Building Envelope

GBAC

GBAC partners up with Allergy Standards

The partnership will educate ISSA members and GBAC STAR facilities and service providers on air quality.
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Deodorizing smoke- or fire-damaged wood

It's impossible to remove every smoke particle or fire byproduct, but smoke and fire-damaged wood can be cleaned to a point where any odour is undetectable.
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Existing asbestos stockpile raises concerns

Although Canada is finally banning asbestos-containing products for good by 2018, the government hasn’t yet clarified issues related to existing asbestos.
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Utility savings fund Saskatoon hospital upgrades

After completing significant hospital upgrades last year, Royal University Hospital is now doubling the expected savings from energy improvements.
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Reducing maintenance costs with energy efficiency

Simple energy efficient measures in a facility can significantly lower costs related to maintenance and operations.
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Facilities slack in averting bird collisions

Preventing avian collisions in urban settings may not be a maintenance priority, but municipal bird-friendly standards are only going to get tougher.
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TDSB faces $3.4-billion renewal needs backlog

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has offered a window into its renewal needs backlog by releasing facilities data for each of its school buildings.