Building Systems

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Harnessing waste heat

According to the law of conservation of energy, “energy cannot be created or destroyed”. It can, however, be wasted. In buildings, useful energy is frequently
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Radon in buildings is a major health concern

Radon in buildings is a significant health concern recognized by Health Canada and the World Health Organization. According to Health Canada, approximately 16 per cent
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Unconventional excavation digs up award

The successful completion of the excavation and shoring work of Lynn Sewage Pump Station has earned Matcon the Vancouver Regional Construction Association's 2015 Chairman's Trade Award
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Rehabilitating Canada’s aging infrastructure

Developing advanced rehabilitation techniques and optimizing service life is becoming more important now that aging infrastructure is so commonplace.
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Energy code compliance

Energy standards in North America have been around for a very long time, but the new switched receptacle control requirement is stirring up controversy.
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Boost business operations with the cloud

With technology more integral in construction operations than ever before, the cloud is a natural step for companies looking to save money, stay connected to remote sites, and improve business operations.
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Cost-effective gravel road repair

A growing number of counties, road contractors, and mining companies are discovering that linear crushers can repair a gravel road for significantly less money, while correcting the underlying subgrade problems.
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Energy benchmarking in Canada

Energy benchmarking can play a key role in the market transformation of the built environment, and soon mandatory energy disclosure will be an important tool.
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Wood roof systems offer unique opportunities

A growing number of buildings featuring aesthetically striking wood roof systems are popping up around British Columbia, and beyond.
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Improving geoexchange systems

Geoexchange and heat pump technology is long established, with the first systems developed and implemented in the 1950s. With increasing awareness, improved equipment and industry
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Thompson Rivers University building gets boost

In its original concrete construction, completed in 1970, Thompson Rivers University’s Old Main Building reflected the design philosophy of its era. As Michael Leckman, a
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Jumping on board wood-frame construction

Standing 30 metres high, the tallest all-wood modern building has now opened its doors in northern B.C. The $25 million Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George is built to LEED Gold status and an example of the viability of constructing taller buildings made of wood.
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Emerging trends in energy management

In recent years there have been significant advances in both the technologies used at home and work, and in those designed specifically to help with energy management across all types of buildings.
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Electric actuators for green automation

Electric actuators are nothing new, but their positive impact on the environment can be easily overlooked. While many individuals and companies are still opting for hydraulic or pneumatic systems, electric systems can do the same job with more green benefits.
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LEED Proven Provider designation launches

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recently introduced LEED Proven Provider, a new designation established to restructure the LEED project review process. The program, designed
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Etobicoke development breaks new ground

A new Etobicoke development has broken ground — in more ways than one. On the GO Mimico, now under construction, will be Toronto’s first high-rise
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Electrical work on B.C. fire hall sparks award

How Houle Electric won VRCA Gold for its work on CFB Esquimalt’s Base Fire Hall and Emergency Response Centre.