Category: Climate Resilience and Sustainability

Preventing Overheating

The NRC is currently conducting research to generate information for the development of guidelines to address overheating in buildings arising from extreme heat events as may occur from a changing climate.

Sustainable and resilient infrastructure in Canada

The Construction Research Centre’s Dr. Zoubir Lounis lead the development of an innovative risk-based methodology for the design and rehabilitation of infrastructure systems that ensure their resilience against multiple hazards, including extreme weather events and cumulative damage effects.

Wind performance of in-service roofs

A flexible membrane covers a large commercial roof For the past 16 years, SIGDERS (Special Interest Group for Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing Systems), an industry/NRC partnership, has developed test standards and guidelines to improve the wind performance of mechanically attached[…..]

High performance vacuum insulation panels tested in Arctic Canada

The Canadian construction industry is increasingly looking toward technologies that can improve energy efficiency in buildings and meet the requirements of the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011. Researchers at the NRC Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) are conducting[…..]

Earthquake resistance provisions in the 2010 National Building Code

The devastating earthquake that rocked Japan on March 11, 2011 generated numerous inquiries to the NRC Institute for Research in Construction Canadian Codes Centre with regard to the magnitude of earthquake that Canadian buildings are designed to withstand. There is[…..]

Protection of transportation infrastructure from fire damage

The NRC Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) is currently developing systems to assess the condition, performance and remaining service life of certain critical infrastructure, and to protect them from hazards such as earthquakes, wind, floods, and explosions. One aspect[…..]

Development of advanced bridge monitoring strategies

The NRC Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) is collaborating with Transport Canada to identify the knowledge gaps and strategic research needs in the area of structural health monitoring of bridges in order to improve their management and overall performance.[…..]

Reducing greenhouse gases in concrete production

Researchers at the NRC Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) have initiated a new project aimed at developing an environmentally friendly concrete by replacing part of the cement with alternative cementing materials. The work addresses the issue of reducing the[…..]