Ontario Seniors Deserve Better Fire Protection

Ontario Seniors Deserve Better Fire Protection

Ontario Government needs to focus on fire containment as well as sprinklers in proposed Fire Code and Building Code changes TORONTO — FEBRUARY 1, 2013 — Mandatory sprinklers in Ontario retirement homes are a big step in the right direction but seniors also need the protection of more fire-resistant building material such as concrete block. […]

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When it comes to construction, put safety first, not wood

Sound judgment and project specifications — not political agendas — should determine the building materials used in Canadian construction. TORONTO — December 7, 2012 — Canada’s National Building Code encourages the use of different materials to optimize building performance, and cities like Halifax should do the same, say several Canadian builders and engineers. Their statements […]

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Looking beyond LEED

While LEED is largely responsible for catalyzing green efforts in the building industry, many professionals recognize that responsible, sustainable construction is as much as about durability and lifespan as it is about earning LEED credits. There was a time when the term ‘LEED’ — short for ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ — was reserved almost solely […]

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Masonry can help weather severe storms

The recent tornado in Goderich and this year’s earlier devastation in Alabama strengthen the case for building with concrete block, brick and stone. TORONTO — September 20, 2011 — Hotter summers. Heavier rain. More frequent severe storms. These are the effects of climate change, and while building owners can’t directly control them, they can minimize […]

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Masonry can help combat the effects of termite

Concrete masonry and tougher building codes could help preserve your home. TORONTO — July 19, 2011 — Block, brick and stone in homes may help deter one of nature’s most destructive insects: termites. Termites cause an estimated $120 million in property damage annually in the Toronto area alone, inflicting serious structural damage to homes and […]

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Masonry association urges government to tighten building codes to improve safety

TORONTO — MARCH 4, 2011 — The national body representing Canada’s masonry industry continues to call for tougher government legislation in building codes following a near fatal incident recently in which a stray bullet penetrated several townhome walls in Calgary. A man was reportedly handling his registered handgun when it went off. The bullet shot […]

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