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Construction investment drops over 45% in April

June 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.

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Building Permits issued in Canada drop 17% in April

May 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.

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StatsCan Reveals Construction Investments on the Rise in February

April 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

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MCAC supports call for construction and trades relief programs due to COVID-19

April 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.

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CCA issues COVID-19 protocols for construction sites document

April 1, 2020

The Canadian Construction Association document outlines prevention, detection and rapid response measures.

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A Seat at the table

March 24, 2020 by Anil Sawhney

Changing the project design lens to focus on whole life-cycle value.

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PCL partnering with Eddy Solutions for water leak protection

March 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.

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Canadian building permit values rise to $8.7 B in December

February 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.

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Breaking Ground at new ASHRAE Headquarters

January 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.

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Johnson Controls breaks ground on Mississippi plant

December 20, 2019

Expansion will provide jobs to local economy, meet growing demand for custom air-handling units

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The Agility of IoT

December 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.

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National Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards accepting nominations

December 2, 2019

The CaGBC Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to advancements within the Canadian green building industry.

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In the Evolution of Fire Protection… the Next Step is Here

November 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

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‘They really hate us:’ New prompt payment rules may help mend relationship between GC’s, subtrades

October 29, 2019 by David Kennedy

“It’s not dislike, it’s not that they’re upset– they really hate us.”

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ASHRAE releases expanded version of Standard 90.1

October 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

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Within Reach

October 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Mechanical systems find a place in 3D printed structures

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High-performance Design Matches High-performance Athletics

October 16, 2019 by Ralph Kittler

World-class sports facility presents unique IAQ and air distribution issues.

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Grundfos begins $3.5 million expansion of Oakville facility

July 12, 2019

The expanded facility is designed to increase warehousing and service capabilities by doubling its size

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Consortium enters $750 million contract to build NL hospital; members include Cahill Group, Johnson Controls

July 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

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Demand for key trades apprentices to climb to 167,000 over next five years: report

July 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

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Ottawa’s new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobs

June 24, 2019

By imposing a strict timetable on when payments must be made, the rules are expected to benefit both general contractors and subcontractors

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

June 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

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 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

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Northern Quebec community to switch from diesel to hydroelectricity with construction of $125M generating station

May 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

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$57.5M for Manitoba school infrastructure projects, including HVAC systems

April 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

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‘Innovation mindset’: Adoption of latest technologies key to contractor growth at MCAC Conference

April 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

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CIPH, HRAI to host industry outlook webinar

April 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

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Nova Scotia tables prompt payment legislation, plans industry consultations

March 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

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Lean Construction Institute conference to kick off in April

March 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

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Students test the limits of sustainable construction with a tiny net-zero energy and water house

February 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