Building Materials

toxic chemicals

Canadian Facility Management & Design

What toxic chemicals are lurking in our buildings?

In the age of COVID, it's also important to consider how chemical exposures influence our ability to fight disease.

Design Quarterly

Green experts issue antimicrobial use warning

Green building organizations, architects, and scientists warn that building materials with added antimicrobials have no proven health benefit.
building durability

Canadian Property Management

How Durable is Your Building?

Bryan Colvin of RJC Engineers walks us through the pros and cons of four common material to assess building durability.
aggregate recycling

REMI Network

Many cities are aggregate recycling laggards

Despite the many benefits of aggregate recycling, millions of tonnes of asphalt and concrete are dumped into landfill sites in Ontario.

Design Quarterly

Carbon tool launched for building materials

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool is a first that allows the building industry to analyze embodied carbon emissions of materials.
wool insulation

REMI Network

Sheep’s wool insulation seen as sustainable option

Wool insulation, made from the remnants of sheering sheep, is increasingly finding its way into commercial and residential buildings.
Shigeru Ban

REMI Network

Vancouver building to be Shigeru Ban’s tallest

Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban is planning to design his tallest structure ever for Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighbourhood.

Design Quarterly

Impact of building materials on human health

The impact of the built environment on human health and wellness is becoming a more important topic in the industry. As the buildings industry attempts

Building Strategies & Sustainability

How EPDs factor into building standards

CSA Group’s Rick Lacoboni explains the purpose of EPDs and how they come into play in various building standards.

Building Strategies & Sustainability

The benefits of engineered wood

Peter Moonen of the Canadian Wood Council explains how engineered wood products can enhance the performance of a building.
Glass Buildings

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Creating high-performance curtain walls

Curtain walls performance can be increased by evaluating the system as a whole, rather than looking at the performance of each component.

Canadian Property Management

‘Nutrition labelling’ for building products

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) open standard was developed to provide support for evaluating products ...

Design Quarterly

Health advocacy

A collective effort is underway to develop a Health Product Declaration, which is aimed at creating a consistent format for reporting product content ...

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Green from the outside-in

There has been an incredible explosion of products and services available to those looking to create environmentally advanced buildings. Here is an update on innovative green products for the building exterior.

Construction Business

Optimizing performance – Extending the service life of concrete structures

Many people think of concrete as a durable, long-lasting material; however, the past 40 years has shown it might be otherwise.

Canadian Property Management

From rocky relations to common ground

A new voluntary standard, SERA, will enable developers of green projects to specify certified aggregates and/or help them to identify ...