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World’s tallest wood tower proposed in Vancouver

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World’s tallest wood tower proposed in Vancouver

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. The tower would be mostly mass timber, likely with a concrete core. The building will use a fraction of the carbon needed to build something similar in steel. According...

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Gardening greens up multi-family architecture

Posted in Exterior Building, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Gardening greens up multi-family architecture

As the price of produce continues to edge upwards and the stresses of everyday life nudge people toward nature, more homeowners are donning gardening gloves, cultivating a sunny, earth-filled spot and conjuring up some homegrown fresh goodness. “You don’t need to have a giant backyard to be successful,” says gardening guru and HGTV’s Home to Win host Carson Arthur. “You can grow fresh food anywhere,” he says. In fact that is the gist of his recently released new book, Vegetables, Chickens...

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Cost of Severe Weather Damages in 2018 Fourth-Highest on Record

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Cost of Severe Weather Damages in 2018 Fourth-Highest on Record

Insured damage for severe weather events across Canada reached $1.9 billion in 2018, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). Ice storms, floods, windstorms, and tornadoes, did damage to homes, vehicles, and commercial property across the country throughout the year. Damages in 2018 are the fourth-highest amount of losses on record in Canada. However, unlike with the Quebec ice storm in 1998, the Calgary floods in 2013, or the...

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Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

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Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

Hydro crews were at work this morning trying to untangle and repair fallen power lines, some of which snapped like twigs in the Friday tornadoes that hit the Ottawa area. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Saturday night he was planning to visit the affected areas sometime today. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet,” Ford told his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont., on Saturday. “We want you to know that the entire province stands with you and is...

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Tornado tears through Ottawa and Gatineau area, causing injuries

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Tornado tears through Ottawa and Gatineau area, causing injuries

A tornado ripped through the Ottawa area Friday afternoon, damaging homes and vehicles as severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts also pounded southern Ontario. Extensive damage to houses was reported by residents in Ottawa and in nearby Dunrobin. In Gatineau, Que., cars were overturned on Highway 50, said Environment Canada, which confirmed a tornado had touched down in the region. Approximately 25 people were injured in the storm and at least six were taken to hospital for treatment, the...

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Phasing in Energy Efficiency: Why Your Multifamily Building Needs Fixed Over Slider Windows

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Phasing in Energy Efficiency: Why Your Multifamily Building Needs Fixed Over Slider Windows

The average aluminum window cannot outlast the economic life of an apartment building. As such, building owners will look at replacing their windows at least once within the building’s first 50 years of existence. The landlord benefits from energy savings due to less air leakage through the windows and tenants are able to live more comfortably with a more air tight seal. Aluminum sliding windows are being phased out for a window that captures the best of both worlds: great ventilation and even...

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CMHC reviews RCFI – have your say!

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CMHC reviews RCFI – have your say!

As part of the federal Liberal government’s re-engagement in housing, CMHC created the Rental Construction Financing Initiative (RCFI). RCFI provides low cost financing with a long amortization period, in exchange for: making some units affordable , working with one or more social agencies, and providing good accessibility and energy efficiency. The goal is to create inclusive, sustainable communities. CFAA is in favour of incentives for the construction of affordable housing, and market...

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Toronto’s rental frenzy spurs highrise dog park, fleet of Teslas

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Toronto’s rental frenzy spurs highrise dog park, fleet of Teslas

Here’s a new perk for Toronto apartment renters: Watch your pup frolic on the terrace while sipping a cocktail and enjoying a movie on a 75-inch flat-screen TV in the building’s plush cinema room. The “bark park” is just one of the luxuries on offer at a new downtown apartment building designed to feed the city’s rental frenzy. The Livmore, a 43-storey, 595-unit building at the corner of Bay and Gerrard Sts., cost owners GWL Realty Advisors Inc. more than $200 million to develop. “The demand...

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Woolworth’s building to get a makeover

Posted in Appraisal, Communications, Development, Exterior Building, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Restoration, Retrofit

Woolworth’s building to get a makeover

Cadillac Fairview plans to restore 2 Queen St. W. to its original 1885 brick façade and add three more storeys. Cadillac Fairview has unveiled plans for a makeover of 2 Queen St. W., a project that will restore the former Woolworth building’s original 1885 brick façade and open a “gateway” from Yonge St. to the south entrance of the Eaton Centre. The Toronto-based commercial property developer said the expansion and restoration project aims to enhance retail and office space — and will add...

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

Integrated, “whole-building” energy modelling is a process in which all design options related to a building’s energy consumption and generation are simulated and mapped. It is increasingly being used in support of building energy code compliance, green building standard evaluation, and utility and government incentive programs. Recent advances in both energy modelling software and computing power have made it easier to execute what are known as parametric simulations. These types of...

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