Originally published in Construction Canada Magazine, December 2014
Interest in energy-efficient buildings is alive and well in Canada. A majority of building professionals surveyed (56 per cent) report that more than 30 per cent of their current projects are considered by them to be ‘green’, according to the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC). The same study, conducted earlier this year, notes 82 per cent of building owners an developers report their green building consume less energy than similar buildings.
For any building professionals who are not yet convinced of the advantages of energy-efficient building construction and operation, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) lists six “big benefits.” These include reduced energy consumption costs, lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and better occupant comfort. To these widely recognized positive attributes, NRC adds:
- Increased asset values in the form of higher rents, occupancy rates, and re-sale price;
- More reliable and efficient operations with fewer repairs and longer equipment life; and
- Enhanced reputation for the building owner, which can help attract customers and tenants.
Design professionals are tasked with specifying appropriate insulation throughout the building envelope. One product engineered for performance in all parts of the envelope – roofs, walls, foundations, and under-floor slabs – is expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation.
- EPS properties
- Below Grade Applications
- Theory of Plates on Elastic Foundaitons
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