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Unassuming industrial building in Prince George, B.C., earns record for most airtight

July 17, 2018 Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition

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Hyperloop construction awaits political support as Canadian company threatens relocation to Europe

July 4, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

A Canadian hyperloop company is threatening to relocate its headquarters to Europe unless it secures political support at home for its technology that would transport goods and passengers through tubes at airplane speeds. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the required support

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Liberals set hiring, procurement stipulations for federally funded projects

June 22, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The so-called community benefits program aims to give Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants a larger stake in Ottawa’s major infrastructure spending plan

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Consortium approved for $140M waterfront redevelopment project in Hamilton, Ont.

June 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

HAMILTON, Ont.—The City of Hamilton has approved Waterfront Shores Corporation as the preferred proponent to deliver its $140 million Pier 8 redevelopment project. The project will transform the city’s West Harbour into a 5.24-hectare community with residential, commercial and institutional

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Tall wood buildings on the rise for Canadian universities

June 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The University of Toronto has unveiled plans to construct a 14-storey wood building on its St. George campus, located in the city’s downtown. Slated for construction at the end of 2019, the tower is expected to be the tallest mass

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Construction innovation: Shedding the old paradigms

June 11, 2018 Jacob Stoller

The term “innovation” conjures up images of drones, virtual reality, state-of-the-art sensing technology and leading-edge building materials. These products, however, are only enablers—the real innovation is in the changes companies have to make to adopt them. Unlike manufacturers, contractors don’t

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Feds to put new transit, water projects through green construction test

June 4, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Trudeau Liberals have laid out the environmental test that new transit and water systems will have to go through in the hope cities and provinces choose greener construction options. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi has long talked about applying a

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CarbonCure, Airgas partner to offer CO2 concrete technology in U.S.

April 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

DARTMOUTH—Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has partnered with Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to increase adoption of its CO2 utilization technology in the Gulf Coast of the United States. CarbonCure’s solution injects CO2 sourced from refineries of industrial emitters into wet

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Waterloo office building earns Canada’s first zero carbon certification

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building – Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multitenant office building in Waterloo, Ont. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presents the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon

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UBC study looks to strengthen rammed earth construction

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Compressed soil, or rammed earth, is the focus of a study out of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. The use of soil as a construction material may offer a reduction in costs and energy consumption, according to

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Nova Scotia’s CarbonCure Technologies named finalist in $20M competition

April 10, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has been named one of ten finalists in the global $20 million NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize. Carbon Xprize challenges competitors to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products. CarbonCure’s technology converts carbon dioxide into concrete. The competition

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Quebec funds green infrastructure projects in Montreal

March 27, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Quebec government will provide $20.5 million in funding to the City of Montreal for green infrastructure projects in the Technopôle Angus green neighbourhood. This contribution will help meet the total costs of green infrastructure, estimated at nearly $40 million,

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From the editor: Hurray for the red, white… and green

March 13, 2018 Rob Blackstien

As a I dragged my butt out of bed at 2:40 in the morning last month to watch an Olympic hockey game taking place on the other side of the planet, my mind drifted… as it is wont to do

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Ontario homebuilder to construct Canada’s first net-zero office building

February 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Markham, Ont.-based Howland Green Homes announced plans to construct the first net positive (net-zero) energy office building in Canada. A net-zero building generates its own energy needs through renewable on-site or remote power generation. The Howland Green Business Centre will

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Low carbon fuel study to be conducted at Lafarge Canada cement plant

January 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A $1 million study on the environmental benefits of low carbon fuels will be conducted at a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Exshaw, Alta. The study is in partnership with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and

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EllisDon in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4M in funding for Carbon Accounting Tool

January 9, 2018 EllisDon

EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4-million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences

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2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

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Lafarge files application for industrial approval

November 29, 2017 Government of Nova Scotia

Lafarge Canada Inc. has filed an application for an industrial approval to use tires as a low-carbon fuel. The project is a one-year pilot for one of the company’s kilns in Brookfield, Colchester Co. It requires both an environmental assessment

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Bauma selects Canada as official partner country for 2019 show

November 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bauma, the world’s largest trade show for the international construction machinery, mining equipment, and building material machinery sectors, has named Canada as its official partner country for the April 2019 show. According to organizers Canada was chosen to “reflect the

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CaGBC helps kickstart Canada’s low-carbon economy with opening of Zero Carbon Building Program registration

October 31, 2017 CaGBC

OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is opening public registration for Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Program, which provides third-party verification of compliance for zero carbon design and performance. This world-class Standard positions Canada as