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Property developers call for changes to Ontario rent-control measures
Property developers in Ontario are calling for changes to rent-control measures announced by the province in April, saying they are too harsh and are already causing builders to cancel apartment construction projects.

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Construction update on Canada Games facilities in Red Deer
New facilities will leave Red Deer with new and improved recreational and cultural amenities that will increase the city’s sport hosting capabilities and benefit the overall community.

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Call for Volunteers: Immediate need for members on Codes Committees
There is an immediate need for volunteers to serve on either the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), a senior committee responsible for the development of Codes Canada publications, or on one of the CCBFC’s nine technical standing committee to replace membership vacancies for the current (2015-2020) code cycle.

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Ottawa property managers merge ahead of new provincial condo rules
Capital Concierge and Integral Property Management are merging to become Capital Integral Property Management, the two firms announced Thursday.

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JMAA architecture selected to design new senior's lodge in Innisfail
The Parkland Foundation, which is responsible for the operation and administration of Innisfail’s Autumn Glen Lodge, recently announced in a media release the provincial government chose JMAA architecture from Red Deer to be the architect for the project.

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A look at nine famous architects who didn't possess an architecture degree
You might think that a shiny architecture degree is a requirement to be a successful architect; why else would you put yourself through so many years of architecture school? Thnk again.

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Microsoft HoloLens and mixed reality are changing how architects see the world
For many projects, mixed reality has become the new design reality, used in everything from custom staircases and medical labs to sports arenas and factory remodels.


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Dalhousie-trained Architect is changing the face of Canadian homes
Omar Gandhi works by tapping into his surroundings, which, for most of the past decade, has been the backlands and streetscapes of Nova Scotia, a province of wood-frame buildings, gables, and rough-hewn siding.

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Saskatchewan construction industry pushing for prompt payment legislation
Saskatchewan’s construction industry advocate is pushing for the province to introduce legislation that would set measures around when companies get paid for completed work.

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PCL Construction Management to design and build Calgary Cancer Centre
Premier Rachel Notley announced that PCL Construction Management had been awarded the contract to design and build the $1.4-billion facility that will be located at the Foothills Medical Centre.  

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Ontario about to modernize construction laws
Ontario is modernizing provincial construction laws to address key issues and improve efficiency and competitiveness for construction businesses.

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PEI contractor offers reward for 2nd recent theft of equipment and tools
This is the second time in just 10 days that Duffy has taken to social media looking for tips about who is responsible for a theft at his construction site.

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A look at a Vancouver designer who wants to build housing from construction waste
A Vancouver designer is exploring the idea of building houses out of excess construction supplies, saving truckloads of brand-new materials from the landfill.

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A look at a new modular building system called blökalöks
blökalöks is a simple, modular system of structurally sound, fully insulated 'blöks' that interlock to create sheds, tiny homes, residential additions, and other semi-permanent or permanent structures.

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Twin towers project coming to Coal Harbour in Vancouver
Landa Global and Asia Standard Americas are proposing to rezone 1444 Alberni Street and 740 Nicola Street to allow for two residential towers (43 and 48-storeys).

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Structure grown from 'mushroom sausages' shows potential for zero-waste architecture
Vesaluoma, a student at London's Brunel University, developed a technique where the mycelium material is mixed with cardboard before being moulded into what he calls 'mushroom sausages' using a tube-shaped cotton bandage.

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Robert Wood acquitted in deadly Elliot Lake mall collapse
A discredited former engineer who declared an Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its deadly collapse five years ago was acquitted of criminal negligence on Thursday.

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Stantec to Acquire RNL Design
Global design firm Stantec will strengthen the coast-to-coast reach of its US Buildings practice while broadening its civic and commercial capabilities through the acquisition of RNL, a Denver-based, 134-person integrated architectural, interior and urban design firm.

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Engineering companies urge passage of Infrastructure Bank
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC) is urging Parliament to finalize the passage of the government’s budget bill, as passed by the House of Commons, in order to establish Canada’s Infrastructure Bank. 

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19 giant infrastructure projects that could reshape the world
As published on BusinessInsider.com, continue reading to find out more about these huge infrastructure projects around the world.

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Deere to acquire the Wirtgen Group, the global leader in road construction equipment
Headquartered in Germany, the Wirtgen Group has five premium brands across the entire road construction sector spanning milling, processing, mixing, paving, compaction and rehabilitation.

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A look at the world’s first cable-free, horizontal-vertical elevator
The elevator was invented over 160 years ago, and engineering firm ThyssenKrupp evidently thinks it’s time to shake things up a bit.

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Here is what causes construction project rework and a tool to help you fix it
In an effort to keep projects on time and on budget, the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) created a free project rework reduction tool that tracks a project’s potential rework pitfalls and provides solutions.

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A look at 2 Canadian women entrepreneurs that are bridging a gap between the construction industry and new technology

Since being paired at Next 36 in 2013, Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake have been working to change the way the construction industry shares data in cities across Canada and in the U.S.

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CaGBC honours Canada’s green building leaders at 2017 Leadership Awards
The annual Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that show outstanding leadership in the industry, and those who have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC’s mission and goals in advancing green building in Canada.

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PEI net-zero homeowner frustrated with paying HST on electricity he generates himself
Currie pays nothing to Maritime Electric for his electricity, but is still billed for the HST on every kilowatt hour used, just like any other customer.

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Will Trump's border wall produce solar generated energy?
US President Donald Trump has told supporters that his proposed wall along the border with Mexico could have solar panels fixed to it.

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Energy efficiency benchmarking: Coming to a B.C. building near you?
Media advisory: Pembina Institute hosts online forum with City of Seattle’s energy advisor, as B.C. municipalities call for action.

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Solar panels are great for the planet—but a hazard for firefighters
Modern fire and electric codes require enough space between panels for firefighters to walk and rapid shutdown systems that can quickly de-electrify panels. 

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Toronto fire department finds ‘significant’ fire code violations in short-term rentals
The owner faces 10 fire code violations relating to insufficient exits, inadequate fire detection and lack of fire separations to prevent a blaze from spreading. The charges are currently working their way through the courts.

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Safety awareness barbecue held in Lethbridge
The Canadian Home Builders Association Lethbridge Region, Lethbridge Construction Association and Lethbridge Regional Safety Committee held their third annual safety awareness barbecue on Thursday.

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B.C. contractor exposed to asbestos blows whistle
Don Garrett was invited to bid on plumbing work in Agassiz’s Kent Prison in 2008, he had no idea that such routine work would expose him to asbestos and touch off a nine-year battle.

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Call for Presenters for OAA Continuing Education Sessions
The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under the Architects Act. The association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

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RAIC responds to United States withdrawal from global climate agreement
The RAIC joins with architects around the world in supporting the American Institute of Architects’ declaration on the Paris Agreement, issued in response to the White House decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Agreement.

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ISH China & CIHE 2017 gathered a record high of 61,612 visitors
ISH China & CIHE – China International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Sanitation & Home Comfort System concluded with record-breaking results. 

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SWANA supports ISWA Scholarship Programme through fundraising & awareness
Nearly two million people worldwide, many of whom are children, live on open dumpsites in dangerous conditions, scavenging materials from trash as their livelihood. The ISWA Scholarship Programme educates and clothes children who work as waste pickers at these dumpsites, funding their education and providing support to the family.

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A look at a vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai's skyscrapers
US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed the farm to produce food for the inhabitants of China's largest city.

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How 3D printing and clever computers could revolutionize the construction industry
Powerful computers allow designers to envisage structures that squeeze more out of the compromise between utility, aesthetics and cost. And 3D printing can help turn those complicated, intricate designs into reality.

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Calgary senior says the 42-per-cent property tax hike may drive him from his home
Bob Hutchison said he was shocked when the assessment of his mid-1950s bungalow increased by 17 per cent and was then floored by the resulting hike in his monthly tax bill, which went from $284 to $402.

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Australia to strip buildings of ‘flammable’ cladding after Grenfell disaster
At least 2,700 buildings in New South Wales have aluminium composite cladding similar to that used in the north Kensington tower block where more than 70 people died



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