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Rethinking details with Passive House

University of Northern British Columbia’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory will soon be the first certified Passive House higher education building in Canada – a particularly impressive feat due to the cold climate in Prince George. The facility features a wood structure and has been conceived as a modest building inspired by passive design principles and wood innovation.

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Summary of the National Construction Starts

by Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray

National Construction Starts by Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray

The February statistics produced a reading of 150 for the Dodge Index (2000=100), compared to 154 for January.  “The 152 average for the Dodge Index during the first two months of 2018 is the same as the 152 average reported for the fourth quarter of 2017, as the pace of construction starts viewed over several months seems to have leveled off,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  “What’s important to keep in mind is that the moderately subdued amount for total construction starts during the first two months of 2018 reflects diminished activity by public works and electric utilities, which given their inherent volatility are likely to bounce back over the next month or two.  Compared to last year’s fourth quarter, the first two months of 2018 have seen further increases for nonresidential building, helped by its institutional building segment, and residential building, helped by multifamily housing.  This suggests that the construction expansion, while slowing, is still in progress.”

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The Woolworth Tower Residences completes window retrofit

The iconic Woolworth Tower Residences’ top 30 floors are nearing completion after extensive renovations. Promising sweeping views of the city, each residence showcases new, historically inspired, high-performance windows and terrace doors from Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

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LMN Architects explore interactive building systems with ION2

“We have been exploring a range of network and interaction systems in the form of large prototypes as a way to understand the potential for intelligent responsive systems as part of buildings,” says Plamena Milusheva of LMN Tech Studio. “ION2 allows us to think through the possibilities of what it might mean to develop responsive building systems, such as facades, mechanical, or structural systems. Building a prototype at this scale challenges us to work through a number of potential constraints as well as engage with some of the latest technology.”

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The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

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