16. August 2013

The Capital of Efficient Building Envelope Design

from Adam Kimble

Building performance codes have become more rigorous in Canada, especially in the Ontario Province with  SB-10 standards. Architects are looking for more options to meet these code requisites, and projects in Ottawa such as St. Patrick’s, Tweedsmuir and Cathedral Hill are setting the bar.

These three projects are currently in construction in Ottawa, and all share the similarity of using Isokorb concrete thermal breaks, yet they are distinctive in building design and purpose. The St. Patrick’s home is a short and long term care facility, Tweedsmuir a low rise development in the Westboro neighborhood, and Cathedral Hill is a high rise condo/apartment building in downtown Ottawa.

St. Patrick's
St. Patrick’s

The first project in Canada to incorporate Isokorb was aslo in Ottawa. It was the Valley Stream retirement residence and was followed by Beaver Barracks Catherine St. building. These are the origins of Isokorb in Canada and the while grow and further adoption continues in other cities and Provinces, none is more commonplace than Ottawa.

Beaver Barracks, Catherine Building
Beaver Barracks, Catherine Building


While I cannot confirm that Ottawa is the capital of efficient building envelope design, there is a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in projects like these, which are incorporating products like Isokorb insulated balcony connections.  Ottawa is pushing the envelope (no pun intended) for the title as the Capital of Efficient Buidling Envelope Design.

If you have a project that you would like to learn how to incorporate Isokorb structural thermal breaksm or design assistance on specific detailed drawings please contact us.


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