A polar vortex brought bitterly cold temperatures to the Pacific Northwest this week, but thanks to the sunny weather through this cold snap, Darryl Zubot of Alberta, Canada was cosy and warm inside his house without needing to fire up a furnace.
Another summer in the books. Without a doubt the most unique summer any of us have ever experienced. Finding our way through all the difficulties faced by our industry, and by so many others, has taken a toll on everyone. I have tried to take a break from the news, social media, and the ever present “so how are you managing COVID?” question
Westeck manufactured what it says is the first and only swing solid wood casement Passive House certified window in North America. The company could not reach the final values with solid wood, but found cork to be the “silver bullet.” The author says cork is an excellent insulator and was readily available in the compressed shapes needed and, once laid into the frame and sash, allowed Westeck to achieve Passive House numbers.
Join Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) this October as we celebrate Manufacturing Month which helps raise the profile of our industry to government, youth, the workforce, and to the public.
Not just rebuilding the economy, but a complete retrofit and establishment of building codes that support the needs to combat climate change. This is the moment to create a roadmap for a society that is more resilient to these macro shocks – whether they are brought about by a pandemic or climate change.
A deep retrofit of homes and buildings is the megaproject Canada needs. Post-COVID is an opportune time to invest nationally in climate-oriented upgrades that will improve efficiency and move us toward a low-carbon future.
We live, work and play in buildings. How they are built has a direct impact on our health and well-being. That’s why we’re going to make buildings work better for people all over the Pacific Northwest.
B.C.’s economic recovery is an opportunity to build resilience – Catalyst Business Coalition letter to B.C. premier John Horgan
Publication – April 9, 2020 – By Catalyst Business Coalition
Imagine a home that can stand up to extreme weather, be it heat waves or water surges, while bringing your gas bill to zero and keeping your electricity bill manageable. Considering that buildings are responsible for 12% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, our building sector needs to stop imagining and act.
With buildings being the leading source of GHG emissions in Canada, new building standards like Passive House and the BC Energy Step Code are becoming norm to achieve sustainability targets and address climate change – and we are seeing dramatic changes, performance demands, and advances in North American fenestration.