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Glazed Over

Posted on April 17, 2012
Written by Steve Kemp

Changes to Ontario’s building code could mean fewer glass buildings in city skylines.

Significant changes to the 2006 Ontario Building Code (OBC) will likely greatly reduce the number of glass-walled towers being constructed in Ontario cities—and not a moment too soon, say energy and design professionals. The updated OBC generally follows the building standard outlined in ASHRAE [...]

Can New Rating System Improve U.S. Infrastructure's Failing Grade?

Posted on April 12, 2012

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in collaboration with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) have launched a  new infrastructure rating system designed to help policy makers evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure [...]

The Best Medicine

Posted on March 26, 2012
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EDC helps Canadian companies export their valuable healthcare expertise.

“I consider to be a building under attack by itself,” says Anton Davies, VP of Guelph, Ontario-based RWDI. The engineering consulting firm specializes in the effect of wind and other environmental factors (such as sun, noise, vibrations and airborne contaminants) on large builds such as hospitals [...]

Breaking New Ground

Posted on February 28, 2012

The First Nations community of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek is taking the redevelopment of millions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure into its own hands.

As we pulled into the celebration, Jordan Hatton said, “This is Lake Nipigon—not many people get to see it.” That may change as the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA) community makes grand plans for its former home and current provincial park. Chief Paul Gladu (right) stands with his son, BNA’s [...]

Leading the Charge

Posted on February 28, 2012

ReNew Canada, in partnership with Nissan Canada, brought government and industry together to discuss how to create a strategy and business model in time for widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Michael Nemat is a self-described “tech geek” who can’t resist innovation. When he realized he could get an $8,200 rebate on a new electric car from the provincial government, “that sealed the deal,” says the Ottawa resident. He got his car a few months after applying for the rebate, and was [...]

Socializing

Posted on February 15, 2012

Calculating the economic value of a museum or sports venue is harder than a bridge or power plant. Does that make these projects any less important?

  At $195 million, the Vancouver City Centre Transmission Project wasn’t big enough to make this year’s Top 100. The project, which includes a new Vancouver substation and new underground transmission line, is the largest investment that BC Hydro has made in Vancouver in 30 years. It’s [...]

The Top 100 Projects of 2012

Posted on January 2, 2012

  This year’s Top 100 list has the biggest-ever total: $114.2 billion in infrastructure projects. This isn’t all new investment—it includes 71 projects that were on last year’s Top 100. A project remains on this list until it is completed, which means some will continue to rank for a few years [...]

Cost and Effect: Ontario's Nuclear Future

Posted on November 17, 2011

SNC-Lavalin’s June 2011 acquisition of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has the company poised to become the primary supplier of nuclear reactor technology in Canada. Patrick Lamarre, executive VP of SNC-Lavalin, was espousing the benefits of CANDU technology at a recent address to the Oshawa [...]

Networking

Posted on October 1, 2011

How do we move from stand-alone transportation projects to integrated systems? Connecting all transit modes means first connecting industry leaders. So, in partnership with Arup and Thales Canada, we invited those leaders for a candid roundtable discussion.

In the space of 90 minutes, Gordon Chong said a lot of things that can’t be printed. These sessions are always in camera and, as such, participants have the opportunity to speak off the record. One thing he would say openly: “Sometimes it’s good to have things stirred up.” Chong was arguably [...]

Flying Solo?

Posted on September 29, 2011
Written by Susanne Ruder

Local airport owners rally for federal funding.

Since the mid 1990s, many owners of small and regional Canadian airports have been struggling to maintain the viability of their airport’s finances and physical infrastructure. Although local airports are a valuable link in Canada’s transportation network, many community leaders say the federal government [...]
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