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Solar reflectivity has generated attention in the design world due to the appearance of “fryscrappers” or “death ray buildings,” as they have been referred to in public media.
Industry legend Bob Maltby has shared his knowledge in a new book.
Dec. 15, 2014 - Ontario Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, late Wednesday December 9th, released her 2014 Annual Report.  Figuring prominently in the report is the assessment that Ontario is paying significantly more for its public infrastructure using public-private- partnerships (Alternative Financing and Procurement) than it would if it were to contract out the work and manage the projects itself.
Dec. 11, 2014 - The total value of building permits was $7.5 billion in October, edging up 0.7% from September. The increase came mainly from higher construction intentions in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Nov. 25, 2014 - The Fair Construction campaign launched on Thursday, to forewarn municipalities that could be targeted next by construction labour monopolies - a growing and alarming trend in Southwestern Ontario.
Nov. 13, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $7.5 billion in September, up 12.7% from August, following a 27.3% decrease the previous month. The increase in September resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for both non-residential and residential buildings in Ontario.
Nov. 6, 2014 - SBB Railway’s newly-minted headquarters outside of Wankdorf, Bern, has a striking visual feature — SEFAR Architecture VISION fabric, laminated between moveable glass louvers. Five different variations of the VISION fabric interlayer absorb and disperse sunlight. The 6,258 individually moveable slats, which cover the 98,318 square-foot façade, allow occupants to open and angle the panels for fresh air and lighting control.
Oct. 21, 2014 -Paul Bélanger, Commissioner of the Elliot Lake Inquiry, recently released his final report in to the Algo Centre Mall parking deck roof collapse of June, 2012. The Inquiry Report makes 71 recommendations; many that would significantly strengthen the regulation of Ontario’s engineering profession.
I adopted the term “Urban Everest” after reading about the distinct trend in some very large cities around the globe, including some in Canada, to build tall – very tall.
The OGMA’s support for Canadian veterans strikes a nerve.
Oct. 7, 2014 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 27.3% to $6.7 billion in August, following three months of double-digit increases.
Sept. 23, 2014 - EACOM Timber Corporation welcomes the announcement from the Government of Ontario to implement changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys.
Sept. 3, 2014 - A record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction, BuildForce Canada announced today, as the country gets set to celebrate Labour Day and the contribution of its workers.
Aug. 19, 2014 - Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Stratford along with Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal on Monday to announce how the Ontario government is going to provide small, rural and northern municipalities with stable, annual funding needed to build and repair essential core infrastructure.
Glazing contractors in Ontario beware, and be proactive.  On July 1, 2014, Ontario Regulation 297/13 took effect as part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) under the heading “Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training.”
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