19, 2019

A thriving architecture scene rises in Toronto

Toronto, in the words of urban designer Ken Greenberg, is ‘evolving into an entirely different kind of city’. Projections show the city adding a million people in the next generation...................Read Article


June 19, 2019

On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

There’s no two ways about it, 2018 was a good year for Canadian construction. Despite some steep challenges in the form of tariffs on steel and aluminum, continued weakness in the energy sector and softening investment in institutional building, Canada’s Top Contractors dug in and delivered, with many posting record years and forecasting more of the same for 2019.....................Read Article


June 19, 2019

B.C. reviewing WCB system

VICTORIA, B.C. – The province of B.C. is asking the public to give their input on its workers’ compensation system and how to shift the system to become more worker-centred. The province will also ask residents how it can increase worker and employer confidence...................Read Article


June 11, 2019

30 years of labour harmony lost because of hardline approach: pipe trade officials

ICI sector plumbers and steamfitters are on strike after 96 per cent of members voted to reject the latest contract offer from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario (MCAO).  “Because of management’s demands, as of midnight tonight (May 31) Ontario’s unionized pipe trade workers will be on strike, said Ross Tius, chairman of the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) bargaining committee said in a May 31 release...................Read Article


June 11, 2019

This twisting tower is made from timber that bends itself into shape

As blogged on New Atlas, moisture is usually bad news for timber, at least if you plan to use it for building purposes. This is largely because it can cause the material to crack and warp as it dries out, features hardly conducive to the idea of structural integrity. But one group of researchers in Germany is investigating how this process can actually be harnessed for more efficient construction, manifesting in a magnificent tower made up of timber pieces that twisted themselves into shape......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Gaudí's Sagrada Família wins a building permit – 137 years after work began

Property owners have a new yardstick for measuring their frustration over building permit requests that are lost in the labyrinth of local government bureaucracy. Barcelona city hall has finally issued a work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, 137 years after construction started on the Sagrada Família basilica.......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Architects propose snowflake-shaped terminal for China airport

MAD Architects’ design for Terminal 3 of Harbin Taiping International Airport in Harbin, China, looks like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth. The proposed architecture settles into its locale, while also expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel.....................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Ontario’s construction safety performance sees improvement according to WSIB index

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently released the 2019 Health and Safety Index which indicates Ontario’s workplaces are 1.9 per cent safer than last year, including construction which had the second highest score and was the only sector that saw a year-over-year increase two years in a row......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Celebrating 'an engineering marvel': Toronto's iconic SkyDome opened 30 years ago

It had taken approximately two years and was nearly four times over budget, and when it was finally time for Toronto's SkyDome to open to the public 30 years ago, there was another problem: rain was in the forecast. But after all of their efforts, there was no way organizers were going to let the moment pass without showing off the building's signature retractable roof..........................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Soaring Toronto construction costs will adjust: experts

Over the past 3.5 years construction costs have soared in Toronto, with the leading sector — highrise residential — jumping by as much as 30 to 35 per cent. It has made it increasingly difficult for developers to control costs — especially on projects with a two-year time lag..................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Heavy hitters of U.K. architecture declare a “climate emergency”

A group of 17 architecture firms from across the United Kingdom, including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, released an open letteraffirming their commitment to heading off climate change and building a more equitable future for their profession. The planet is in “twin crises,” the letter declares, under the heading “UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.”..............Read Article


June 11, 2019

Vancouver Island construction activity shows signs of leveling

TThe Vancouver Island Construction Association’s (VICA) latest building permit stats, while strong, may be showing the crest of a wave, officials say. “We have been riding a high wave,” said Rory Kulmala, VICA CEO. “I don’t see it going up significantly anymore. I think the tempo is still high but flattening out.”........................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Feds invest in George Brown College’s ‘The Arbour’ project

The Government of Canada has committed to invest $4.1 million to construct The Arbour, the 10-storey, $134-million, mass-timber building project at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus in Toronto....................Read Article


June 11, 2019

2020 NBCC code brings new era for Canadian wood construction

The new 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) will include the use of mass timber construction for 12-storey structures (42 metres in height), but the move is more than a simple doubling of the six-storey wood structures now within the Canadian NBCC and integrated into provincial and local building codes. Instead, it opens a new door on Canadian wood construction.....................Read Article


June 3, 2019

B.C. Liberals introduce legislation to set payment deadlines for contractors

As reported on Global News, the BC Liberals have introduced legislation that would require companies to pay contractors within 28 days of receiving an invoice, and contractors to pay subcontractors seven days thereafter. Ontario passed similar legislation in 2017, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are currently examining this issue.......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Tiny-house village, complete with solar panels and gardens, approved for Okotoks

As reported in the Calgary Herald, the mayor of Okotoks says a tiny-house village approved for the town will go a long way towards providing affordable housing while reducing the community’s environmental footprint...................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Calgary police looking to return $70,000 of stolen construction tools after man charged

As reported in the Calgary Sun, one man is facing charges after Calgary police recovered more than $70,000 of stolen construction tools from a northeast home. Police say one of the thefts happened Oct. 6, 2018, when unknown offenders broke into a contracting business located in the 4400 block of 58th Avenue S.E. by forced entry and stole approximately $8,500 worth of construction tools......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Beedie bumps Bentall Kennedy off its top spot

Bentall Kennedy LP has been knocked off its perch after at least six years at No. 1 on Business in Vancouver’s list of the biggest commercial property managers in B.C......................... Read Article


June 3, 2019

New energy efficient buildings aren't enough, experts say — we have to retrofit the old ones, too

The Canada Green Building Conference is taking place in Vancouver this week, and a major portion of the program will be pushing the need to retrofit older buildings to reduce their carbon footprint......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Fabrics could be the next big thing in facades

Humans have been using fabric to create shelter for thousands of years. If a set of groundbreaking researchers and designers have their way, however, applications of textile-based architectural elements have the potential to play an important role in shaping the future of enclosures as well................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Province supporting Brockville VR project

BROCKVILLE, ONT. — The Ontario government is committing more than $1.4 million over one year to help create a cutting-edge career exploration tool for jobs in the steel and aluminum industries called CareerLabsVR.........................Read Article


June 3, 2019

French Senate declares Notre Dame must be rebuilt as it was before, quashing competition

The French Senate has seemingly dealt a blow to French president Emmanuel Macron, approving a bill that requires the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral be rebuilt as it was before and from the same materials, wherever possible..................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Halifax group wants one-fifth of construction jobs reserved for African Nova Scotians

As reported on CTV News, a grassroots group in Halifax is demanding that 20 per cent of construction jobs and contracts related to a major redevelopment project be set aside for African Nova Scotians. Halifax is planning to redevelop the Cogswell Interchange area into a mixed-use community with parks, bike lanes, shops and a transit hub. Initial estimates put the cost of the project at $65 million....................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Property Management firm places focus on tenant experience

The days of Mr. Roper may soon be a thing of the past. At least, that’s if UNLIMITED Residential Living has anything to do with it. Why? Because founder and owner Adam Kitchener believes there’s a better way to do property management.........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

IoT can make construction less of a headache

Developers and general contractors hope that by adopting Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to cut costs, build faster, and use a limited labor pool more efficiently, they can turn the messy, fragmented world of building construction into something more closely resembling what it actually is—a manufacturing process.........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Starchitects still coming with big designs to change Vancouver skyline

Rumours about the death of Vancouver’s high-end real estate market may be exaggerated. Several new highrise developments are in the works for downtown. And many are high-end projects being designed by internationally renowned “starchitects.”...................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Toronto enters into busiest ever construction season with over $1 billion in planned work

The City of Toronto has officially launched its busiest construction season ever with more than $1 billion in work planned for roads, bridges, expressways, sewers, and watermains — the largest investment into a City of Toronto construction season to date, indicated Toronto Mayor John Tory in a May 13 release..................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Five important criteria when choosing a digital multimeter

Working with electricity can always be dangerous. When you’re choosing a handheld digital multimeter (DMM) for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, you’ll want to be sure to use a device that has been properly tested to withstand hazardous working environments—but it can be difficult to sort through all of the relevant specifications to determine the best tool for the job(s).......................Read Article


May 27, 2019

The Eiffel Tower’s landscape will be redesigned before the 2024 Olympics

The city of Paris has selected the London-based landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman (GP+B) to redevelop the square-mile “grand site” surrounding the Eiffel Tower. GP+B’s plan, OnE, will reorganize the site into a more linear experience, complete with new parks, reflecting pools, kiosks, and an amphitheater—turning the strip into Paris’s largest park......................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Exploring the balancing act of glass in construction

Glass has the capacity to be part of beautifully designed buildings, to make a statement, and to allow for dramatic views of the outside from within. It can be specified to add a sense of lightness to a structure as well as to convey a modern, impressive, and eye-catching look. At the same time, it must meet the  project’s performance requirement because of today’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.

OTTAWA – A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand. “I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Industry Perspectives: New Study Proves the Financial Case for Zero Carbon Buildings

It’s a fact: Zero Carbon Buildings are not only good for the planet, but a good financial investment too. The Canada Green Building Council in February issued a report that proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns.......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

I.M. Pei passes away at 102

Legendary architect, founder of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (originally I.M. Pei & Associates), and 1983 Pritzker Prize winner I.M. Pei reportedly passed away on May 15, 2019 at age 102......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Higher carbon prices could be a ‘windfall’ for construction: Report

Canada’s construction industry could be in for a windfall from proposed higher carbon prices, according to a report prepared by a University of Ottawa policy think-tank for Canada’s Building Trades Unions...................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Dunlevy: Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert still dreams of a better city

“I think the more you dream, and really want that dream, it happens,” said Phyllis Lambert. She would know. Montreal’s architecture maven is one of four subjects — alongside Denise Scott Brown, in Philadelphia; Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, in Vancouver; and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, in Toronto — of Joseph Hillel’s stimulating documentary City Dreamers.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

B.C. scientist invents 3D concrete printer

Building a house could soon be as easy as pushing a button. B.C. scientist Paul Tinari has invented a cheap, light and fast 3D printing system that he says can form the outer shell of a four-bedroom concrete home in 24 hours at only 10 per cent of the cost of traditional construction.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

The We Company launching $2.9B investment fund with backing from Ivanhoe Cambridge

The We Company’s latest play has been revealed: become its own landlord. The $47 billion flexible-office space startup has launched a private real estate investment arm, ARK, which will buy property and fill it with WeWork services for its enterprise clients, the company said Wednesday..................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Regina's residential construction industry in 'deep recession,' says home builders' association

Regina’s residential construction industry is experiencing a heavy downturn, with this year’s housing starts on track to be the lowest in 11 years. A new report from the Regina and Region Home Builders’ Association has put most of the blame on mortgage stress testing rules, which it said is raising the barrier to home ownership.......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Fernando Mastrangelo creates a tiny house with cast recycled plastic walls

Brooklyn-based concrete artist Fernando Mastrangelo is no stranger to casting delicately colored, intricately-layered furniture and panels in experimental materials. During the 2019 New York Design Week, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio (FM/S) has cast TINY HOUSE, and will exhibit the micro-space in Times Square until May 22.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Nearly 80 new skyscrapers set to rise in Toronto

Toronto’s already crowded skyline could see even more new skyscrapers being constructed in the next few years, which could more than double the number of tall buildings in the city, according to a report by Point2 Homes, as explained in the National Post....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

When Neon owned the Night

Before evolution hit a snag, and we reverted to slouching and staring at our phones, human beings walked with their eyes up, looking at things. In the countryside, people contemplated church steeples, maple trees, clouds. In cities, they gaped at neon — and it was everything...................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Prompt payment arrives in Nova Scotia

Recent amendments to Nova Scotia’s Builders’ Lien Act that include prompt payment legislation will cut the number of bankruptcies in an industry where late payment woes have become “endemic.” “We estimate between 15 and 20 companies a year end up in bankruptcy protection because of payment issues,” said Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS)......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

World’s first 3D-printed community to be built in Latin America

The world’s first 3D-printed village could soon be produced in Latin America. Yves Béhar and industrial design firm Fuseproject aims to build it in just 24 hours. The homes will be built for families living on less than $200 per month and provide access to safe housing and shelter from both environmental and physical dangers.................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Kicking our addiction to A/C

As much as we Canadians look forward to summer, increased heat and humidity impacts living comfort inside the home. Air conditioning has been the go-to solution for decades, with installations estimated in over 80 per cent of North American households, not to mention most restaurants, stores, museums, and office buildings.....................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Construction management software means increased efficiency and profits

When one thinks of construction management technology, one typically thinks of large scale construction companies with sizeable projects on-the-go as the primary users. However, there’s a strong argument that construction technology can benefit companies of all sizes..................Read Article


May 13, 2019

The Tenants Fighting Back Against Facial Recognition Technology

Last year, residents of Atlantic Plaza Towers, a rent-stabilized apartment building in Brooklyn, found out that their landlord was planning to replace the key fob entry system with facial recognition technology. The goal, ostensibly, was to modernize the building’s security system...................Read Article


May 13, 2019

The origins and perils of development in the urban tech landscape

In most major cities of the world, an urban tech landscape has emerged. One day, we were working on our laptops at Starbucks, and the next, we were renting desks at WeWork. We embedded our small architectural and design firms in low-rent spaces in old factories and warehouses, and then we emerged as “TAMI” (technology, advertising, media, and information) tenants, heating up the commercial real estate market...................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Canadian housing starts surge 23 per cent in April

Who saw this coming? After a slow start to the year, Canadian housing starts surged ahead 23 per cent in April, compared to the same month a year previous......................Read Article


May 13, 2019

City committee set to review new 'market based' approach to parking

Businesses in Edmonton could soon determine their own parking needs as city council’s urban planning committee mulls over a review of parking regulations in the city..........................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Vancouver tops Canada in construction costs

While its coastal views and international flavours may be a delight, Vancouver’s construction costs are not as serene and appetizing. According to a recent international survey of construction markets, Vancouver is the most expensive place to build in Canada – and the 14th priciest location globally..................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Architects DCA Blog: Climate change is everywhere

Climate change is everywhere, and architecture has a big part to play in making change. Awareness of the built environment, and its role in effecting change is crucial: how we create sustainable suburban communities and halt the ravage of unchecked #sprawl; how we invest in existing, and plan new, buildings to meet not only aggressive energy targets but also be able to futureproof and adapt to change; architecture is everywhere and affects all of us.................Read Article


May 13, 2019

How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but surprisingly very little is published regarding the same issues in decorative overlays.........................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Should Canadian cities follow NYC and consider banning new ‘inefficient’ glass skyscrapers?

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill to ban new construction of glassskyscrapers as part of his endeavour to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Crackdown could come for owners of uninspected rooming houses in Winnipeg

As reported on CTV News, the City of Winnipeg could be cracking down on rooming house owners ignoring safety inspectors.........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

MOCA moves into an ugly-beautiful building that changed a Toronto neighbourhood

In modelling, the term for someone who possesses unconventional, rough, or odd features is “ugly beautiful.” If there were some sort of organization for ugly-beautiful buildings, 158 Sterling Rd., built by the Northern Aluminum Company in 1919-20, would surely be a star...................Read Article


May 6, 2019

What if air conditioners could help save the planet instead of destroying it?

As blogged on Wired.com, earth’s climate is full of terrifying feedback loops: Decreased rainfall raises the risk of wildfires, which release yet more carbon dioxide. A warming Arctic could trigger the release of long-frozen methane, which would heat the planet even faster than carbon. A lesser-known climate feedback loop, though, is likely mere feet from where you’re sitting: the air conditioner.................... Read Article


May 6, 2019

Montreal's new Maison de Radio-Canada is smaller but better, execs say

The first thing you notice visiting the site of the new Maison de Radio-Canada is that it is significantly smaller than the current home of the public broadcaster, just west of the new building......................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Regent Park revitalization a ballet of construction,demolition

Dump trucks rumble in and out of the demolition site while a block away, cement trucks rumble onto an adjoining site along with more trucks loaded with construction materials. This isn’t business as usual on a Toronto job site where demolition and construction are proceeding side-by-side and have been for 13 years..................... Read Article


May 6, 2019

Canada’s first net-zero vertical farm proposed for Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T) Scarborough and Centennial College, Ont., have teamed up to establish the EaRTH (Environmental and Related Technologies Hub) District in Toronto, an initiative aimed at advancing the clean tech sector through research, academic programming, and commercialization..........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

How Airbnb's biggest players invaded Montreal's hottest neighbourhoods

Despite a provincial law intended to limit and control online short-term housing rentals, Airbnb is thriving in Quebec. Of the 10 neighbourhoods with the highest concentration of Airbnb listings in Canada, five are in Montreal.................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Seattle crane collapse draws scrutiny in Vancouver

As reported on CTV News, a deadly crane collapse in Seattle over the weekend is highlighting the risk hundreds of cranes dotted around the Lower Mainland pose. Four people died Saturday after a crane working on a building in Seattle’s downtown core toppled. Authorities are working to determine if strong winds played a role in the collapse or if there was an issue with the crane itself..........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Bird-friendly windows reduce collision deaths at UBC

Every once in a while Penny Martyn thumps a tennis ball or a small toy mouse against the glass window in her office. This isn’t stress relief or idle play. Martyn is using the toys to re-create the impact of a bird striking the window..................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Government of Canada launches call for proposals for investments in training equipment to support careers in the skilled trades

GATINEAU, QC, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople—particularly women and Indigenous people—depends on high-quality apprenticeship training systems, like union-based training centres............................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Bluesky builds Vancouver’s first smart windows office tower

A new Vancouver office building is the first in Canada to feature a full smart windows system to reduce glare and external heat without blinds, the developers say. BlueSky Properties, a Bosa family company, recently opened the nine-storey office building at 988 West Broadway...........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Ontario changes rules to speed building of new housing, critics say plan unfairly favours large developers

Ontario’s PC government says it will ease the housing crunch with a sweeping package of measures aimed at getting more houses built more quickly, but critics say the plan’s move to increase the powers of the province’s land-use tribunal unfairly favours large developers......................... Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

The Cursed Architecture Twitter feed showcases the best of the worst

What drives the internet’s (perhaps morbid) obsession with bad design? Strange angles, melting paint, oddly-placed and vaguely threatening toilets, signage that hinders rather than helps, stairs to nowhere, and misplaced windows have all caused digital rubbernecking.............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Vancouver developer proposes world’s tallest wood tower

As reported on GlobalNews.ca, a Vancouver developer is proposing a new 35 to 40 storey tower for the Broadway corridor, but the plan isn’t for a typical high rise. Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Corporation, is working with architect Peter Busby from Perkins + Will to design a mass timber building that could revolutionize the way developers build...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

The Gaia House is a 3D-printed prototype made of biodegradable materials

WASP, a 3D printing studio based out of Italy, recently produced a full-scale residential prototype out of soil, rice products, and hydraulic lime. Measuring approximately 320-square-feet in plan, the project was completed in 10 days and was built in the town of Massa Lombarda in the region of Emilia-Romagna................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Toronto compromises on changes to noise bylaw that threatened construction

TORONTO—Continuous concrete pours and heavy crane work will continue to be permitted overnight throughout Toronto, but will be subject to new restrictions following a vote at city hall April 17. The change represents a compromise between councillors pushing for a blanket ban on construction work after 7 p.m. and the industry aiming to maintain the status quo................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Weston bread factory rises to become Wonder Condos

Graywood Developments and joint venture partner Alterra are poised to begin construction this summer on a condominium development that involves the adaptive reuse of a former Weston bread factory...............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: The ABCs of selling the skilled trades to generations Y and Z

The alarm bells have been sounding for a long time. We’ve all heard the warnings about Ontario’s skilled trades shortage. However, it’s one thing to acknowledge the threat to our companies and economy and quite another to know what to do about it...............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

How Automation Technology Is Changing Property Management

Back in 2007, the sharing economy was a term that didn’t exist. Seven years later, it became a $15 billion industry with a projection for $300-plus billion by 2025. With the introduction of several online and mobile platforms, workers such as Uber drivers and Airbnb (a platform integrated into Guesty's system) hosts have become the norm, very much built into travelers’ narratives...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

U.K.’s Tulip-shaped skyscraper gets green light

The Tulip tower by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners has been given the go-ahead by the City of London, United Kingdom. When completed, this cultural attraction could become the tallest building in London and second tallest in Western Europe...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

‘Pay when paid’ clauses • Legal Desk, April 2019

April 12, 2019 - Given recent changes to Ontario’s Construction Act and a series of decisions across Canada involving ‘pay when paid’ clauses, this column will try to provide a dashboard of how such clauses are being interpreted in various jurisdictions........................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Construction costs highest in Vancouver: Report

According to a newly released international construction market survey by Turner & Townsend, Vancouver is the most expensive place to build in Canada, and the 14th priciest location globally, with an average construction cost of US$2,720.8 per m2.......................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Notre-Dame fire: International call for architects to design new spire

France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for "a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era"......................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Canadian construction costs balloon as steel and aluminum tariffs exact a heavy price

TORONTO—The North American showdown over steel and aluminum tariffs was expected to be brief — little more than a shove from the U.S. to push NAFTA renegotiations over the finish line. But nearly a year later, despite a new trade accord, the American duties and their retaliatory Canadian counterparts remain firmly entrenched.....................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Improving envelope and mechanical design key for super-efficiency

Addressing the critical issue of climate change requires taking action on a number of different fronts including full-scale adoption of technologies which don’t provide an immediate payback, says the principal and founder of an architectural firm which specializes in low-carbon design....................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

City of Calgary introduces a new service for construction developments throughout the city

As reported in the Calgary Sun, residential construction, whether it’s in a new community in the suburbs or an apartment tower in the core, is always of interest to people living where the new construction takes place...................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Nova Scotia renters to get landlord database

HALIFAX—An organization representing investment property owners in Nova Scotia is creating a new registry and certification program to educate its members on provincial tenancy legislation and help tenants find reputable landlords..................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

NAIT research partnership aims for a construction future that’s waste-free

As reported in the Financial Post, imagine a construction project that doesn’t contribute to Canadian landfills. It may sound far-fetched, but to the individual advancing innovation for one of Canada’s largest construction firms, waste-free construction will one day be a reality.................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Canadian architect living in China hailed as ‘guiding light’ in the pursuit of healthier buildings

When Raefer Wallis graduated from university nearly two decades ago, Quebec was hardly the best place on Earth for a new architect. In the grip of a recession, things were slow. Mr. Wallis began to scout for the busiest place he could find................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Toronto office market: Landlords can ‘name their price’

More than two million square feet of leasing deals completed in the first quarter of 2019 continued the unrelenting pressure on Toronto’s office sector, according to the latest Avison Young market report...............................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

PARIS - It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not..............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Five Calgary homebuilders named Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Jayman Homes, Morrison Homes, Trico Homes, Logel Homes and Hopewell Group have been named to the prestigious list of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies".............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Councillors 'blown away' by lax oversight of city leases

There has been shockingly lax oversight of leases at city-owned properties, the auditor general has discovered. Auditor general Ken Hughes and his team tabled eight audits on Monday, with an audit of the city’s leases being the most damning, uncovering mismanagement of a program that brings in millions of dollars in revenue annually...................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Halifax's Centre Plan could allow 27-storey buildings in urban core

Buildings as high as 27 storeys will be allowed in parts of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth if the latest version of the Centre Plan is approved. Planners have been working on new development rules for the urban core of the municipality since 2015. In an earlier version of the proposed plan, the maximum height limit was 20 storeys...................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

$5B Lakeview Village names Sasaki lead architect

There’s still a long way to go before Lakeview Village will start to resemble the vision behind it. However, the next step has been taken with the announcement of Sasaki as lead master-plan architect for the $5-billion Mississauga development, which will create a community for upwards of 17,000 people along the Lake Ontario shoreline...........................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Wood construction renaissance may not be quite all it’s built up to be, report says

WINNIPEG—Sustainability has taken on an increasingly important role in Canadian construction in recent years. The energy-intensive processes required to manufacture concrete and steel have, at least in part, propelled another age-old building material back to the fore..............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Toronto noise bylaw amendment puts 7,000 jobs, high-rise development at risk, construction groups warn

TORONTO—A proposed amendment to Toronto’s noise bylaw that would restrict builders from pouring concrete or conducting heavy crane work after 7 p.m. puts thousands of jobs at risk and threatens to slow high-rise development across the city to a crawl, several construction groups warn...........................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

ACI Foundation Announces New Leadership for Concrete Research Council

The ACI Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska as Chair of the Foundation’s Concrete Research Council, and Scott Anderson, PE, as the Chair of the Scholarship Council. These appointments were effective at the close of the American Concrete Institute’s spring convention on March 28, 2019....................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Nova Scotia needs to catch ‘bad actors’ with more enforcement

Recent amendments to Nova Scotia’s Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act aimed at strengthening the system and increasing apprentice safety will meet that objective only if the province puts enough enforcement officers on the streets to catch “bad actors” in the industry.....................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Contractors Should Have a Resource Network in Place

The air temperature is 97 degrees F, the concrete arrives late and it turns out it’s a hot load. A set retarder is added, which only makes matters worse. The concrete now sits for eight hours before you can do anything with it. The second load arrives on time, and you are forced to stamp that in 30 minutes. You get the job finished, but because of the curve ball you were handed, through no fault of your own, the final color is wrong and the client is not happy. Now what?....................................Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Ten Construction Cost Estimating Tips Contractors Need

Getting an accurate project estimate can be extremely challenging and is crucial to your business. If your estimate is too high, then the bid may go to another competitor and all of the time and resources used to submit the bid will have been wasted. If it's too low, you'll win the bid but will wish it went to someone else. The following tips should help you get the accurate estimates you need to win more jobs................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Top 10 major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Centre construction projects - Canada - March 2019

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Centre construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational buildings, government buildings, industrial projects, oil and gas projects, and electric power and telecommunications projects will all be covered on a rotating basis..................................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Snøhetta completes Europe’s first underwater restaurant

International architecture firm Snøhetta opened the doors to Europe’s first underwater restaurant named ‘Under’ in Lindesnes, Norway.In Norwegian, ‘under’ has the dual meaning of ‘below’ and ‘wonder’. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-m (112-ft) long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed 5 m (14 ft) below................................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

How subcontractors can mitigate risk in their contracts

At a risk management seminar in Ottawa in late February, Dan Leduc, a partner at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP outlined several different ways in which trade contractors might simply use the contracts imposed on them as potential “push backs” or claims for change orders as provided for by the CCA 1 2008 form of subcontract.................................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

House of Literature creates a dialogue between new and Old Québec

Designed by Chevalier Morales Architects, the Maison de la littérature or House of Literature has become a vibrant home to Québec literature and a popular touristic destination in Old Québec.The House of Literature is situated in the former Wesley Temple, in the heart of Old Québec. It underwent an interior transformation and a modern, luminous extension was added................................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

New Red River College centre shaping up to be a skilled trades hub

The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg is part of the Manitoba government’s strategy to add 75,000 new skilled trade workers to the provincial economy by 2020. The 100,000-square-foot building contains programming areas for carpentry, sheet metal, refrigeration, machining/robotics and electrical trades, plus classrooms and laboratories................................ Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Namerind Housing Corporation explores extermination enterprise

A Regina-based property management company has found itself in the pest control business.According to Namerind Housing Corporation's property manager Mannie Amyotte, the company made the move out of necessity................................ Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Regulation changes for pressure welders take industry by surprise

The Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C. (MCABC) would like to see more consultation between government regulatory bodies such as Technical Safety BC (TSBC) as a result of ministerial order changes which have taken the industry by surprise. One such change introduces a new licensed pressure welder contractor’s licence............................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Architecture Spotlight: Winnipeg heritage pump house redevelopment wins national award

By making an old building new again, the successful redevelopment of the venerable James Avenue Pumping Station in Winnipeg has won the boutique architectural firm 5468976 Architecture the 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.............................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Ontario’s controversial Bill 66 to become law, big impact expected for construction markets in several cities

TORONTO—A far-reaching piece of Ontario legislation passed its third and final reading at Queen’s Park April 2, with major ramifications expected for construction, among other industries............................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

When students party too hard, should London landlords pay?

London continues to wrangle with its street party problem, but is it fair to ask landlords of student rental properties to help cover a share of the costs? It's an issue that came before the city's community and protective services committee Monday as London looks for ways to better deal with unsanctioned student street parties like the one that flooded Broughdale Avenue near Western University with 20,000 revellers in September............................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Five iconic architects named as 2019 Honorary Fellows of RAIC

Five architects have been named as Honorary Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada(RAIC). These men and women exemplify the role architects play in public life around the world and the evolving diversity of the profession............................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

WeWork takes aim at office market skepticism

There is no doubt WeWork has become a disruptive force in the global office leasing market, but it remains unclear whether the co-working giant can maintain its rapid ascent in the market while remaining a friend to landlords.WeWork, valued at an estimated $42 billion, has been attempting to spread the message that its business model can boost profits for landlords and the brokerage business as long as building owners get on board with the shared workspace model........................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

John Bockstael elected Canadian Construction Association's chair

BERMUDA, March 28, 2019 — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed John Bockstael as 2019 chair of its board of directors at its annual general meeting. John takes over the position from Zey Emir, president of Revay and Associates Limited. John Bockstael is president & chief executive officer of Bockstael Construction Limited, a fourth-generation company and one of Manitoba’s largest regional general contractors. He is a professional engineer, Gold Seal Certified and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Davpart plans 55-storey The United Building at historic Toronto site

Toronto’s Davpart Inc. unveiled plans Tuesday for a 55-storey, mixed-use tower called The United Building which would become the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America when complete.“Our development will revitalize this significant intersection with a new and yet historically respectful energy,” said Davpart president and chief executive officer David Hofstedter at an event to announce the project at the former Maclean-Hunter Publishing site at 481 University Ave., at the corner of Dundas Street West in the downtown.......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Report urges change of tune on recruitment and retention

A new report on how to improve recruitment and retention of youth in the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) shows there is a high level of job satisfaction among workers, but significant challenges still remain. "We need to leverage the industry’s massive network for recruitment,” said Dr. Jon Callegher, author of the report, adding this is one of the recommendations......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

3Leafs continues to grow shipping container building in Alberta

Shipping container construction is starting to sprout in Alberta thanks to 3Leafs, a young company eager innovate the industry.Som Sourachit, the lead designer and co-founder of 3Leafs, had already been working in the homebuilding industry for more than a decade when she got the idea about four years ago to build with the thousands of shipping containers globally that sit unused........................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Virtual reality puts crane operators in the air without actually being there

In Alberta, aspiring crane operators are being taught how to operate their machinery with the help of virtual reality (VR) simulators that owe a lot to video game software. Serious Labs, an Edmonton-based software company, has partnered with Industrial Training International Inc. (ITI), a U.S. company that conducts training and instructional design, to produce VR-based simulators that teach crane operators how to use the equipment without actually having to strap themselves into the machinery itself....................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

A New View Of Property And Asset Management

The scope and value of residential rental and commercial real estate are enormous. The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) estimates the total value of U.S. multifamily rental properties at nearly $3.7 trillion, and the roughly 15 million single-family homes are valued at an additional $3 trillion, based on Zillow's median home value. According to S&P, the value of U.S. commercial real estate tops $5 trillion. Property management and asset management both play critical, albeit different, roles in real estate success...................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Home renovator Mike Holmes oversees reno for paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player

AIRDRIE, ALTA. — One of Canada’s most recognizable home renovators has acted as a fly on the wall during renovations to the family home of an injured Humboldt Broncos player. Mike Holmes is known for his TV shows in which he rescues property owners from house makeovers gone wrong. He has been overseeing remodelling at the home of Ryan Straschnitzki in Airdrie, Alta., just north of Calgary, where Holmes met the family and did a tour of the work recently....................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

New University of Toronto building spurred on by $100M donation

The largest donation in the University of Toronto’s history has coincided with an update on the institution’s a new 750,000 sq. ft. innovation centre that will begin construction later this fall...................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada and Trend Graph - February 2019

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in February 2019. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada..................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Guesty, a tech platform for property managers on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M

The growth of Airbnb — and likewise other platforms like Booking.com, VRBO and HomeAway for listing and renting short-term accommodation in private homes — has spawned an ecosystem of other businesses and services, from those who make money renting their homes, to cleaning companies that make properties “Airbnb-ready,” to those who help design listings that will get more clicks..................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Report – New home construction to decline for next two years

As reported on CBC News, the construction of new homes in Canada will continue to decline for the next two years as the economy slows and higher interest rates weigh on consumers, according to a new report from Altus Group................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Beaux-arts train station in Ottawa becomes temporary home for Canada's Senate

Canadian firms Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects have completed the transformation of a historic 20th-century train station in Ottawa into the temporary home for Canada's upper house of parliament. The Senate of Canada Building will provide an interim meeting place for the country's senators, while its nearby home in the capital city, Centre Block on Parliament Hill, undergoes restoration.................. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier 2019 compared to last year, underpinned by population gains, reduced trade uncertainty and infrastructure spending, OCS says................ Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Hamilton architects propose futuristic green tower

DPAI architects have proposed a futuristic project for Hamilton. According to the architects, the Fibroblast Tower is a prosthetic intervention designed to begin the healing process of the Niagara Escarpment, a natural ecosystem............... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Two new office towers that will reshape downtown Toronto and Vancouver

In Vancouver and Toronto, the centre is getting stronger. A pair of development companies are planning office towers that will reshape the downtowns of those two cities – and, with architecture by Bjarke Ingels Group, mixes up office space with infrastructure that runs the 21st-century city.............. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Advances in infrared tools for thermal imaging

February 13, 2019 - The world of infrared (IR) test and measurement has seen a steep curve of design advancement in recent years, with heavy investments in research and development (R&D) leading to the creation of tools that are lighter, faster and easier to deploy than their predecessors, in an everyday industrial environment............. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Canada enters 2020 Venice Biennale with Imposter Cities

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has selected Imposter Cities as Canada’s official entry to the prestigious 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Impostor Cities explores how the country’s architecture is film-famous because Canadian cities often double as other places onscreen. Toronto stands in for Tokyo, for example, while Vancouver and Montréal masquerade as Moscow, Paris, and New York............ Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

2018 Residential Construction Market Highlights − U.S. and Canada

Issuance of year-end data on U.S. new homebuilding activity was delayed due to the partial government shutdown which kept Census Bureau workers away from their desks. Over the past month, however, there have been diligent catch-up efforts and December's preliminary residential 'starts' and 'permits' numbers are now available........... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Ontario construction software firm Bridgit raises $6.2-million

The company now known as Bridgit Inc. began with what founders Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake call “crane hunting” – scouring London, Ont., for construction sites, looking for problems to solve. They found a few. And they’ve raised another $6.2-million to keep solving them........... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

The potential of artificial intelligence (AI)- Electrical Safety 360, February 2019

Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was far too technically unconventional for most of us to foresee how it could influence the world in practical and pragmatic ways. Now, however, the future of AI has truly arrived.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

After school program gives kids a taste of the trades

A rural municiplaity in southwestern Ontario has taken an unusual step to deal with the growing shortage of skilled trades. Strathroy-Caradoc is running an eight-week after school program in carpentry (and other trades) for elementary school students aged ine to 13.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

New B.C. program aims to improve worksite conduct and diversity

A comprehensive program has been launched to address British Colombia's skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying, and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an acceptable worksite and provides employers with tools, training and resources to improve and promote safe and productive behaviour.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Canada flag flap is actually about the pole, property manager says

The company pushing a memeber of the military to take down a Canadian flag said it's the pole that's the problem, not the maple leaf. Maj. Michael Mitchell has been told the flag he put up on his Ottawa home last year has to come down because his condominium board does not allow anything to be attached to the front of their homes.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Under lock and key: Guarding job sites from thieves and thrill-seekers saves contractors down the line

Sprawling construction sites, swarming with workers during the day, but abundant in valuable tools and unguarded equipment once crews clock out, are ripe for pilfering. Unlike picking a lock or breaking a window, prowling a vacant construction site after-hours hoping to swipe a chop saw or achieve 15 minutes of fame atop a crane are crimes that, while brazen, can require considerably less forethought.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Celebrating the best wood projects

The temple of Light in Kootenay Bay, B.C., by Patkau Architects, has won the 2019 Wood Innovation Award by WoodWorks British Colombia. This award recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design, and/or processes.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

City of Vancouver takes action against 820 rogue short-term operators in 6 months

The City of Vancouver says it has taken enforcement against 820 suspected illegal short-term rentals (STR) in the last six months. Vancouver's new short-term rental regulations took full effect on Sept. 1, 2018, and the city says it has opened more than 2,000 case files since then.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Nova Scotia set to regualte coastal contruction as sea levels rise

HALIFAX- Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure clear provincewide rules for what can and cannot be done along the province's vulnerable coastlines.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Vancouver approves 'cellular' timber building that resembles a honeycomb

VANCOUVER- The City of Vancouver has approved a 10-storey global headquarters project for Nature's Path Foods. The mass timber building with a cellular design will be built in East Vancouver on Clark Drive near the VCC-Clark SkyTrain station.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Landlord 'disturbed' by problem tenants 

After a seven-month ordeal, a local landlord wants to bring attention to the difficulties of dealing with tenants behaving badly. Jason Roblin, CEO of Brandon's largest rental and property management group, Vionell Holdings Partnership, has never encountered tenants like a group occupying two rental units he faced recently.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

P.E.I. construction industry launches Phase 2 of recruitment campaign

As reported on CBC News, P.E.I.'s construction industry is rolling out Phase 2 of a multimedia campaign to try to address a shortage of workers while levels of construction activity continue to rise. Phase 2 of the Island Builder campaign will consist of promotional videos, a continued radio campaign and promotions focusing on high school students.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Coming this weekend: the dangers of daylight savings!

Be ready to move your clocks forward one hour this weekend. However, although it doesn't take long for our bodies to adapt to this semi-annual change to daylight savings time, there are job site health and safety considerations during the first few days immediately after the change that need consideration.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Empire Communities innovates with 'Forward Thinking' homes in Breslau, Ontario

VAUGHAN, ON, March 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Empire Communities, one of North America's largest homebuilders, has just reached another milestone in their homebuilding history as they trailblaze the path for sustainable construction and energy efficiency.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Metrolinx boosts standards to make sites safer

Metrolinx is looking to become a leader in construction safety and is making some big changes to get there. That was the message delivered by George Bell, vice-president of safety and security at Metrolinx.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Trial needed for $125M Bondfield libel suit against the Globe and Mail, court says

TORONTO-- A construction company's $125-million defamation lawsuit against The Globe and Mail newspaper should be decided at trial in a case that highlights the importance of solid journalism even when an expose potentially causes damage to the subject, Ontario's top court has ruled.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Is Ontario's construction competitiveness really being restored?

Ontario's construction industry "is open for business but on far more restricted terms" than it should be, states the co-founder of public policy think-tank Cardus.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

A look at NOCTUA- a mixed reality construction safety helmet

As blogged on Yanko Design, when you are in the construction business, some of the insights that could help the contractor build better include: the possibility of making quality control more efficient and precise, use of a device that could instruct workers to build in a more intuitive way or what if the designer could see what they have rendered in a more realistic way?.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

New Requirements for Intrinsically Safe Circuits in Hazardous Locations

February 11, 2019 - One of the important changes introduced by the 2018 CE Code, with regard to the treatment of designated hazardous locations, is how the code addresses the use of ‘intrinsically safe’ (IS) field wiring circuits, which are designed to limit electrical energy levels to prevent ignition of the explosive atmosphere—i.e. gas or dust—surrounding the equipment.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Bird’s Eye View: The Consequences of Falls from Heights Demand a Culture Shift

It may be time to rethink working at heights from the ground up.Though some provinces have welcomed a marginal decline in accidents, falls remain a leading cause of injury for tradespeople of all stripes across the country......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph - January 2019

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2019. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Olympian Meidl Inspires with ORCGA Safety Talk

Former construction worker and Olympian Cliff Meidl, survivor of a horrific workplace injury, delivered a powerful message of inspiration to delegates attending the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) Damage Prevention Symposium in Niagara Falls, Ont. recently.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Insurance Experts Caution Construction Companies to Follow the Protocols

As reported on Insurance Business Canada, experts and industry leaders are asking heavy equipment owners and operators to be more careful with their machinery – or risk theft........ Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Opioid Abuse in the Construction Industry

As reported in the Ottawa Citizen, Logan Carroll started drinking at 12, smoking weed at 13 and was doing cocaine in high school.His love of oxycodone began when he got his wisdom teeth out at age 16 and tried Percocet for the first time.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Canada Ordered to Pay U.S. Concrete Company $7M in NAFTA Case

As reported on CBC News, Canada has been ordered to pay $7 million in damages, plus interest, to a U.S. concrete company that used the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to successfully argue it was wrongly denied permission to build a quarry in Nova Scotia......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

China’s ‘Horizontal Skyscraper’ Attraction Nears Completion

As blogged on CNN, dubbed an engineering marvel, the highly anticipated Raffles City Chongqing project in China is nearly complete......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Canadian Public and Our Planet Need Effective Climate Action and Housing Affordability

In a January 4, 2019 National Post column, “How the Liberal carbon tax is not unlike a $2,000 cat door,” popular commentator Rex Murphy summed up the political posturing in many of today’s climate change initiatives. ......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Ontario Overhauls its Provincial Home Warranty Program

The Ontario government has announced a major overhaul to the province’s Tarion Warranty Corporation, declaring the current home warranty program broken. “There are many families across the province who have faced difficulties over the years when seeking a solution from Tarion,” said Bill Walker.......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Canada Green Building Council Study Proves Zero Carbon Buildings Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Reducing Operating Costs and Achieving Positive Returns

OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a new report – the first of its kind in Canada – that proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns........... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

How ICON Is Building the $4,000 3D-Printed Homes of the Future

ICON wants to tackle global homelessness by changing the face of construction and home design. In 2017, ICON co-founders Jason Ballard, Evan Loomis, and Alex Le Roux met Brett Hagler, co-founder of the non-profit New Story, and realized that they had a united mission......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Politicians, Business Experts Call for Sidewalk Labs Project to be Scrapped

TORONTO -- Plans for a high tech Toronto community led by an Alphabet Inc.-backed entity should be scrapped, say politicians and prominent Canadian business and technology leaders........... Read Article


Feb 27, 2018

Designing Homes with Passive Solar Design in Mind

Over the years we’re seen an increasing number of homeowners designing or renovating their home with energy conservation in mind. Energy efficiency is important for protecting the environment from the effects of global warming, and it can save consumers considerably on their energy bills............ Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Is it Time to Rethink Green Building (and Other) Standards?

Ever since I first got an Apple computer ten years ago, I have been at the mercy of their idea of standards. Most of these shown here are just to connect to external video. Because Apple pretty much lives in its own world, I do not have a lot of choice if I want to keep using their machines............ Read Article


Dec 19, 2018

Course Looks to Train the Next Generation of Mass Timber Builders

As architects and engineers get up to speed on designing buildings in the fledgling mass timber industry in Ontario, many contractors remain on the sidelines hesitant about the new building type they are hearing more about........... Read Article


Nov 20, 2018

World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion at The Buildings Show

The Buildings Show 30th anniversary will feature products, services, educational programming and professional networking. Attendees are from the design, architecture, construction and real estate sectors........... Read Article


Nov 20, 2018

The Buildings Show Comes to Toronto Next Week

The Buildings Show, one of North America’s largest expositions for the design/construction industry, is coming to the Metro Toronto Convention Centrefrom November 28 to 30 .......... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

Canada’s First Net-Zero Supermarket Receives $1.4M in Federal Funding

A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON.The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its own energy through renewable technologies........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

Building Successful Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

Indoor controlled cannabis production is a rapidly growing business segment, with many industry specific aspects to facility design. Although many design elements can draw upon parameters from similar industries, some operational aspects remain unique to cannabis production facilities........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

The Lawyer : Modernization of the Construction Act

As one of its final acts of 2017, the provincial legislature passed Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. Bill 142, and the resulting amendments, represent a significant overhaul of the laws governing construction in Ontario. These amendments not only change the name of the act by dropping the word “Lien” from its title – the act is now known simply as the Construction Act – they represent an effort to modernize Ontario’s construction laws and ensure that contractors and subcontractors receive payment in an expeditious manner........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

This Prototype Low-Cost House is 3D-Printed Using Mud

We’ve been following the work of Italian 3D-printing firm WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) for some time and have previously reported on its Big Delta and clay and straw shelter projects. Its latest creation is its most fascinating to date though, and consists of a 3D-printed hut that’s built using a mud mixture and was produced for just €900 (roughly US$1,000)........... Read Article


Oct 11, 2018

Concrete Decor LIVE! Debuts in Canada 

Come Nov. 28-30, 2018 Concrete Decor LIVE! will makes its debut in Canada at The Buildings Show in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Ontario to showcase the durability and innovations of decorative and architectural concrete. A combination of five shows in one, The Buildings Show is North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event for design, architecture, construction and real estate.......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

ASHRAE and Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Split Up Operations

IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship, IAQA’s operations became integrated within ASHRAE’s headquarters operations in Atlanta......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Coated Glass Helps Toronto Tower Rise Out of Historic Setting

High-performance bent and flat glass helped Hariri Pontarini Architects create an undulating modern glass tower in Toronto, while still meeting the building team’s performance requirements........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Wooden Roof at Montréal Clubhouse Enhances Golfing Experience

The clubhouse for Golf Exécutif Montréal, located in Québec, is a green oasis in the St. Lawrence River facing downtown Montréal. Designed by Architecture49, the wood-framed building includes sheltered driving-range tees, a bar in the centre of a spacious lounge, a full restaurant kitchen, state-of-the-art golf simulators, a pro shop, offices, and mechanical spaces........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Realogy Selects 10 Tech Startups to Compete for $25K Prize

A group of 10 real estate tech startups will duke it out for $25,000 at Realogy’s sixth annual FWD Innovation Summit at its Madison, New Jersey headquarters on November 14.......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Further Dips in Unemployment Rates Recorded in U.S. and Canadian September Jobs Reports

The U.S. jobless figure fell to 3.7% from 3.9% in August, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 3.7% is the lowest level for the U.S. out-of-work rate this century........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Prefabricated Steel Addition to British Columbia Distillery

Spirits are flowing thanks to a Kelowna-based steel building company that has helped a local craft distillery expand its storage facilities. Metal Structure Concepts (MSC) designed, supplied, and erected a pre-engineered steel building for Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Western Canada......... Read Article


Oct 9, 2018

Winning Designs Announced for Waterfront Parks Design Competition

Waterfront Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, today announced the winning design submissions for the York Street Park and Rees Street Park design competition.......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

New Book Released: Canadian Energy Efficiency Outlook

The book aims to outline the different environments that support energy efficiency development across our diverse provinces and territories, as well as at the national level......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

B.C. Local Governments Recognized for Leadership in Wood Design

Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler, British Columbia. Five local governments were presented with 2018 Community Recognition Awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC........ Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Concrete Tech Firm CarbonCure Earns Backing of High-Profile Investment Fund that Includes Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos

HALIFAX—An East Coast cleantech firm that has carved out a niche for itself in the highly competitive concrete industry has secured the backing of some of the world’s biggest business moguls......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Traditional Real Estate Knows PropTech Will be Big, Just not What to do About It 

The vast majority of real estate executives know that digital innovation and PropTech are big opportunities for their business. But most still have no clue what to do about it.......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Ratio Restrictions Prevent Hiring of Apprentices, Says OEL Survey 

In a recent Ontario Electrical League (OEL) survey of employers in the industry, 73 per cent of respondents indicated they would hire more apprentices if ratio restrictions were eased. ......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Amazon Invests in Prefab Startup Focused on Smart Home Tech

Amazon has made its first foray in prefab construction, investing in a company known for sustainable construction and smart home technology.
.Today’s announcement of Amazon’s investment in Plant Prefab, a startup based in Rialto, California, comes on the heels of the company’s announcement of a new line of Alexa-enabled smart home devices, suggesting a potential new avenue of smart home development, experimentation, and expansion..................Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Montréal’s Green Neighbourhood Project Obtains LEED Platinum

The development plan for the Technopôle Angus has just obtained a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Platinum certification for sustainable neighbourhood design......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Toronto Architects Join Microsoft IoT Lab

Toronto-based WZMH Architects has been accepted into Microsoft’s global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, a program designed to assist businesses in transforming the way people, devices, and data interact.......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Infographic: Construction Is Costing More

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. This construction infographic looks at U.S. and Canadian construction material costs......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Construction Crews Near Finish Line on Two-Tower Project That will Be Toronto’s Tallest Outside Downtown Core

TORONTO—Jutting up abruptly from the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, the several dozen towers lining the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood on the west end of Toronto exemplify the building boom that has swept the city over the past decade......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Call for Entries: Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is inviting member firms to submit entries to their 17th annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) program.There is no fee to submit an entry, and member firms may submit a maximum of five entries per year......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Why Aren’t More Builders Getting into Prefab Housing?

With the next generation of Canadian homeowners – in major urban centres – threatened by the unaffordable prices of land-based homes, prefabricated, lower-cost structures have never been more newsworthy.......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Act Now: 2018 Canadian Construction Association’s Awards Program submission deadline is November 16

Canadian Construction Association’s Awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry.......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Has the Property Management Industry Prepared the Next Generation for Succession?

IREM and other organizations are making efforts to spread the good news of a career in property management. Much has been written—even in this space—about the dire nature of succession in the real estate community and the aging of practitioners in virtually all disciplines related to the built environment......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

E-book Covers Drainage and Ventilation for Adhered Masonry Walls

In masonry cavity walls, the cavity provides a path for drainage and ventilation and acts as a capillary break. However, adhered masonry veneers, like stucco, have been installed for hundreds of years without drainage or ventilation......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Simple, Striking Northern Cemetery Wins Landscape Award

The Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery in Nunavut is the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2018 Professional Awards under the general design category.......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

How Process Automation Can Reduce Real Estate Portfolio Management Expenses

The internet has enabled the next generation of penny pinchers to share their strategies on saving money. Websites like nerdwallet.com and nextadvisor.com share which credit cards have the best rates and return the most points. ......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Toronto Remains Confident About Landing Amazon’s Coveted HQ2

TORONTO—Canada’s most populous city remains confident it has what it takes to snag Amazon’s second North American headquarters a year after the online retail giant launched its search for a new home base.......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Fire and Sound Control Solutions for Tall Wood Buildings

It is no secret multi-unit wood buildings are growing in popularity. A March 2018 article by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) explains wood structures are easier to assemble, less noisy during the construction process, and produce less waste than other building materials......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Building With Masonry

Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books continues with a detailed look at the technical aspects of designing masonry wall assemblies........ Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Dawn of the Bitcoin Age Has Apartment Landlords Wondering Whether To Accept It For Rent

The rise of cryptocurrency in the real estate world began with a house here and a condo there.Now the largest affordable housing developer in Florida is considering accepting bitcoin and other virtual currencies for rent payments in what may be the next frontier for commercial real estate......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

BDC Study: Canadian Businesses Struggling With Labour Shortages

Over 39% of SMEs are struggling to find new employees and the problem will not improve for at least a decade, according to a new study released today from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

It’s Hard to Build Big Projects in Canada Now and Wait Till You See the Liberals’ New Bill

A fight over the federal government’s bill to overhaul the National Energy Board has been playing out away from the public eye but is expected to take centre stage in the Senate in September........ Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Why Postmodern Architecture is Making a Comeback

Postmodernism is back. We see it in the slew of books and articles about the movement, in the campaigns to save some of its greatest landmarks such as Philip Johnson’s AT&T building in New York, in the listings in the UK of notable buildings such as James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry, and John Outram’s Isle of Dogs pumping station....... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Three Canadian Cities Commit to Net-Zero Buildings 

Three Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, have committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their cities by ensuring new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Stantec Acquiring Ontario’s True Grit Engineering

The 55-person Northern Ontario firm has strong environmental services and infrastructure experience. Continuing to grow through acquisition, Stantec has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire True Grit Engineering, an infrastructure engineering, project management and planning, and environmental services firm that’s based in Thunder Bay, Ont., with regional offices in Sioux Lookout and Welland...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Equipment Rental Industry: Trends & Predictions 

The equipment rental market has witnessed outstanding growth in the past years. In 2014, a survey showed that even if leasing was still a leading strategy for construction managers, heavy equipment rentals have increased 75% in 2013 to 2014 – with specialized equipment types showing even higher spikes in rental frequency...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Dubai Plans for One Quarter Of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025

Dubai has launched 3D Printing Strategy, a global initiative to make the city the world's leader in 3D printing. The initiative is designed to promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology....... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Investors Downgrade Valuations Of Buildings Reliant On WeWork

The Real Deal has reported that a new study by Cushman & Wakefield shows that investors have been discounting the cap rates of properties with a large portion of their space dedicated to WeWork. .... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Report: The Rate Of Skyscraper Development To More Than Quadruple In Coming Decades

The world's cities, which are already defined by their skyscrapers, are going to see the development of a lot more of these tall towers in the coming decades. That will occur as further urbanization occurs globally and if the current rate of development persists..... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Property Management Trends That You Can’t Ignore in 2018

Not all industries move at the same pace, and not all of them are taken to the top like drifting logs on a strong river. Trends will always be a part of progress and as advancements in each industry are made, they tend to affect other industries...... Read Article


Aug 27, 2018

Millennials Are So Last Year: Commercial Real Estate Developers Build With Gen Z In Mind 

Multifamily and coworking locations will be earth-friendly. Increased food delivery demands will require larger commercial kitchens. Retail spots will become a place to do something rather than buy something..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

Phase One of Ontario’s New Construction Lien Act is in Effect

Ontario Construction Lien Act has a new name. It’s now called the Construction Act. Phase One took effect on July 1, 2018. Phase Two, the more controversial part, takes effect in October 2019..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

Tall Timber Structures and “Building Raincoats” Proposed for Toronto’s Smart Neighbourhood

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled its design plan and vision for the public realms of the Quayside project in Toronto, such as parks, plazas, ground-floor shops, and sidewalks..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

DULUX Paints by PPG Unveils Two Deep, Luxurious Greens as 2019 Colours of the Year

TORONTO, August 17, 2018 – Homeowners craving a contemporary version of old-school elegance and sophistication can look to DULUX® Paints by PPG for trending paint colour inspiration...... Read Article


Aug 15, 2018

CREA: Canadian Home Sales Activity Strengthens in July

Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from June to July 2018..... Read Article


Aug 14, 2018

RAIC Launches New Insurance Program for Architects

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has created a new insurance program that is designed for architects and will provide comprehensive professional liability coverage and other insurance products at highly competitive rates....... Read Article


Aug 13, 2018

Liberals Showcase Benefits of Billions Spent on Infrastructure Projects

OTTAWA—Little more than a year before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping to remind Canadians about the benefits derived from one of their signature promises from the last election: investing billions in infrastructure....... Read Article


Aug 9, 2018

Canada Infrastructure Bank Aims to Take P3s ‘a Step Further’

Much of the federal cash up for grabs in Canada’s $180 billion infrastructure plan will reach construction firms through tried and true methods, such as provincial and municipal contracts or public private partnerships (P3s)...... Read Article


Aug 9, 2018

Prefabricated Steel Structure Proposed for University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Ont., will add another building, a two-storey glass-and-steel structure, along the campus’ “pedestrian spine” in spring 2019...... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

WeWork Launches Another New Business, This Time Aimed at the Missing Middle

WeWork is the dominant figure in the coworking space, pioneering creative spaces for freelancers and giant companies alike, built on the power of community as a draw for 21st-century workers...... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

UNB: Onsite Timber Used in New Building

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has opened a new kinesiology building at its Fredericton campus. This 5574-m2 (60,000-sf), $36-million building will create a research cluster focused on health, wellness, physical fitness, and health promotion....... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

7 Major Trends That Will Impact the Construction Industry

The construction industry is always changing and evolving. Every year new trends appear within the industry, from technological advancements to a stronger focus on sustainability...... Read Article


Aug 7, 2018

City of Québec Plans to Develop its Shoreline

The City of Québec has launched a call for tenders to professional services in landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental services for the development of an enhancement plan for the four major rivers within its municipal boundaries, specifically the Cap Rouge, Saint-Charles, Beauport, and Montmorency rivers....... Read Article


Aug 3, 2018

Property Management Uses Tech to Help Landlords, Tenants

When a tenant moved out of the College Park home Ruth Zimmermann grew up in, the Los Angeles woman decided it was time to hire a property manager....... Read Article


Aug 3, 2018

Innovation Centre at Red River College Breaks Ground

Targeting net-zero energy consumption, the skin of the new high-performance building consists of photovoltaic glass panels that create energy and also change colour depending on the angle of view and weather conditions....... Read Article


July 31, 2018

AI Seeks Out Imperfections in Metals

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Ont., have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction, and automotive industries....... Read Article


Jul 25, 2018

IoT Help Wanted: Solving the Smart Building Problem

Dear Silicon Valley, I work in the facility management industry and could use your help. We have been debating solutions to the same problem for the last 40 years and no one has solved it....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

VC Investment in ConTech Startups Passes $1bn in H1 2018 – JLL

Construction technology startup companies received $1.05bn in investment from venture capitalists (VCs) in the first half of 2018, a record high according to a new report by JLL...... Read Article


July 18, 2018

As Sea Level Rises, Architects And Developers Adapt And Innovate

While the San Francisco Bay Area’s best features may be the seemingly endless views of the waterfront, the view comes with a price. Sea levels are expected to rise as much as 4 feet by the end of the century, according to a report from the National Climate Assessment....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

World’s Biggest Digital Map Company Just Released a Product for Mapping Inside Buildings

If you are not in the business of building a map into a product, then you probably have not heard of Esri....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Understanding Continuous Air Barrier Systems

As codes across the country begin to mandate higher levels of energy efficiency, the direct implication are building envelopes that must become tighter in terms of air changes per hour (ACH)....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

A Look at Hamilton’s First Shipping Container Home

Put together an offbeat do-it-yourselfer and a rogue architect, and the result is the Lego-esque creation rising like a cubist phoenix on an empty lot at 5 Arkledun Ave. in Hamilton....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Penticton Becoming Hub for Modular Construction Industry

The modular housing industry is on the rise in Penticton, with new businesses coming to town to set up plants........ Read Article


July 18, 2018

This Robot Can 3-D Print a Steel Bridge in Mid-air

Dutch designer Joris Laarman will wheel a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He’ll hit an “on” button. He’ll walk away. And when he comes back two months later, the Netherlands will have a new, one-of-a-kind bridge, 3-D printed in a steel arc over the waters....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Electric Car Charging Operators Offering To Install Chargers In Buildings For Free

The companies that own and install the electric vehicle charging stations are making it easier than ever for properties to host the chargers on-site, even at no cost. They want their networks blanketing the country, partly for the convenience of the drivers, but also because they make their money on the markup of electricity....... Read Article


July 13, 2018

RAIC Presents Case Studies on Designing with Indigenous Communities

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has produced a free, public document that describes best practices in working with Indigenous communities on architectural projects....... Read Article


July 13, 2018

Developers Decry Pullback on Property Tax Grant

New rules and other funding commitments place Toronto office projects in limbo...... Read Article


July 11, 2018

New Technologies: How will They Redefine the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Community?

Is the Canadian design and construction industry about to experience a radical, transformative and critical technological revolution?...... Read Article


July 11, 2018

Coalition Worried Further Steel Tariffs Would Limit Supply

Following the implementation of surtaxes on certain steel and aluminum products from the U.S. as countermeasures to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel is urging the government to be cautious about taking further action related to steel imports from other countries...... Read Article


July 9, 2018

City of Prince George, B.C., Installs Section of “Solar Road”

The photovoltaic panels are fixed directly onto pavement with no need to destroy and rebuild existing roadworks........ Read Article


July 9, 2018

Trump in No Rush on Trade as Canada-U.S. Tariff Spat Drags On

The federal Liberal government is determined to rekindle intensive talks on a new continental trade pact this summer—even though President Donald Trump says he won’t sign a renegotiated NAFTA until after the U.S. midterm elections this fall........ Read Article


July 5, 2018

Siemens Acquires 3 Smart Building Startups In 2 Months

Siemens Building Technologies Division has inked a deal to acquire Building Robotics Inc., an Oakland-based company whose app Comfy gives office workers greater control of their personal environment, especially temperature and lighting....... Read Article


July 5, 2018

KPMB Architect to Direct Design of Hamilton’s Waterfront Development

The City of Hamilton Council has selected Waterfront Shores Corporation as the preferred proponent for the Pier 8 waterfront development....... Read Article


July 3, 2018

Vaughan, Mississauga and Toronto Sign Housing Pledge

TBILD sets out its four-point plan on how municipalities can help make housing more affordable and increase supply........ Read Article


July 3, 2018

Next Generation Of CRE Data Companies Cautiously Emerges To Challenge CoStar

The commercial real estate data sector is rapidly and fundamentally changing before our eyes. Startups like VTS, Reonomy and CompStak are launching new services, charting nationwide expansions, landing venture capital investments and securing institutional partnerships....... Read Article


July 3, 2018

Ottawa Building Proves its Zero Carbon Performance

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has awarded a Class A, commercial office building in Ottawa the country’s first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) – Performance certification....... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Amazon Touts Hub Lockers As Way For Multifamily To Deal With Deliveries

After launching the locker system it calls Hub by Amazon in select premier properties last summer, retail giant Amazon opened the service to apartment owners nationally Tuesday, characterizing the system in a statement as one that "brings conveniences and consistency to the delivery experience." ...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

20 Major Upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse Construction Projects – Canada

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse construction projects in Canada...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Feds invest $167M to bolster infrastructure in and around Port of Vancouver

Work on a series of road and rail projects at Canada’s largest port is moving ahead with the backing of the federal government...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Liberals set hiring, procurement stipulations for federally funded projects

Cities, provinces and territories building new roads, bridges, water and transit systems funded with federal dollars will have to let Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants have a hand in those projects under new rules being unveiled....... Read Article


June 22, 2018

Job sites in Quebec sit idle as crane operators protest new training rules

Crane operators disrupted work sites across Quebec June 18 with an illegal strike, according to the provincial agency that enforces construction labour rules....... Read Article


June 22, 2018

Vancouver International Airport breaks ground on $9.1B expansion

Vancouver International Airport broke ground on its $9.1 billion multi-year expansion that will see the airport complete 75 major projects over the next two decades...... Read Article


June 19, 2018

PEI offering up to $5,000 to build energy-efficient homes

The government of Prince Edward Island recently announced the New Home Construction Program will offer financial incentives of up to $5,000 to build energy-efficient homes....... Read Article


June 8, 2018

Researchers study impacts of climate change on wind energy potential

With power purchase agreements of wind farms set to expire between now and the end of the next decade, the wind industry is poised to potentially undergo large-scale repowering of its wind farms......... Read Article


June 8, 2018

Construction industry hits second monthly decline with 13K job losses

Construction employment has dipped for the second consecutive month, with a loss of 13,000 jobs in May. Statistics Canada reported the decline in its latest monthly Labour Force Survey......... Read Article


June 8, 2018

PCs sweep to power in Ontario: What Doug Ford means for construction across the province

Among his list of promises were bringing back dollar beer, scrapping the Green Energy Act and reducing the small business tax rate........ Read Article


July 21, 2017

PLACEMAKING: HOW TO DESIGN FOR BETTER URBAN LIVING

Craig Applegath is a founding principal of DIALOG and a passionate designer who believes in the power of built form to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of our communities and the environments we all share. What is placemaking? Photo Credit: Student A... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering, Property

March 15, 2017

IPD APPROACH SHOWCASED ON OAKVILLE ARENA PROJECT

Article Written by: Angela Gismondi, Published by: <Construct Connect> The Town of Oakville, Ont. is the first municipality in Canada to use a full Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach coupled with lean principles for its Oakville A... View Here


Construction

March 15, 2017

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER BEHIND THE CURTAIN WALL

“The fortunes of the construction industry in Canada are directly affected by domestic and global economic factors, shifting demographic patterns, and changing public-sector policies and priorities.” This report gives an overview of the current state o... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design

February 14, 2017

STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: PROGRESSION IN CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION

“The fortunes of the construction industry in Canada are directly affected by domestic and global economic factors, shifting demographic patterns, and changing public-sector policies and priorities.” This report gives an overview of the current state o... View Here


Construction

January 24, 2017

REYNOLDS, VOGEL WARN HARD WORK REMAINS ON LIEN ACT REFORM

Article written by Angela Gismondi and published by <Construct Connect> It’s been a few months since the report Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act was released and while its authors Bruce Reynolds and S... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design

January 24, 2017

RESILIENT PROJECTS EXPLORED AT ARCHITECTURAL ROUNDTABLE

Article written by Angela Gismondi and published by <Construct Connect> Architects and landscape designers discussed how to design buildings for the realities of climate change at the International Architectural Roundtable held Nov. 30 as... View Here


July 18, 2016

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUBMETERING SOLUTIONS

Scott Beneteau, VP, Sales at Enercare and Omar Salihbegovic, Associate Designer, Buildings – Electrical at MMM Group joined us at The Buildings Show in 2015 to talk to developers, contractors, and builders about the growing trend of mixed-used developm... View Here


July 12, 2016

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO TAKE YOUR SMART BUILDING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

We’ve covered the capital savings achievable through building systems convergence, and followed that up with how operations staff can use system connectivity to keep the building humming in like new condition in our three-part Smart Buildings series. N... View Here


Property

June 23, 2016

HOW TO SAVEONENERGY THROUGH ENERGY CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT

Joe Bilé, Manager, Program Delivery, and Jen Grado, Commercial Lead at Conservation Demand Management (CDM) Business Development for Toronto Hydro discussed saveONenergy’s energy conservation management program updates to property and facility managers... View Here


Property

June 15, 2016

HOW TO OPERATE A SMART BUILDING LIKE A PRO

By now you’ve read part one of this three part series on smart buildings. You understand how  to reduce the capital costs, simplify how they connect and share data easily with new services and users. In this article, I will explain how you can drive op... View Here


Property

June 7, 2016

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEMS

At The Buildings Show in 2015, Richard Ruppert, Architectural Services Manager for Firestone Building Products Canada, discussed the evolution of roofing materials, techniques for builders, roofers and contractors, and the benefits of these technologic... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Property

May 31, 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN SMART BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

This article is part one of a three-part series discussing the opportunities and business reasons to utilize smart building technologies. This article will discuss how to deploy new technologies without necessarily spending more on the building systems... View Here


Property

May 24, 2016

18 HVAC BEST PRACTICES FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS & BUILDING OWNERS

Brad Arnold, Technical Consultant at Pipe Shield Enterprises, is a recognized leader in plumbing, mechanical and pipe rehabilitation services. As a Springfest 2016 speaker, we interviewed Brad on his HVAC best practices for property managers and buildi... View Here


Property

May 10, 2016

BUILDING AUTOMATED SYSTEMS (BAS) TRAINING FOR EVERYONE

In December 2015, Stephen Dixon, President of TdS Dixon, spoke to building operators and owners at the Buildings Show about how to improve energy efficiency through Building Automated Systems (BAS) training for their facilities, and strategies to achie... View Here


Property

April 4, 2016

HOW TO PLAN A CAPITAL BUDGET FOR AGING REAL ESTATE ASSETS

We interviewed Cherisse Vanloo, a Project Manager at WSP Canada, who shared tips on how property managers can effectively plan a capital budget for aging real estate assets. With over 9 years of property condition assessment and building evaluation exp... View Here


Property

March 29, 2016

ACCESSIBILITY AMENDMENTS TO THE ONTARIO BUILDING CODE FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS

Samantha Proulx, Project Consultant (Accessibility & Building Code) at Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd, was interviewed on the accessibility amendments to the 2012 Ontario Building Code (effective January 1, 2015) that every property manager sh... View Here


Property

March 29, 2016

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MARKETING CHECKLIST: HOW TO REACH A NEW GENERATION OF RENTER

The population of Toronto is expected to grow to more than three million people in the next 15 years, up from 2.79 million people. Because of the scarcity of available rental units, developers have recognized an opportunity to capitalize on this unders... View Here


Property

March 22, 2016

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR PROPERTY AND FACILITY MANAGERS

With 15 years experience in Facility Management and the head of Cisco Canada’s business development and services delivery for Cisco’s S+CRE consulting services, Andy Schonberger shares his insights into the latest building technology trends for propert... View Here


Property

March 18, 2016

TAKE CONTROL: HOW TO TAME YOUR ENERGY COSTS IN A WILD MARKET

Chris Loughren, Manager, Commercial Energy Solutions at Bruce Power Direct came to The Buildings Show in December 2015 to teach property managers and building owners how they can better manage energy costs and consumption in their buildings. In one of... View Here


Construction

February 11, 2016

CONCRETE DEVELOPMENTS

Photo Caption: Assembled at UC Berkeley, Bloom pavilion, by California make-tank Emerging Objects, is composed from 3D-printed concrete polymer blocks. Our cities have been constructed with concrete—can that concrete continue to sustain the passion of... View Here


Construction, Engineering

January 13, 2016

GLOBAL PRICING: PREPARE TO TALK VALUES, SAYS CONSULTANT

Project pricing in the global construction marketplace is a tremendously important aspect of doing business, but many companies underestimate its impact on their bottom line, said an international pricing expert at a seminar he hosted at the recent Bui... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

WHAT’S NEW IN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS—THE CCMC EXPERIENCE

When new or innovative construction products hit the market, building inspectors in local jurisdictions are naturally concerned that the products meet the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. Often, manufacturers turn to the Canadian C... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 16, 2015

TALLER THAN 10 STOREYS? YES WE WOOD

Advances in building technology, an abundance of timber and construction inclusion in the National Building Code have seen an increased interest by Canadian builders in using wood for taller buildings. Cameron McCartney, research officer at the Nationa... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 16, 2015

MODERN ARCHITECTS REIMAGINING CONCRETE

A panel presenting at The Buildings Show’s International Architectural Roundtable notes that modern architects continue to remain fascinated with concrete. Their mission: making concrete more sustainable, building complex structures without formwork, e... View Here


Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

LEAN, MEAN AND HONING CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY

Creating more value for customers with fewer resources while minimizing waste. That’s the simple definition of the LEAN approach to construction. While that might seem like a slam dunk for Canadian construction companies, they haven’t necessarily been... View Here


Construction, Industry News

December 16, 2015

ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD ON WHY SPACEFLIGHT CAN BE A LOT LIKE CONSTRUCTION

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s crowning achievement to date has been his tour as commander of the International Space Station (ISS). “It’s the biggest construction project ever built in space, using a team of 15 different countries,” he says. “It... View Here


Construction, Property, Renovation

December 16, 2015

REVITALIZING DETROIT, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME

Detroit is a city of incredible potential. Bedrock Real Estate Services is helping to realize that potential by managing a growing portfolio of 80 commercial buildings that are part of the Quicken empire.  Scott Collins, project executive with Bedrock, ... View Here


Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

FIVE THINGS YOU NEVER WANT TO DO TO PERMEABLE PAVERS

Permeable pavement offers designers a surface that permits the free flow of water through pavement, contrary to conventionally designed pavement, which conveys flow off the surface and into catch basins. “It’s extremely popular with folks who are into... View Here


Design, Property, Renovation

December 16, 2015

FIVE COMMON MYTHS OF LED LIGHTING

Dino Chantziaras of DDM Lighting, a specialty lighting design and installation contractor, notes that LED lighting continues to gain in popularity. “The price of electricity keeps rising,” he says. “LEDs provide a cost-effective lighting solution. They... View Here


Construction, Industry News

December 15, 2015

FUTURE BRIGHT FOR TORONTO CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE

There may not be 180 cranes in Toronto’s skies anymore, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation keeps warning of a high risk of correction for the city, but don’t expect the construction sector in the GTA to fade any time soon. That was the message ... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 14, 2015

THE 2015 ONTARIO CONCRETE AWARD WINNERS

Photo: YOUNES BOUNHAR / DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY The province’s concrete industry has once again recognized excellence and innovation on a variety of project types with the presentation of the 2015 Ontario Concrete Awards. The annual competition focuses... View Here


November 16, 2015

ALBERT BICOL ON FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION GREEN BUILDINGS, INCLUDING LEED

With his extensive expertise in Sustainable Master Planning (SMP), High Performance and Net-Zero Buildings, Albert Bicol shares his insights on first and second generation green buildings, including first generation LEED buildings. Explain how second g... View Here


Property

November 16, 2015

PM EXPO: YOUR LEADING EDGE IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Positioning and optimizing existing buildings as smart, green, and more sustainable creates competitive assets to attract tenants, while at the same time providing the opportunity for large scale operational savings. Yet teams also need to be equipped... View Here


Architecture, Construction

November 6, 2015

ARCHITECTS & CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Author, software developer and architect, Brian Palmquist shares his insights on how architects can manage their construction work phases more efficiently using construction project management tools & best-practices.   What are  5  lessons fro... View Here


Construction

July 21, 2015

LEVERAGING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Real-time reporting capabilities and integration with mobile applications are changing the way interior fit-outs and renovations are managed. By capitalizing on available technologies, the entire project team can improve communication to deliver succes... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

GREEN CERTIFICATION BENEFITS

The recent recession may have been the best thing to happen to sustainable commercial building. During those years, sustainable buildings proved their value: sustainable properties experienced lower vacancy rates; builders with green experience fared b... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering

November 24, 2014

CONCRETE: PRODUCT OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Ready mixed concrete can no longer be considered a commodity. With the advent of improved technology, ready mixed concrete is adaptable to any type of application whether you need more flowability, higher strengths, or adjustment to site and weather co... View Here


Construction

November 24, 2014

CLOSING THE GAP – GREEN SKILLS TRAINING FOR TRADES

Labor Market Research shows that the Ontario construction labor market will expand in 2015 to 2019, with the strongest gains in large commercial projects. The Canadian green building market is also poised to see strong growth over the next three years,... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

HOUSE PRICES ARE RISING…BUT WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN?

I’m often amazed at how the housing market is reported in the news media. Not for what is reported, but for what isn’t. Read any business news site or paper, and you wouldn’t know that one-third of Canadians do not own a home, and instead pay rent as a... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Renovation

November 24, 2014

WALL THERMAL DESIGN CALCULATOR

Architects and others in the building industry now have a tool to quickly assess the energy efficiency of walls in low-rise housing: the Wall Thermal Design Calculator. The purpose of this online tool and calculator is to provide designers with prescri... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

INNOVATE OR BE LEFT BEHIND

In today’s ultra-competitive business climate, your company’s ability to innovate may be one of its key competitive advantages. Although commercial real estate (CRE) may not have the same universal appeal and sizzle as consumer electronics, innovation... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Property

November 24, 2014

CANADA’S ECONOMY: COUNTING ON A WEAK CURRENCY AND NEW CUSTOMERS TO FUEL GROWTH

There’s another aspect of residential real estate that will be equally important. Home prices must not cave. To a fair degree, consumer confidence and personal consumption expenditures depend on a feeling of prosperity that is provided by rock-solid or... View Here


December 6, 2017

INFORMA TRANSFORMS WITH THE UNVEILING OF REVITALIZED EXHIBITION PLATFORMS

Informa Canada’s Global Exhibitions division announces the launch of IDS CONTRACT and expansion of THE BUILDINGS SHOW. Toronto, Canada... View Here


May 8, 2017

ROOFTECH 2017 SEES RECORD TURNOUT IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY

Programming excellence brings record numbers to the 13th biennial event. Toronto, ON, May 8, 2017 – ROOFTech 2017 organizers saw... View Here


April 26, 2017

BOUTIQUE DESIGN PAVILION IS COMING TO IIDEXCANADA 2017

Toronto, ON, Apr. 20, 2017 — In response to the evolving hospitality sector, IIDEXCanada, part of The Buildings Show, is... View Here


Industry News

April 20, 2017

EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR PROGRAM FOCUSES ON TILE AND STONE GAME CHANGERS, INFLUENCERS, TRENDS AND MARKET UPDATES AT STONEX CANADA

Toronto, ON, April 20, 2017 –  STONEX Canada, with the support of the Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada... View Here


Industry News

April 13, 2017

APPOINTMENT NOTICE – NANCY MILANI

George Przybylowski, Vice President, Real Estate/Construction, Informa Exhibitions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Milani, CEM, CMP, as... View Here


Industry News

February 16, 2017

ROOFTECH RETURNS TO TORONTO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS

Toronto, ON, Feb. 16, 2017 – ROOFTech, the trade show and exposition for the Canadian roofing industry, returns to Toronto... View Here


Industry News

February 16, 2017

PROPERTY MANAGERS WILL GAIN THE COMPETITIVE EDGE THEY NEED BY ATTENDING SPRINGFEST 2017

Toronto, ON, Feb. 16, 2017 – Springfest, the one-day event for building and property executives, owners and managers returns May... View Here


Industry News

September 22, 2016

THE BUILDINGS SHOW IS CHANGING HOW THE INDUSTRY WORKS

Rules, practices and techniques for a changing built environment TORONTO – The Buildings Show (TBS), the largest networking and educational... View Here


Industry News

September 28, 2015

CREATING THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE CANADIAN BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The Buildings Show is the Place for Trade Professionals to Collaborate and Source New Standards for the Built Environment The... View Here


Industry News

April 16, 2015

WHO’S WHO OF REAL ESTATE TO UNVEIL TORONTO OF THE FUTURE®

Showcase Event Scheduled for June 1 – 5 at MetroCentre / Metro Hall Leading players in real estate and architecture... View Here


Industry News

February 9, 2015

INFORMA ACQUIRES HANLEY WOOD EXHIBITIONS

Our Parent Company Acquires US-based Hanley Wood Exhibitions’ Portfolio of Seventeen Major Design, Construction and Real Estate Shows Including Greenbuild... View Here


Industry News

February 5, 2015

BUILDINGS CANADA CREATES AN INNOVATIVE ONLINE CONSTRUCTION, BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Buildings Canada launches its new information sharing portal comprised of features such as educational webinars, product showcases, market reports, breaking... View Here


Industry News

February 5, 2015

SPRINGFEST OFFERS COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MANAGING & OPERATING BUILDINGS

The 21st annual Springfest exposition, networking and educational event is happening on Thursday April 30, 2015 at the Toronto Metro... View Here


Industry News

November 17, 2014

SEVEN STAND ALONE SHOWS UNITE TO BUILD BIGGER, BETTER EVENT

Having previously operated as seven superior, stand-alone shows to wow and educate the design, architecture, construction and real estate professionals,... View Here