Canada: Crumbling & cracking concrete cladding causing concern

Vancouver, British Colombia played host for a couple decades to a dramatic uprising of concrete-clad condos that permanently altered the city's skyline. Developers rushing to sell units to (oftentimes  foreign) investors and empty-nesters cut corners, leading to years of litigation followed by tougher standards and improved oversight — particularly regarding the building envelope. Despite the … Continue reading Canada: Crumbling & cracking concrete cladding causing concern

33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

California will require that all residential housing comply with zero net energy requirements beginning in 2020. My own personal conversations with many of the builders in Southern California points to a real reluctance — if not outright denial, in some cases — about meeting those goals. Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, reports that across North … Continue reading 33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

University researchers develop a more crack-resistant concrete using recycled tires

According to a press release by the University of British Columbia, researchers have developed a concrete formulation that includes recycled tires for a more resilient and sustainable building material: The researchers experimented with different proportions of recycled tire fibres and other materials used in concrete—cement, sand and water—before finding the ideal mix, which includes 0.35 … Continue reading University researchers develop a more crack-resistant concrete using recycled tires

University of Toronto experiences major Asbestos leak during renovation, fires longtime contractor

University of Toronto's 50-year-old Medical Sciences Building was undergoing major renovation when multiple leaks of asbestos fibers were discovered. According to the CBC: The vice president of university operations, Scott Mabury, told CBC Toronto the contractor, which he refused to name, is no longer continuing its asbestos removal work in the 50-year-old building and will not … Continue reading University of Toronto experiences major Asbestos leak during renovation, fires longtime contractor

Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects

Peter Kenter published an informative article at Canada's Daily Commercial News and Construction Record entitled, Legal tips for construction firms pursuing LEED: “We haven’t seen a lot of cases involving LEED-igation or sustainable building projects, but we know they’re coming,” says Danielle Stone, an associate with Blaney McMurtry LLP and a member of the firm’s … Continue reading Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects