Construction

construction trends

Three trends set to disrupt construction in 2018

Skills shortages will force the industry to adapt to new technology and business models. Modular construction will build new momentum in 2018.
Building information

Where is all the building information modelling?

Building information modelling (BIM), as a concept, has been around for over 50 years. But despite touted advantages, adoption remains a challenge.
UBC concrete

UBC develops seismic-resistant concrete

Researchers at UBC have developed a new seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete that can dramatically enhance the earthquake resistance of structures.
cannabis legalization

Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization

Ontario’s residential construction industry is anxiously awaiting tools from the province to help it uphold its workplace health and safety obligations when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year.
CLT seismic durability earthquakes

CLT offers seismic durability against earthquakes

For Canada’s West Coast, construction of seismically durable buildings is critical and research supports CLT's durability to survive an earthquake.
new central library

Making an impressive stand

The striking New Central Library in Calgary uses structural steel to execute unique design
window wall

Why window walls are favoured for condos

The window walls commonly used to enclose condos have improved, addressing issues associated with past generations of the cladding, finds a new analysis.
UBC's Ponderosa Commons

UBC breaks down barriers with mixed-use hub

UBC is breaking down barriers with Ponderosa Commons, the first of five mixed-use residences designed to activate the commuter campus year-round.
development

Big data backs medium-density development

The development of courtyard apartments, multiplexes and town homes could be among the building blocks of better housing affordability in Ontario.
green-infrastructure

Getting green infrastructure right

Green infrastructure (GI) is an umbrella term for infrastructure that delivers benefits to urban development through the ecosystem services that natural systems, like plants and
envisioning tools

Envisioning tools get an upgrade

3D and photo-realistic envisioning tools are nothing new, but they now allow changes to be made on the fly.
carbon neutral

Evergreen targets carbon neutrality with retrofit

Evergreen is targeting carbon neutrality in the retrofit of its heritage-designated kiln building at Toronto’s Brick Works site.
housing affordability

CHBA pres to talk housing affordability with feds

Bob Finnigan, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, heads to Ottawa this week to talk to the feds about housing affordability.
technology

Construction industry not embracing tech tools

KPMG International’s annual Global Construction Survey found that despite substantial investments, the construction industry is struggling to gain the full benefits of technologies including advanced
building information modelling

Bergeron Centre a model for fully integrated BIM

The use of building information modelling to develop the Bergeron Centre at York University earned the project a Canada BIM Council award.
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Safety data will drive construction performance

Introduction As an industry, we have made great improvements in safety performance, but despite our best efforts safety in construction has largely remained behind the
commercial real estate

Top 14 stories to watch in 2017

Last year, the commercial real estate industry faced a number of diverse challenges and successes that are expected to develop throughout 2017. Here, REMI’s award-winning