Building Envelope Archive

  • The Edge, the world’s most intelligent smart building, turns a traditional office environment upside down The work day may start the same as anywhere else, but the minute employees enter The Edge building in Amsterdam all bets are off. Forget everything you have ever associated […]

    Orwellian nightmare or workplace nirvana?

    The Edge, the world’s most intelligent smart building, turns a traditional office environment upside down The work day may start the same as anywhere else, but the minute employees enter The Edge building in Amsterdam all bets are off. Forget everything you have ever associated […]

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  • Highest wooden building in the world to be built in Amsterdam Beginning in 2017, construction of the tallest timber tower in the world will get underway on the banks of the Amstel River in Amsterdam. Called HAUT – drawing inspiration from haute couture or designed, […]

    Above all else

    Highest wooden building in the world to be built in Amsterdam Beginning in 2017, construction of the tallest timber tower in the world will get underway on the banks of the Amstel River in Amsterdam. Called HAUT – drawing inspiration from haute couture or designed, […]

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  •   By William Hirsch Green building is the catch phrase for the creation of houses that are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible in their design and construction. I’m old enough to remember the first Earth Day in 1970 when we called green building and sustainable design “ecology.” […]

    The straight goods on green building and energy-efficient home design

      By William Hirsch Green building is the catch phrase for the creation of houses that are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible in their design and construction. I’m old enough to remember the first Earth Day in 1970 when we called green building and sustainable design “ecology.” […]

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  • The Bjarke Ingels Group’s King Street West design melds suburban sensibilities with cityscape It’s not exactly a walk on the wild side, but standout architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has definitely stepped outside the box with its much-heralded King Street West project. Breaking with […]

    A glimpse of Toronto’s future

    The Bjarke Ingels Group’s King Street West design melds suburban sensibilities with cityscape It’s not exactly a walk on the wild side, but standout architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has definitely stepped outside the box with its much-heralded King Street West project. Breaking with […]

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  • Ottawa’s Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards poised to take its place among top entrepreneurial hubs Ingenuity and sustainable progressive thinking are talking points for Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and Waterloo’s Communitech, but now they’ve got company. Enter Ottawa’s Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards (ICBY). The […]

    On the cusp

    Ottawa’s Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards poised to take its place among top entrepreneurial hubs Ingenuity and sustainable progressive thinking are talking points for Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and Waterloo’s Communitech, but now they’ve got company. Enter Ottawa’s Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards (ICBY). The […]

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  •   Sinclair Construction takes a collaborative stance to reinforce its reputation as an industry leader Many builders talk the talk about sustainable strategies, but Sinclair Construction takes the discussion to a whole new level. An early proponent of a more sustainable approach within the residential […]

    Trendsetter in sustainability

      Sinclair Construction takes a collaborative stance to reinforce its reputation as an industry leader Many builders talk the talk about sustainable strategies, but Sinclair Construction takes the discussion to a whole new level. An early proponent of a more sustainable approach within the residential […]

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  •   Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre built to world’s strictest environmental standards By Sarah Hicks Walking through the Hollidge Tract of the York Regional Forest today it is difficult to believe that a century ago it was a treeless wasteland. Yet as recently […]

    Forest Stewardship and Education Centre wins Environmental Design Award

      Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre built to world’s strictest environmental standards By Sarah Hicks Walking through the Hollidge Tract of the York Regional Forest today it is difficult to believe that a century ago it was a treeless wasteland. Yet as recently […]

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  • Toronto’s first wood-frame condo development features character and sustainability Toronto is known as a city with a vibrant, cross-cultural population mix, but that penchant for diversity is now extending into the housing market as well. With the construction of Heartwood the Beach Condos, the traditional […]

    Heartwood the Beach

    Toronto’s first wood-frame condo development features character and sustainability Toronto is known as a city with a vibrant, cross-cultural population mix, but that penchant for diversity is now extending into the housing market as well. With the construction of Heartwood the Beach Condos, the traditional […]

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  • Owens Corning Canada and a team of 5 leading builders have partnered to build affordable net zero homes in 5 communities across Canada The future is now for net-zero housing in Canada. Owens Corning was the proponent of a national demonstration project launched by Natural […]

    Pinnacle of energy efficiency

    Owens Corning Canada and a team of 5 leading builders have partnered to build affordable net zero homes in 5 communities across Canada The future is now for net-zero housing in Canada. Owens Corning was the proponent of a national demonstration project launched by Natural […]

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  • Vertical village in Singapore turns isolation into horizontal connectivity It’s quite a crowning achievement for German architect Ole Scheeren. His project, a vertical village in Singapore named The Interlace, keeps picking up prestigious urban building awards. Earlier this year, the large-scale residential development won the […]

    Top of the world

    Vertical village in Singapore turns isolation into horizontal connectivity It’s quite a crowning achievement for German architect Ole Scheeren. His project, a vertical village in Singapore named The Interlace, keeps picking up prestigious urban building awards. Earlier this year, the large-scale residential development won the […]

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