Construction investment drops over 45% in AprilJune 22, 2020
The public health measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 severely impacted the construction industry in April as the largest provinces in the country shut down all non-essential construction sites.
Building Permits issued in Canada drop 17% in AprilMay 27, 2020
Quebec’s decision to shut down non-essential construction activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to it posting its largest month-over-month percentage decline on record.
StatsCan Reveals Construction Investments on the Rise in FebruaryApril 21, 2020
The latest release of data from Statistics Canada reveals that total investment in building construction increased 1.3% to $15.9 billion in February 2020, the fourth consecutive month-over-month growth for the sector. Investment gains for the country were reported in all facets…
MCAC supports call for construction and trades relief programs due to COVID-19April 8, 2020
The Canadian Construction Association has called for an Emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Relief Program to help contractors with the financial implications of project shutdowns delays, and losses of productivity.
CCA issues COVID-19 protocols for construction sites documentApril 1, 2020
The Canadian Construction Association document outlines prevention, detection and rapid response measures.
A Seat at the tableMarch 24, 2020 by Anil Sawhney
Changing the project design lens to focus on whole life-cycle value.
PCL partnering with Eddy Solutions for water leak protectionMarch 23, 2020
The partnership involves merging Eddy Solution’s water monitoring and leak mitigation technology with PCL’s Job Site Insights cloud-based smart construction platform.
Canadian building permit values rise to $8.7 B in DecemberFebruary 10, 2020
The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities in 2019 rose to $102.4 billion, up 2.6 per cent from 2018.
Breaking Ground at new ASHRAE HeadquartersJanuary 14, 2020
The Society is renovating a two-story, 66,700 sq. ft. building near Atlanta that will feature water efficient plumbing, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as the ability to harness on site energy production and be a net-zero-energy ready building.
Johnson Controls breaks ground on Mississippi plantDecember 20, 2019
Expansion will provide jobs to local economy, meet growing demand for custom air-handling units
The Agility of IoTDecember 17, 2019 by Megan Hoegler
Smart technology developed by PCL Construction and Microsoft is simplifying tradespeople and developers’ jobs through crisis prevention and cost savings.
National Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards accepting nominationsDecember 2, 2019
The CaGBC Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to advancements within the Canadian green building industry.
In the Evolution of Fire Protection… the Next Step is HereNovember 21, 2019 by Reliance Worldwide Corporation
They just don’t build things like they used to! Words we have all heard throughout the years. When that comment is made regarding the construction of a building what might come to mind is that today’s buildings often appear to…
‘They really hate us:’ New prompt payment rules may help mend relationship between GC’s, subtradesOctober 29, 2019 by David Kennedy
“It’s not dislike, it’s not that they’re upset– they really hate us.”
ASHRAE releases expanded version of Standard 90.1October 25, 2019
ATLANTA, Ga.— ASHRAE has released an expanded, revised version of Standard 90.1. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings. The new version contains over 100 changes from the 2016 version, including energy-saving measures. “The goal…
Within ReachOctober 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan
Mechanical systems find a place in 3D printed structures
High-performance Design Matches High-performance AthleticsOctober 16, 2019 by Ralph Kittler
World-class sports facility presents unique IAQ and air distribution issues.
Grundfos begins $3.5 million expansion of Oakville facilityJuly 12, 2019
The expanded facility is designed to increase warehousing and service capabilities by doubling its size
Consortium enters $750 million contract to build NL hospital; members include Cahill Group, Johnson ControlsJuly 3, 2019
Newfoundland and Labrador has signed off on a $750 million contract with the Corner Brook Health Partnership consortium to build an acute care hospital on the west coast of the island. The project to build the seven-storey, 600,000 square foot…
Demand for key trades apprentices to climb to 167,000 over next five years: reportJuly 3, 2019
Some 67,000 journeypersons will be required over the next five years to keep workforce certification levels afloat for key trades in the majority of Canadian provinces. To meet that demand, Canada’s 10 largest Red Seal trades — excluding Quebec and…
Ottawa’s new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobsJune 24, 2019
By imposing a strict timetable on when payments must be made, the rules are expected to benefit both general contractors and subcontractors
Construction industry faced highest number of unfilled jobs in Q1, surpassing national average: CFIBJune 13, 2019
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. Coast to coast, 435,000…
Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ changeJune 11, 2019
As industry stakeholders prepare for the new rules to come into force, legislators in other provinces and within the federal government are watching closely
Northern Quebec community to switch from diesel to hydroelectricity with construction of $125M generating stationMay 28, 2019
Partners of the Innavik project inked an agreement May 27 to build a $125 million hydroelectric generation station in one of Quebec’s northernmost, diesel-fueled communities. Hydro-Québec, Pituvik Landholding Corporation and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. say the 7.5-megawatt station on the…
$57.5M for Manitoba school infrastructure projects, including HVAC systemsApril 23, 2019
The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, 2019, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The…
‘Innovation mindset’: Adoption of latest technologies key to contractor growth at MCAC ConferenceApril 17, 2019
As the construction industry grapples with complex projects and tight timelines, a massive worker shortage and some of the lowest productivity gains over the last few decades, the largely entrenched ways of doing business are undergoing a fundamental shift. At…
CIPH, HRAI to host industry outlook webinarApril 10, 2019
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) are presenting a complimentary economic forecast webinar. Scheduled for May 1, 2019 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., “The Outlook” webinar will be led…
Nova Scotia tables prompt payment legislation, plans industry consultationsMarch 19, 2019
Nova Scotia is the latest province to introduce prompt payment legislation, which sets timelines to ensure construction businesses and workers are paid on time. Among other changes, amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act–to be renamed the Builders’ Lien and Prompt…
Lean Construction Institute conference to kick off in AprilMarch 12, 2019
Registration is now open for the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C)–a committee of the Canadian Construction Association–fourth annual training day and conference. The conference, to be held in Montreal, QC from April 30 to May 2, 2019, will include…
Students test the limits of sustainable construction with a tiny net-zero energy and water houseFebruary 26, 2019 by Jillian Morgan
The Northern Nomad claims a mere 220 square feet of Carleton University campus in Ottawa, ON. An emblem of sustainable construction, this tiny house is big on efficiency. Built by a group of students to withstand the northern climate, the…