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All-wood BC building one of world’s tallest

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It is unusual to hear an architect speak in philosophical, even poetic language, not about his work per se, but about the material he uses to build it. Vancouver architect Michael Green has become a sort of apostle of the gospel of wood, touting its many benefits as the ideal construction material for today’s climate-changing world. Fittingly, his latest triumph is the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The just-opened WIDC, designed by Green, has the honour of being among the world’s tallest all-wood structures at 29.5 metres. The eight-storey structure (including penthouse) is constructed entirely of engineered wood: cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glued laminated ... Read More »

Builders make strong showing for Canada in green economy study

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Canada has got itself into a bit of a quandary where the green economy is concerned. In order for any country to transition to a green economy, there must be significant private and public investment. That investment won’t happen unless national leadership promotes the value of the transition in the first place. In Canada, it turns out, the green economy is “quite strong” in terms of overall performance, but “near the bottom” when measured for Leadership and Climate Change. This is the finding of the fourth edition of the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI), published by the US consultancy Dual Citizen. The study finds that Canada’s head of state, media ... Read More »

Ontario moves closer to issuing first green bonds for transit

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Almost one year ago, the Ontario government announced that it would issue the country’s first green bonds to help fund public transit in Toronto. Now, the interruption of a general election well behind it, the government is moving ahead with the plan, having filed a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The supplement outlines the types of projects that will be included, though no date has yet been named when the public will be able to buy the bonds. The project selected to receive funding from the first issue is the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. This first issue is expected to be $500 million. What are green bonds? The ... Read More »

Green buildings really are more profitable: report

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Have you ever complained that the air-conditioning at the office made it too cold for you to work comfortably? Have you ever been driven to distraction, literally, by noisy construction workers outside your building? Have you ever wished you had a window in your office, or even some natural light rather than the ubiquitous fluorescent lighting? Do you sometimes experience a generalized kind of ill-feeling by the end of the work day and wonder if it might be because of the stale air you have to breathe all day long? Almost anyone who’s ever worked in an office has experienced some or all of these symptoms, and more. Often, problems like ... Read More »

Ontario wood industry welcomes new six-storey height limit

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Starting on January 1, 2015, it will be legal in Ontario to construct wood-frame buildings up to six storeys high. The previous height limit for wood frame construction was four storeys. Building code changes will give builders more flexibility in choosing their building materials, while setting the highest fire safety requirements in Canada, the government says. A private member’s bill introduced at Queen’s Park in 2012 by the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, has passed and will become law on January 1. Politicians and spokespersons for the wood and forestry industry are expressing their delight at the news. Politicians have been ... Read More »

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