A recently signed liaison agreement between the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA) will greatly enhance the exportability of products evaluated by CCMC to the European market.
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IRC is heading a consortium of provincial, federal and utilities agencies formed to find new tools for reducing energy costs in atrium buildings, while at the same time, optimizing indoor environment parameters such as maximizing daylight in the atrium and its adjacent spaces, and improving acoustical performance.
There is very little dedicated road research in Canada relative to the multi-billion dollar annual expenditure that roadways require. To help address this issue, and to help create longer lasting, better quality asphalt, the University of Calgary has just created a chair in bituminous materials. The first Chair named is Dr. Ludo Zanzotto, a frequent partner and collaborator with IRC. The $5-million, five-year R&D effort is being funded jointly by Husky Oil Ltd., Novacor Chemicals Ltd., and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada with operational support from the university.
In September 1995, the Standing Committee on Energy Conservation in Buildings met and made final decisions about the content of the Energy Codes.
IRC, in collaboration with the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), is currently building a consortium that will look at ways of reinstating utility cuts, using an integrated research approach.
Accommodating innovation is one of the primary motivators for developing objective-based codes. But this raises the question: How will new acceptable solutions be recognized?
At its last meeting, the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation (CCCME) endorsed the Canadian Infrastructure Technology Assessment Centre (CITAC), and agreed to include representatives from the following groups in its membership matrix: provincial ministries of transportation, municipal infrastructure administrations and manufacturers/suppliers.
Joint CCBFC/PTCBS T/G on Implementation of a New Code Development System, Edmonton
- Climate change
- “Green” buildings
- Life-cycle performance
The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) has created a mechanism whereby it will become easier for builders to construct homes and small buildings using steel framing, thus providing greater choice for both builders and homebuyers.
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