Tag: Canada

10. June 2015

How Structural Thermal Breaks Meet Fire Safety in BC Building Codes

from Alexander Krenczik

Schock Isokorb® structural thermal break’s primary function is improving energy efficiency, yet equally important to building performance is building safety. As the Vancouver construction market continues to strive for new heights in building performance, Schock Isokorb® thermal break installations increase.

A recent installation of structural thermal breaks in Surrey at 3 Civic Plaza  initiated an evaluation of the Division 3 Part B of BC Building Code 2012  by fire code experts GHL Consultants LTD.

 

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The results of the report  by GHL Consultants confirm that Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks will meet the BC building code requirements. … read more

03. March 2014

Massive Parkway Project installs ComBAR® in Windsor-Essex, ON

from Angelo Koichopolos

Construction began in August of 2011 on Windsor Essex Parkway in Ontario and is expected to complete in late 2014. Schӧck ComBAR® GFRP is included within bridge barriers in $1.4 billion highway infrastructure project  in the municipalities of Windsor, LaSalle, and Tecumseh, in Ontario, Canada. The parkway is now called Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, following the renaming in 2012.

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The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow at Canada’s premier trade gateway from Canada to the US, carrying 28% of Canada’s trade with the US. This route goes through Windsor and links Detroit to Ontario’s Highway 401. The parkway prides itself on the community enhancements and environmental features of the project. … read more

08. July 2013

Morrison Hershfield Research on Concrete Balcony Connections.

from Adam Kimble

During last month’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) tradeshow, a noteworthy study was released, which compares the thermal performance and whole energy impact of concrete balconies. The research was completed by Morrison Hershfield, a leader in building physics, who also completed the ASHRAE  1365-RP, Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details.

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Thermal Profiles for Modeled 3D Sections are included in the Report. Source: Morrison Hershfield

 Morrison Hershfield had the opportunity to determine the impact of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks compared to conventional balconies and balconies with intermittent insulation. … read more

28. May 2013

Teamwork Leads to USA Success

from Domenico Pace

Last month, Schӧck in the UK was contacted by an American engineering firm wanting to find out some information on a nonmetallic concrete reinforcement product.
The UK office immediately forwarded this inquiry to our offices in Baden-Baden Germany. Germany which in turn notified the offices in Canada and the contact information was provided to myself here in the United States. … read more

13. May 2013

Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging

from Angie Tennyson

As part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Lecture Series, Mark Lawton, Vice President and Senior Building Science Specialist at Morrison Hershfield presented “Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging” at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and on February 28, 2013.

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In this lecture, Mark speaks about his latest ASHRAE sponsored research project entitled “Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings” (1365-RP). It is worth your time.

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15. March 2013

LIDO Residential Tower Plans to Break Thermal Bridges in Vancouver.

from Angie Tennyson

We are excited about the recent annoucement of LIDO, a  21-level residential tower in False Creek, Vancouver, Canada  to include Isokorb® thermal breaks in their balcony/slab connections.

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection
Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

The LIDO project by Bosa Properties, who is known for their legendary attention to detail, is setting a new benchmark in sustainable luxury.

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25. February 2013

An Exciting Week in Vancouver at BuildEX 2013!

from Dieter Hardock

On February 13th and 14th Schöck had the great opportunity to present the company and Isokorb structural thermal breaks, at BuildEX 2013 to the construction community in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We experienced great interest at our booth, and found out that most people are aware of the problems and effects of thermal bridging. But not of the solution – Schöck Isokorb® for concrete and steel applications.

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14. January 2013

What is the The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope?

from Angie Tennyson

Everyone wants to know The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope. Now you can learn more by joining the panel of experts in Vancouver, BC at BuildEX, for a session to explore the various costs associated with implementing an energy efficient building envelope.

Research results will be present on energy modeling assessments of thermal bridging, examining the impact on annual energy consumption, cost implications, and thermal comfort. In addition, recent project installations with thermal break technology will be presented and analyzed.

Course Title:

The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope  (W11)

Course Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 13th  10:30am – 12:00pm … read more

20. December 2012

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality

from Stefanie Witt

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” -Washington Irving

That is why Schoeck Canada Inc. and its employees decided to donate their time to a local charity called “Adopt a Family”. This program helps local families in need enjoy the holiday season knowing their community believes in the spirit of giving. Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is the organizer of this amazing charity. … read more

10. December 2012

Schoeck Canada Foresight 2013

from Christian Witt

The business has been extremely rewarding this past year. The sales of ComBAR® climbed drastically and achieved 3 times the sales volume of 2011. We have also noticed that GFRP is now a common building material and is being specified in a great number of bridge and tunnel structures, especially in Ontario. But also the United States has been an interesting market in 2012. Besides, we have seen a great interest in the future use of GFRP in New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia.

In 2012, we also had an amazing and successful introduction of our Thermal Break Element, the Schöck Isokorb®. Isokorb® has being installed in over 10 different buildings across Canada!  We are now starting to convince architects, engineers and primarily developers and owners about the unique advantages of the Isokorb® to minimize energy consumption, improve the quality of living space and subsequently protect the environment in which we all live and in which our children and their children will live in the future.

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10. December 2012

ComBAR® in North America 2012: A review

from Lena Helmts

A year has gone by and we would like to review the great development with you: Important projects we completed and our efforts to expand east and west in Canada as well as in the USA

We have had a good year with ComBAR®Some jobs we have completed this year are: Queens University Reactors, WEP Bridge 15, Barb Road Bridge Rehab, York/Durham Sewer Caissons, Bonnechere Bridge and Canal Bridge.  North Channel Bridge has been released and completion is scheduled for 2013.  We are looking forward to 2013. The buzz is that the MTO is preparing packages for a number of bridges in a single release. We also heard that epoxy coated rebar will no longer be used by the ministry, which will hopefully open up a new market for GFRP in the next few years.

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09. December 2012

Construct Canada: Changes in Building, Why Now?

from Bill Chihata

Construct Canada is one of Canada’s largest building design and construction shows. Held in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with Home Builder, Concrete Canada and DesignTrends, the show hosts over 1000 exhibits, and more than 24,000 visitors.

I attended the show this year to present to over 70 architects, builders, contractors, engineers, specifiers and facility managers.  The room was packed with attendees interested in learning more about thermal break solutions for building envelope.  The presentation was ideal for the audience, covering concepts for reducing energy loss, and avoiding moisture issues associated with thermal bridging.

Areas of thermal bridging and energy loss.

Many questions were asked during the interactive session. One attendee asked, “Why change the way we build, Why now?”

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04. December 2012

ComBAR® GFRP, Part of Innovation Awards in Ontario

from Dritan Topuzi

Annual Ontario Concrete Awards Banquet honors the most creative and visionary projects that have made concrete their construction material of choice. This year it was held on the 28th of November at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, in Toronto.

Awards are given for the following categories: Architectural, Structural, Materials & Constructability, and Sustainability. ComBAR® GFRP, as an innovative material, provided points to the Whitemans Creek Bridge project, which received the Structural Design Innovation Award, in the Structural Category.

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Whitemans3 … read more

26. November 2012

Glass Fibre Reinforcement: Changing the Concrete ConstructionIndustry

from Christian Witt

On November 6th 2012, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Mississauga Chapter in joint efforts with Brampton Chapter, offered a Technical Seminar in the 244-seat Noel Ryan Auditorium at the Mississauga Central Library on Advancements in Glass Fibre Reinforcement.

 The Central Library of the Mississauga Library System is one of the busiest libraries in Canada. The building officially opened on October 2, 1991 and was designed by Shore Tilbe Henschel Irwin Peters who also designed the Peel Board of Education headquarters and the police building in downtown Toronto.

Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga Central Library
Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga Central Library

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05. October 2012

Introductions to the Schöck Isokorb® Team for North America

from Ekaterina Tropynina

The  Schöck Isokorb® team is a unique group of professionals, originating from different countries and cultures. We work together to bring the best services and products. But on the other hand we are a group of real and interesting people, who have their own interests, hobbies and diverse life experiences.

Each of us has prepared a short bio, which filled with personality type and quite interesting to read!

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06. September 2012

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Community Buildings

from Bill Chihata

I was very exciting to work on two special projects in Canada that are both located in Edmonton, Alberta, both targeting LEED® Silver certification and both incorporating Isokorb thermal breaks to reduce energy loss. Those two projects have very unique building structures that truly amaze me. … read more