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Stratford glass plant on hold

Xinyi Canada’s proposal to build a $400 million float glass plant in Stratford, Ont., is on indefinite hold following delays by city council to vote on a cost-sharing agreement, CTV News Kitchener is reporting. Council claims the Ontario COVID lockdown is somehow interfering with its ability to make a decision.

Commercial construction to be restricted during Ontario lockdown

Ontario premier Doug Ford has released a list of construction projects that will be deemed essential during the emergency lockdown.

FGIA: Canadian commercial codes update

Although 2020 will likely be remembered mostly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth noting that many important activities have continued since the beginning of this year. Among these, the various standing committees responsible for a code or a section of a code in Canada, overseen by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, have met, virtually, several times since April in order to finalize the current 2020 code cycle of the National Building Code and the National Energy Building Code (NECB) for publication.

Construction alliance calls on governments to commit more funds to municipalities

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) has released a video that calls on the federal and provincial governments to take urgent action and commit more funds to municipalities so that state-of-good-repair projects can be tendered in 2021.

Glass Talk episode #18: High Exposure and Long Life – David De Rose, Synergy Partners

There’s a couple new CSA standards in town – A440.6 and S478 – and David De Rose is the man with the information on both. A440.6 is a new standard for high-exposure fenestration that covers the right way to install and seal punched windows, continuous windows and window wall above four storeys. We talk about the nifty sealant compatibility chart and maintenance appendix in the new standard. Then there’s S478, which is a durability standard that sets out a method for establishing the expected design life of a building and its components. That one is going to get more popular as more and more projects ask for life cycle analysis to meet embodied carbon standards. De Rose helped write both these standards, and he dishes on what’s in them and where they might be going in the future. » Listen now...