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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

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CCA launches mentorship pilot program for industry entrepreneurs

February 6, 2019

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is calling on the industry’s aspiring entrepreneurs. The association is launching a mentorship pilot program, with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI). “Aspiring entrepreneurs”

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Building Code service fees increase in Ontario

February 4, 2019

Building Code related service fee increases came into effect in Ontario January 1, 2019. Building practitioner registration, Building Code Commission and Minister’s Rulings have jumped 2.4 per cent. There will be no fee increase in 2019 for the Building Materials

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NECB 2017, Section of NBC 2015 in effect for Saskatchewan

February 1, 2019

The 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings and Section 9.36 of the National Building Code 2015 are in effect for Saskatchewan. The requirements for NECB 2017 and Section 9.36 apply to any building permits issued on or

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Ruskin invests $2.2M to expand Missouri R&D lab

January 2, 2019

Ruskin has doubled the size of its Grandview, MO research and development lab in a $2.2 million expansion. More than 100,000 square feet was added to the space. The expansion focused on new product innovation, testing standards and cost-saving improvements

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Net-zero waterfront community proposed for site of decommissioned coal plant

December 12, 2018

Just off the shore of Lake Ontario, demolition machines chip away at the extensive concrete foundations that once rested beneath a massive coal-fired power plant. The arduous work is part of an ambitious plan by a consortium of developers to

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NRC calls for public review of 2020 national plumbing, building code changes

November 28, 2018

The National Research Council of Canada has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the national construction codes. Public consultation will inform the 2020 revisions to the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada and National

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Saskatchewan tables prompt payment legislation

November 23, 2018

Saskatchewan is the latest province to introduce prompt payment legislation. The province tabled the Builders Lien Amendment Act on November 20, which sets out timelines for providing payment on construction projects. It also establishes an interim adjudication process that can

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Nova Scotia Education Department partners with Skills Canada for 2019 competition

September 20, 2018

Nova Scotia has partnered with Skills Canada to encourage students to attend the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), to be held in at the Halifax Exhibition Centre from May 27 to 30. The province’s Department of Education and Early

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Vancouver to construct fire hall to Passive House standards

July 4, 2018

The City of Vancouver will replace its aging fire hall No. 17 with a newly constructed building designed to Passive House Standards. Along with a small group of projects, the hall is part of the Canada Green Building Council Zero

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Energy efficient construction incentives offered through new NB Power program

June 29, 2018

NB Power has launched the New Home Energy Savings Program, which offers homeowners up to $10,000 in incentives for energy efficient construction. Through the program, the builder or homebuyer will receive energy efficient building plan recommendations. The program is performance-based,

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Bathroom renovations, small repairs focus for homeowners in 2018: poll

June 18, 2018

Canadian homeowners plan to trim spending on renovations in 2018 and will instead focus on maintenance and repairs, according to a CIBC poll. Top projects include basic maintenance (52 per cent), landscaping (39 per cent), and bathroom renovations (39 per

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CaGBC awards Mohawk College with Canada’s second Zero Carbon Building Design certification

June 15, 2018

Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON has earned Canada’s second Zero Carbon Building Design certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The college was awarded the certification for its planned Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation. The first to receive

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NEBB to host retro-commissioning seminar in Maryland

May 17, 2018

A new seminar from NEBB will cover Technical Retro-Commissioning (RCx) for Existing Buildings. It will be held from August 13 to 16, 2018 at the NEBB Training and Education Centre in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Technical RCx is the process of improving

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Trimble rounds-out construction technology offering

May 14, 2018

Trimble has agreed to acquire Portland, OR-based Viewpoint. The purchase aims to extend Trimble’s construction management software offering, and is complementary to its recent acquisition of Florida-based software company e-Builder, which it purchased in February 2018. Viewpoint integrates a contractor’s

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Waterloo office building earns Canada’s first zero carbon certification

May 11, 2018

The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multi-tenant office building in Waterloo, ON. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presented the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon balance

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Heating, cooling solutions part of PCL Construction, Microsoft partnership

May 9, 2018

PCL Construction has partnered with Microsoft to develop smart building solutions. The solutions will leverage Microsoft Azure, a cloud-computing platform that includes Power BI and the Azure IoT suite, as well as analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities. “Smart Building solutions