Uncategorized – A+Dwire https://adwire.ca Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:27:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.12 Unique Sliding Door Systems https://adwire.ca/unique-sliding-door-systems/ https://adwire.ca/unique-sliding-door-systems/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:18:20 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3830 Unique-SD-Systems---Banner-(800X460)Sugatsune has got multiple systems for unique door applications.]]> Unique-SD-Systems---Banner-(800X460)

Unique Sliding Door Systems

Sugatsune combines design and functionality in unique sliding door systems to suit your application needs. With multiple unique solutions that vary from supporting a door weight up to 660 lbs to flush sliding door systems, we have a sliding door system for you!

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Designed to close flush with its surrounding walls, this sliding door system provides a clean look. The unique movement features a two way damper to avoid slamming at opening and closing. With 100,000 open and close cycles tests, the MFU1200 has an excellent performance. Additionally, tt is reliable and fully adjustable. Door weight capacity:

  • MFU1200-40: Up to 88 lbs
  • MFU1200-70: Up to 154 lbs

Max. recommended door height: 106-5/16″


This self-closing door system does not require electricity and is equipped with a damper that allows for a smooth and soft closing, which eliminates the door from slamming shut. A door catch is included to hold the door in a fully opened position.

Door weight capacity: From 66 to 176 lbs

*Model LM-80G is available for glass doors with upper aluminum fascia included.

These heavy duty systems have a quiet and precise movement, due to their double rollers with ball bearing. Short brackets are available to offer a wall mount installation of the upper track (barn door style). Surface or recessed mount door brackets are available in each set to screw fix or router into the door, as preferred. 

Door weight capacity: Up to 275 lbs
Min door width: 19-11/16″

Door weight capacity: Up to 660 lbs
Min door with: 23-5/8″

LIN-X Series

The LIN-X series is a lateral door system that allows for a minimal opening radius at the front of the door. 

For more information regarding the LIN-X series, please read our full campaign on the system here.


These synchronized bi-parting systems have a quiet and precise movement, due to their double ball-bearing rollers. Aluminum fascia or wall mount brackets are available for surface mounting.

Weight capacity: Up to 176 lbs (per door)
Door width: 

  • For 88 lbs door: Min. 28-1/8″ – Max. 59-1/16″
  • For 176 lbs door: Min. 36″ – Max. 59-1/16″
Door weight capacity: Up to 275 lbs
Door with: Min. 23-5/8″ – Max. 47-1/4″

Door Straighteners

Door straighteners prevent doors from bending or fixed warped doors caused by heat and humidity. Sugatsune offers 3 types of door straighteners:

  • Concealed straighteners
  • Recessed straighteners
  • “Retrofit’ straighteners

Concealed and recessed straighteners do not have to travel the whole length of a sliding door, only the top 2/3. A “Retrofit” straightener should travel along the whole length of the door and be used in pairs.



Recessed straighteners are to be mounted onto the face of a door, and can be easily adjusted from either the top edge or the back face of the door.




Concealed straighteners are mounted into the door at the time of manufacturing, under the laminate and can be adjusted from the top edge of the door. 



Retrofit straighteners are installed post-production, on the back of an existing door and can be adjusted from the top edge of the door.


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Decarbonizing the building sector with natural gas in British Columbia https://adwire.ca/decarbonizing-the-building-sector-with-natural-gas-in-british-columbia/ https://adwire.ca/decarbonizing-the-building-sector-with-natural-gas-in-british-columbia/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:13:17 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3886 21-110.19_RNG_static_Infographics_CanArchtct_PressRenewable gases offer the chance for an economic avenue towards a lower carbon future]]> 21-110.19_RNG_static_Infographics_CanArchtct_Press

By Jason Wolfe, Director, Energy Solutions at FortisBC

Like many industries, British Columbia (B.C.) builders and developers are under pressure to reduce emissions. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from FortisBC is a drop in fuel that can meet building greenhouse gas reduction targets and builders do not have to change any of their equipment or processes to take advantage of RNG and lower emissions. According to B.C.’s provincial government, approximately 10 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the province come from homes and buildings.[1] While there is no silver bullet when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there are various ways to tackle the problem. FortisBC, a leading energy solutions provider in British Columbia, has been advocating for a diversified pathway which uses existing infrastructure to carry renewable energy, like RNG.

Different jurisdictions will have varying approaches based on their own individual circumstances and B.C. is in a unique situation. The province has a wealth of hydroelectric resources that provide clean electricity coupled with a world class reserve of natural gas in the province’s northeast. What is perhaps most remarkable, is the abundant renewable gas supply that is available in B.C.

Renewable energy solutions

Renewable Natural Gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. By capturing and processing it for use, we are able to displace conventional natural gas that is currently underground and instead use the carbon energy that is already in our ecosystem. So while RNG shares the same properties as conventional natural gas when burned, it is carbon neutral over its lifecycle and adds no additional greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The full lifecycle of RNG makes it a carbon neutral fuel. In fact, Offsetters has designated FortisBC’s RNG as carbon neutral.

FortisBC works with builders, developers and industry professionals to understand their needs while working to reach provincial government emissions targets. Using RNG can help buildings meet strict provincial government emissions targets. And while reducing emissions is top of mind, what is and should be equally as important is energy affordability. Renewable Natural Gas is more cost effective than electricity and, it being carbon neutral, is not subject to B.C.’s carbon tax. It provides buildings an affordable and environmentally conscious energy choice. Builders and developers can meet action goals using FortisBC’s suite of lower carbon and renewable energy solutions, particularly by using RNG in their builds. It’s an easy solution, because they can continue to use conventional appliances and avoid having to choose specialized equipment.

Increasing supply to meet growing demand

FortisBC is working to bring on new sources of RNG supply. More than 10,000 British Columbian homes and businesses are receiving RNG and supply and demand is steadily growing. By 2025, we expect to have enough RNG to supply 267,000 homes.

To increase supply more quickly, FortisBC has signed out-of-province supply agreements that will bring in RNG from Alberta, Ontario and the United States, promoting the growth of the North American renewable gas market and providing access to new sources of RNG beyond provincial borders.

We’re also exploring the potential of other renewable gases as we seek to increase the amount of renewable energy carried by our gas infrastructure. Hydrogen, for example, could be a staple in our renewable gas portfolio. FortisBC is currently working with the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus to study how to safely integrate hydrogen into the natural gas system. Displacing conventional natural gas with renewable gas is also critical in having 15 per cent of our gas supply be renewable and carbon neutral by 2030, a target that FortisBC is working towards.

Clean energy future

It may be reassuring to know that a clean energy future does not have to be an either/or scenario. It is possible to provide energy options that could provide a gateway to current and future sustainable energy solutions. Renewable gases can enable buildings in the future to have access to affordable and reliable energy while meeting the strict greenhouse gas emissions intensity targets being brought forward by B.C.’s government. This means builders and developers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions effectively and affordably while still providing customers with choice.

So, it is with these key considerations in mind that builders and developers should consider building with natural gas as a good solution for meeting B.C’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets laid out in the Province’s CleanBC plan. In fact, it can be a desirable choice for the end-user so they can take advantage of lifestyle appliances such as natural gas fire pits or natural gas barbeques.

Learn more about Renewable Natural Gas in B.C

[1] https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/data/provincial-inventory

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Places of Production: Forest and Factory https://adwire.ca/places-of-production-forest-and-factory/ https://adwire.ca/places-of-production-forest-and-factory/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:19:41 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3865 UofT promo Sept 16 2021“Places of Production: Forest and Factory” is a new publication from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Council and the WoodSMART Program.]]> UofT promo Sept 16 2021

UofT promo Sept 16 2021

Working with Element5 and using their factory expansion plans as impetus, students reimagined the traditionally insular factory building and explored how it could be combined with new and innovative programs to ensure a vital future for places of production in the life of local communities.

How to future-proof the factory and ensure that it could have many lives and future uses was an ongoing discussion throughout the studio.

The studio provided an opportunity for Daniels students to explore the critical and relatively untapped relationship between forestry and design. “The forest and the factory are both examples of constructed nature that speak to our contemporary attitudes towards nature and production. Each studio group provided an integrated design response to the studio brief, considering the role of the landscape and built form to develop a bold design solution that explored the role of forestry and design simultaneously,” share Wright and Shim in their introduction.

The publication –– available for free through the Canadian Wood Council’s WoodSMART program website –– provides a platform for further knowledge with accompanying essays from academic and industry experts, as well as the output of the student’s collaborative semester-long research.

“’Places of Production: Forest to Factory’ presents a valuable opportunity to engage the future architects of our built environment,” said Kevin McKinley, President and CEO of the Canadian Wood Council, in his introduction to the publication. “The studio challenged students to harness the strength and sustainability of wood to reimagine what a factory could be in a low-carbon future. The five schemes developed in it exemplify CWC’s vision to be a passionate champion of wood construction for an advanced and sustainable wood culture. We applaud the incredible efforts of the studio and encourage these emerging and innovative designers to be our future voices and advocates of wood construction across Canada, and around the world.”

To download Places of Production: Forest and Factory visit:

See additional information at:

A Modern Wood Design Education

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The Office Of The Future: Re-imagining Workplace Design With Glass Walls https://adwire.ca/the-office-of-the-future-re-imagining-workplace-design-with-glass-walls/ https://adwire.ca/the-office-of-the-future-re-imagining-workplace-design-with-glass-walls/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:15:06 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3877 new office - 900Re-thinking The Workplace For The Future What do you imagine the future of the office to look like? Fully ergonomic workspaces? Switching up the typical 9-5 workday to include more breaks or increased levels of flexibility? More remote positions and less time in the office? The integration of advanced technologies such as AI and 5G […]]]> new office - 900

Re-thinking The Workplace For The Future

What do you imagine the future of the office to look like? Fully ergonomic workspaces? Switching up the typical 9-5 workday to include more breaks or increased levels of flexibility? More remote positions and less time in the office? The integration of advanced technologies such as AI and 5G networks? The possibilities seem endless when it comes to re-imagining the office of today.

Traditionally, offices were designed more for functionality rather than how they can work for employees. Today, this idea has changed. The model of working under supervisors in a controlled environment has transformed into collaborative work styles within purposeful spaces. Intentional thought is put into designing spaces where employees can thrive through collaboration and engagement with one another. It is commonly known today that employees are more productive, and that creative and innovative ideas can come to fruition more seamlessly within this type of environment.

The office of the future however, is simply not a concept that only consists of how we imagine offices to look like in the years ahead. The office of the future however is an ongoing process of transition and innovation that dives into how offices have been running in the past and present, in addition to how we can effectively maximize yet maintain balance in the workplace. Health, safety and wellbeing are important considerations that are being taken into account within spaces, policies and planning.

As it has become a long-term goal for organizations to revamp their environments and revolutionize their operations for a new future, organizations must move forward with re-thinking their office spaces and designing them to accommodate a modern way of working. Before implementing new policies however, the design of workplaces must be in a suitable condition that compliments this new way of working.

The design of new-age workplaces is the key to creating an evolving office experience that boosts employee morale, reduces stress, heightens productivity and encourages teamwork. One of the best design solutions that can be implemented amongst all offices of the future is the integration of glass wall systems.

Glass wall systems offer a comprehensive single solution to many of the needs that office space planning requires. Glass walls provide high performance for sound control when required for meeting rooms and single offices, maintaining an open environment, creating an inviting atmosphere that encourages transparency and collaboration. Glass walls make the perfect starting point or end off to completing an office of the future that will stand the test of time, keeping the spaces organized and safely distanced.

Glass Walls Re-Shaping The Workplace For The Future

So how exactly can glass walls elevate office design but also assist in workplace processes? The sheer flexibility that glass walls offer can suit a number of needs that the offices of the future require.

“Flat” Work Styles

“Flat” work styles have become more popular, involving multiple people sitting at a single table at a safe distance, typically within meeting rooms and interactive group spaces. This style allows for more socialization and interaction between supervisors and employees, but can be difficult to keep organized, especially when an office incorporates a number of “flat” workspaces. Installing glass walls and glass door systems around these spaces is an effective way of keeping offices and “flat” workspaces organized and open. Glass walls provide both a functional and a natural ambiance, as they allow for sufficient separation and privacy between offices while also maintaining an “open concept,” interactive space due to their transparency. Glass walls also allow for improved lighting throughout the workplace and “flat” work spaces, providing an open and airy feel that directly improves the wellbeing of employees.

Collaborative Work Styles 

Complementing the “flat” work style, working collaboratively benefits both employees and organizations as innovative and creative ideas are more likely to be produced when teams can resolve a challenge together. While this style of work is effective, there are limitations as it is necessary to keep safe distancing measures in place, placing the health of each employee first. Glass walls surrounding collaborative spaces provide a much-needed solution to this issue as they keep spaces open for a cooperative environment while ensuring health and safety protocols are kept intact. Glass walls provide clarity and allow supervisors to determine how many people can safely coexist within a particular space; room occupancy challenges will become much more easily managed with the implementation of glass wall systems. The transparency and durability that glass walls provide are an absolute essential to keeping up a successful collaborative environment as they ensure team members are able to interact and exchange ideas freely, while maintaining safe distancing as needed.

Open Office Environments

As mentioned prior, open office environments are extremely important as open offices facilitate more conversation between co-workers, supervisors can interact more easily with their employees, and are typically more dynamic as they offer more space and lighting. Glass walls keep spaces comfortable and invigorating in these ways as they integrate each part of the office together in unison.

There is no better time than now to implement these changes and create your office of the future. PC350 architectural solutions is North America’s premier provider of glass wall partitions that are functional, adapt easily for a variety of glass types and thicknesses, offer high acoustical performance and are aesthetically pleasing.

If you have a project in mind or are looking for more information connect with us at hello@pc350.com or visit our website https://pc350.com.

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Special Edition: 2021 RAIC Gold Medal—Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe https://adwire.ca/special-edition-2021-raic-gold-medal-brigitte-shim-and-howard-sutcliffe/ https://adwire.ca/special-edition-2021-raic-gold-medal-brigitte-shim-and-howard-sutcliffe/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 22:20:20 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3842 I first met Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe on a tour of Integral House, considered by many to be one of their masterworks. The tour was not about self-promotion: it was a fundraiser, organized in support of a young landscape-architect-turned-filmmaker, who was creating a documentary on Integral House and its owner, James Stewart. In retrospect, […]]]>

I first met Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe on a tour of Integral House, considered by many to be one of their masterworks. The tour was not about self-promotion: it was a fundraiser, organized in support of a young landscape-architect-turned-filmmaker, who was creating a documentary on Integral House and its owner, James Stewart. In retrospect, I have no doubt that Brigitte and Howard were behind organizing the event, as well as ensuring it would strike the right tone: creating a special opportunity to visit the house, helping the next generation, and perhaps even raising the spirits of Stewart, who loved a good party—and who, unbeknownst to the guests that evening, was ailing from cancer.

Brigitte and Howard are first and foremost architects of a calibre rarely seen in the world, let alone in Canada. Going beyond this, they are tremendous advocates for architecture and for young architects, working behind the scenes in everything from advancing inclusive housing policies in Toronto to orchestrating public seminars for BEAT and the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. All these activities share a common thread: the pursuit of excellence in architecture, in all of its facets. In everything that they do, Brigitte and Howard exhibit a deep respect for the people they work with, from builders to photographers, including those in generations that both precede and follow theirs.

It’s a great honour and privilege to present this special issue of Canadian Architect, dedicated to the work of RAIC Gold Medalists Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe. The issue is bookended by two essays. To open, cultural theorist Elke Krasny analyzes Shim-Sutcliffe’s oeuvre through the context of today’s globalized economic and cultural conditions. And to close, Kenneth Frampton shares remarks on climate, place and craft in the work of Shim-Sutcliffe.

Shim-Sutcliffe’s work has been recognized by fifteen Governor General’s Medal and Awards, which we present in our pages as a snapshot of the firm’s work. The projects that have been honoured with Governor General’s Medals are varied in scale and budget, reflecting Brigitte and Howard’s interest in a large range of project types and their experiments with construction.

Brigitte and Howard see architecture as a collaborative endeavour. Making a building is a complex task that involves the contributions and support of clients, builders, fabricators, engineers, staff, and students—as well as the sometimes invisible scaffold of colleagues and mentors. We have gathered the voices of some of those who have worked with Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, and who have been touched by their work.

Brigitte Shim has also committed to mentorship of the next generation of architects. In an interview with Daniels Faculty colleague Robert Wright, she reflects on her three decades of teaching.

Canadian architecture benefits immensely from Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, and from their work.

Elsa Lam, Editor

RAIC Gold Medal 2021: Digital Edition


Architecture of Insistence—Crafting Place, Building Material Legacies

Cultural theorist Elke Krasny analyzes the ways in which Shim-Sutcliffe has achieved an oeuvre, through the context of today’s globalized economic and cultural conditions.


Governor General’s Medals and Awards Received by Shim-Sutcliffe, 1992-2020

Shim-Sutcliffe presents a retrospective of their fifteen projects premiated by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts’ Governor General’s Medals programme.


A Work in Progress

Here are the voices of some of those who have worked with Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, and who have been touched by their work.


Teaching and Pedagogy

On the occasion of Brigitte Shim winning the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal 2021 with her partner, A. Howard Sutcliffe, Professor Shim reflected on her three-decade-long commitment to teaching with her Daniels Faculty colleague, Professor Robert Wright.


Climate, Place and Craft

In November 2020, Brigitte Shim presented the work of Shim-Sutcliffe as part of the Angan Lecture Series at the School of Architecture and Design, Brac University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The online lecture was followed by responses from Kenneth Frampton and Marina Tabassum. Here are some of Kenneth Frampton’s remarks.

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Atlantic Wood Design Award Submission https://adwire.ca/atlantic-wood-design-award-submission/ https://adwire.ca/atlantic-wood-design-award-submission/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:37:40 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3822 atlantic wood - feature for siteThe Atlantic Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards Event recognizes excellence in wood construction and design and honor the people and organizations that showcase and promote the use of wood in our region. A jury of experts will review the nominations and choose the winners based on several factors including: Creativity; distinctive use of wood materials (with emphasis […]]]> atlantic wood - feature for site

The Atlantic Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards Event recognizes excellence in wood construction and design and honor the people and organizations that showcase and promote the use of wood in our region.

A jury of experts will review the nominations and choose the winners based on several factors including: Creativity; distinctive use of wood materials (with emphasis on regionally produced materials); ability to satisfy client and site requirements; innovation and overall aesthetics.

Why Submit a Project?

Winners receive the following:

  • A commemorative award
  • Winning projects will be published in a hard cover North American Wood Design Awards book
  • Extensive media exposure

There is no fee to attend the awards banquet or to nominate/submit a project.

Jury Criteria

View here: 2022 Wood Design Awards Jury Criteria

Submission Process

There is NO COST associated with a submission or nomination.  You may submit each project in up to Three (3) categories. There is no limit to the number of projects you can submit. Pictures need only to be submitted once.

Place your submission here

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Attend the 2021 Green Building Festival on October 5, Virtually from Anywhere! https://adwire.ca/attend-the-2021-green-building-festival-on-october-5-virtually-from-anywhere/ https://adwire.ca/attend-the-2021-green-building-festival-on-october-5-virtually-from-anywhere/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 20:33:31 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3812 gbf21 - 855Sustainability, regeneration and resilience have given the building community many ways to think about and react to the longer wave of climate change. But if climate change is like a tumultuous tide, COVID-19 is like a quick, fierce tsunami. It foreshadows the acceleration of change that we will be facing and reminds us: we need […]]]> gbf21 - 855

Sustainability, regeneration and resilience have given the building community many ways to think about and react to the longer wave of climate change.

But if climate change is like a tumultuous tide, COVID-19 is like a quick, fierce tsunami. It foreshadows the acceleration of change that we will be facing and reminds us: we need to prepare for shock profiles both rapid and sustained.

At the 2021 Green Building Festival, programming will explore intersectional designs and solutions to shockproof your project at all scales.

Get excited! Watch our 30 second teaser of what to expect this year.

Learn More & Purchase Your Virtual #GBF21 Ticket at www.gbf21.com

Earn Continuing Education Hours from Industry Partners

Attend the virtual Festival and generate 5.5 hours of continuing education units for industry associations and partners.

A $50 Digital Pass can earn 5.5 hours of CEU’s. That’s incredible value!

We hope to ‘see’ you on October 5th! Secure your digital pass here.

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Why the 2021 Wildfires Underscore the Importance of Home Air Purification Systems https://adwire.ca/why-the-2021-wildfires-underscore-the-importance-of-home-air-purification-systems/ https://adwire.ca/why-the-2021-wildfires-underscore-the-importance-of-home-air-purification-systems/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 18:21:42 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3803 While the presence of wildfires during the summer months in Canada is nothing new, the growing scope of these environmental events is a cause of concern for many. Though these wildfires affect Canadians in a variety of ways, one of the primary discussion points in the summer of 2021 has been how wildfires affect air quality, both outdoors and indoors. […]]]>

While the presence of wildfires during the summer months in Canada is nothing new, the growing scope of these environmental events is a cause of concern for many. Though these wildfires affect Canadians in a variety of ways, one of the primary discussion points in the summer of 2021 has been how wildfires affect air quality, both outdoors and indoors.

The topic of indoor air quality is certainly nothing new, particularly as COVID-related concerns have made us all far more conscious of the air we breathe indoors. Considering how wildfire-related air quality concerns will be top-of-mind for many Canadians going forward, it’s important for builders to be aware of forecasts that can impact their builds such as increased consumer demand for indoor air quality equipment. Keep reading to learn more about the implications of forest fires in Canada and the importance of indoor air quality equipment in light of this.

What Conditions Canada Has Experienced So Far This Fire Season

During the summer of 2021, Canadian forest fires came earlier and blazed with more intensity than years past. On July 20th, B.C. declared a provincial state of emergency due to the fires, and they continue to spread in the Yukon, Manitoba and Ontario. As of August 4th in Canada this year, there have been 5,407 uncontrolled forest fires in 2021 which is higher than the 10-year average (4,136). Amidst a changing climate, it is expected that Canada will continue to face record-breaking temperatures, stronger forest fires and prolonged periods of smoke exposure.

Defending the Home Against Smoke and Other Particulate Matter

The long-term health effects of extended smoke exposure are still being researched, but it has been tied to uncomfortable, irritating, short-term symptoms. Because smoke and other harmful particulate matter can travel on air currents and infiltrate the home quite easily, it’s important to add another layer of defence. Health Canada recommends properly sealing windows and doors, setting one’s HVAC system to recirculate air and installing a high-quality air filter, among other measures.

What Can Home Builders Take Away from This? How can

Reliance™ Help?

With a growing focus across Canada on climate change, extreme weather, and personal health; indoor air quality cannot be ignored. Builders and contracts managers can address this and future-proof their projects by including air purification systems in their new builds. Indoor air quality equipment can work as an added line of defence against unwanted air contaminants; home air purification systems such as Whole-Home HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters can help circulate cleaner, fresher air in indoor spaces, helping homeowners breathe easier — both figuratively and literally.

The Reliance Builder Program provides builders and contracts managers with the home comfort equipment solutions they need for residential developments, big or small. In addition to helping them save thousands on capital costs, secure expert installation*, and reduce risk, it’s a partnership that can help builders future-proof their new builds and provide the home comfort equipment that home buyers care about — including air purification systems. Reliance offers a wide range of indoor air quality equipment that help make indoor environments more comfortable, including:

  • The Novaerus Protect 200 & The Novaerus Protect 900: Novaerus products use plasma coil technology that works to kill and deactivate airborne viruses and contaminants at the molecular level. They reduce airborne concentrations of bacteria, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants as well.

  • HRV & ERV: An HRV or ERV can supply clean, fresh air and recover energy from the exhaust air. Plus, ERV can provide better humidity level management that helps with improving indoor air quality.
  • HEPA Filters: A Whole-Home HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter can help filter airborne particulates that travel through your heating and cooling system. HEPA can work to remove particulate matter above .300 microns.

  • UV Light Systems: UV lights mount over your central air coil and use ultraviolet light technology which could help to prevent mould and bacteria from multiplying on your coil.

Click here to learn more about the Reliance Builder Program and to get in contact with one of our representatives today!

Rental benefits including service response time, included repair and replacement costs and buyback are subject to rental program terms and conditions.

*Mechanical equipment installation, available in select regions only. Smart Home equipment will be installed by a Reliance Smart Home Technician. Speak with a Key Account Manager to learn more about installation services and process.

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Tour the Masonic Halls of Edmonton https://adwire.ca/tour-the-masonic-halls-of-edmonton/ https://adwire.ca/tour-the-masonic-halls-of-edmonton/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 17:15:30 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3784 Bro. Darrel Babuk of Boreas Architecture guides us on virtual tours of the Masonic Halls of Edmonton]]>

Masonic buildings contribute to the architectural and historical character of the cities, towns, and communities in which they are located. This is true of Square & Compass’ home-base: the beautiful Windsor Masonic Temple (which this year celebrates its centennial).

This is also true of the Masonic Halls of Edmonton (Alberta).

Bro. Darrel Babuk of Boreas Architecture kindly takes Square & Compass on a virtual tour of these halls in this video, entitled (appropriately): “Masonic Halls of Edmonton.”

Square & Compass is documenting Masonic Buildings throughout the world, and Bro. Babuk’s video has contributed greatly to this documentation.

You can also find the audio version of the virtual tour on Audea. You can learn more about Square & Compass Promotions on YouTube. You can learn more about Bro. Darrel Babuk at Boreas Architecture.

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CASE STUDY: Biophilic design meets acoustical performance to support learning at a Chicago area elementary school https://adwire.ca/case-study-biophilic-design-meets-acoustical-performance-to-support-learning-at-a-chicago-area-elementary-school/ https://adwire.ca/case-study-biophilic-design-meets-acoustical-performance-to-support-learning-at-a-chicago-area-elementary-school/#respond Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:41:36 +0000 http://adwire.ca/?p=3771 MAIN PHOTO-Lisle-Elementary-School-004-800x462How Biophilic Design Enhanced a Community School, Addressed Acoustical Challenges, and Brought Nature Indoors]]> MAIN PHOTO-Lisle-Elementary-School-004-800x462

The village of Lisle, IL, a small suburb in the Chicago metro area, is a small, tight-knit community with a vibrant cultural scene, a charming arboretum, and an annual hot air balloon festival. It’s the kind of town that consistently lands on annual “Best Places to Live” lists.

Until the 2019-20 school year, the town’s school district, known as Lisle Community Unit School District 202 (Lisle CUSD 202), included two aging elementary schools: Tate Woods for pre-kindergarten, firstgrade, and second-grade students; and Schiesher for kindergartners and third- through fifth-graders.

Having two elementary schools separated students in ways that some community members argued weren’t ideal for children and their families. Moreover, both schools were in need of expensive structural repairs and upgrades.

So during the summer of 2018, construction began on a new $39 million, 100,000-square-foot building that would bring all Lisle CUSD 202 elementary students under one school roof with modern educational facilities. The new school, which opened in August 2019, is known simply as Lisle Elementary School, and it houses up to 750 students – pre-kindergartners to fifth-graders.

Because Lisle Elementary serves students at various stages of their developmental and educational journeys, the challenge was to create a space that fosters a culture of learning for a wide array of pupils. Architecture and design firm Perkins and Will planned the school with 35 classrooms, including some geared specifically for kindergarten and preschool curricula, as well as STEM rooms, small group collaboration rooms, a band and music room, and a centralized learning resource center.

The design of the spaces and selection of building materials were critical when it came to performance. The classrooms and common areas had to be flexible enough to promote individual focus at times, encourage collaboration at others, and offer a durable performance level that stands the test of time in a highuse environment.

And, of course, it all had to have the polished look and feel of a state-of-the-art educational facility that the community could be proud of and that young children would look forward to attending.



For the Perkins and Will design team, the new construction of the building offered a blank canvas that allowed them to make unconventional aesthetic choices for an elementary school while relying on best building design practices for 21st century students.

“A lot of times elementary schools are filled with loud colors,” says Angelica Paleczny, interior designer and architect at Perkins and Will. “This is not one of those spaces. We used natural building products to bring warmth in and let the kids and teachers bring their color and life into the building. We wanted them to be able to create an identity for their own spaces, rather than us dictating it for them.”

It’s no surprise then, that their creation relies heavily on biophilic design principles – with warm, neutral tones and rich, textural brick and wood elements permeating the space. One immediately striking feature is the sprawling wood-look plank ceiling that greets students outside in the canopies at the school’s south and east entrances.

The natural aesthetic of wood continues in the school’s corridors, where the design team specified CertainTeed perforated ceiling panels in Rift Cut White Oak veneer for their natural aesthetics and acoustic qualities. CertainTeed wood panels can achieve up to NRC 0.80 with Theatre® Black f panels as infill. Lisle’s corridors feature various small breakout spaces for quiet reading or small group collaborations, and the CertainTeed wood panels help absorb ambient noise from high corridor activity.

Outside the school, Paleczny and team took aesthetic cues from the nearby Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre nature preserve and public garden that serves as a centerpiece of the Lisle community. “We cared very deeply about the landscape,” Paleczny explains. “We incorporated as many different types of trees as we could. And to create a direct connection with the natural world outside, you can see outdoors from almost any location in which you stand inside the school.”



While biophilic design contributes to the wellbeing of students, there were also very real and varied performance demands needed from the building materials that Paleczny selected. Much of that came down to acoustic control inside the classrooms. “Unlike offices, where workers can leave their desks at any point, students are, for the most part, plugged into classrooms for most of the day,” says Paleczny. “So creating the ideal educational environment inside the classroom is so important to us. And performance is the high point for what we look for in a ceiling, especially in a school setting.”

Schools – elementary schools especially – tend to be noisy places, and studies show that excessive noise negatively impacts the learning process. That’s why the Perkins and Will team relied on CertainTeed Symphony® m acoustic panels for Lisle’s classroom and breakout spaces.

The Symphony family features a comprehensive line of highly durable mineral fiber panels encompassing different sizes, acoustic ratings, and edge details to suit any acoustic scenario. At Lisle, the superior acoustic control and smooth, flawless looks of Symphony m help control excessive classroom noise, while encouraging collaboration in small breakout spaces between the classrooms allowing small groups to work without distracting other students.



Perkins and Will intentionally built opportunities into the school’s design for students to learn outside of the classroom. The best example of this lies at the heart of the school: the Learning Resource Center (LRC), a large open space that serves as equal parts library, technology center, collaboration space, and common area. It’s a space you would typically see on a college campus or in a high school, but it’s not so typical of elementary school design.

“The library isn’t stuck in a room – it’s an integral part of day-to-day learning,” says Paleczny. “And it’s used by teachers throughout the day as a breakout space on its own.”

Because it’s a huge, open cavity, acoustics were a significant concern. At first glance, the LRC space looks like it would be noisy. But acoustics are controlled by the ceiling, a massive angled structure comprised of CertainTeed Techstyle® White large-format acoustic panels. It’s equally eyecatching and functional.

“When we created the design, we wanted to create a seamless look, and we realized we had to have something very light in a largescale panel,” Paleczny explains. “Techstyle was the best option in all-around performance that we found. It was one of the more difficult building challenges to find a solution for, but Techstyle checked off all the boxes. It was a great find for us.”



Meeting varied performance requirements with an array of ceiling products can often mean a frustrating, complicated specification process. Fortunately, the Perkins and Will team was able to significantly streamline the process by specifying the entire Lisle project through a single ceiling supplier: CertainTeed.

“The wood ceilings, wood-look metal ceilings, and Techstyle products hit every aesthetic and performance mark that we wanted them to hit, as compared to other products that we’d seen on the market,” says Paleczny. “They also happened to have the best value, so they easily won out.”

The acoustical panels were originally specified from another manufacturer, but since CertainTeed is well known in the industry for dependable acoustical products, switching the spec to specifying all the ceiling products from CertainTeed was an easy choice.

With a product portfolio that encompasses ceilings, suspension systems, and accessories that can suit any design aesthetic or performance level, CertainTeed offers complete project solutions – along with customer and technical support to simplify the entire process, from specification to installation.



In a broad sense, the Lisle Elementary School project was about creating one coherent elementary school that reflects its surrounding community. But for elementary school-age children, the design of their new school environment helps them learn in ways that they can carry throughout the rest of their school years and beyond.

“It’s important that we start embracing the new wave of learning and incorporating the flexible educational design we see on college campuses into the educational design for students of all ages,” says Paleczny. “Everyone learns so differently. And for children at elementary school ages, it helps set the stage for the rest of their educational lives.”

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