Making the Cut: Is cross-laminated timber safe?

Making the Cut: Is cross-laminated timber safe?

By: Paul Hargest, President of CCMPA Last March, part of a floor under construction at Oregon State University collapsed after it became ‘de-laminated’ (unglued) at one end. It was a 4- by 20-foot panel of cross-laminated timber, or CLT. Ironically, it was part of a new building that will house the university’s College of Forestry. […]

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New Building Studies Website

New Building Studies Website

A new website “BuildingStudies.org” www.buildingstudies.org has been developed to provide information from third party studies to help educate designers, owners and developers. The studies currently provided are for initial cost, energy and feasibility of construction for a variety of structures. Over time additional studies will be made available. Visit site: www.buildingstudies.org or access via the […]

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Let’s put the block on fire

Let’s put the block on fire

In nature, fire can seem almost impossible to control, as the devastation in British Columbia this summer has reminded us. When it comes to our buildings, however, it is possible to control fire and the damage it causes — if we take the right preventive steps. Consider, for instance, a recent blazen that tore through […]

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What’s 150 years?

What’s 150 years?

By some standards, 150 years is a long time. But for Canada’s masonry producers, 150 years isn’t that long at all. Take a building like Montreal’s Saint-Sulpice Seminary. Built almost entirely of brick, block and stone, it has withstood more than 300 years of Canadian weather – and may well be around for 300 more. […]

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Official Launching of the “Bloc Levy” Program in Quebec

Effective: January 1, 2018. The association of masonry contractors is proud to announce the official launching of the Bloc Levy program in Quebec. The Permacon Group and Brampton Brick already have the invoicing procedure of $0.05/block sold underway. The other concrete block manufacturing companies Mirabel Blocks, MBM Group and TNT Group will follow in their […]

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Sharing “The Facts” through Social Media

We know you are busy. We know there is an infinite amount of information out there on construction and building materials. We know that you are challenged every day to make better design, economic, and environmental decisions when it comes to building design and construction. We want you to have easy access to The Facts […]

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Finding Fault After Fire

Finding Fault After Fire

While Fort McMurray has put the fear of fire front and centre in the minds of Canadians, the fact is that fire, both natural and man-made, wreaks havoc all the time across the country. A couple of months ago, a house fire in Calgary killed five people. A White Rock, B.C. blaze flattened an apartment […]

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