July 5, 2022


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  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
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Radon tests need to be conducted year-round: Study

The arrival of warmer temperatures in Canada has traditionally meant that testing season for radon — an odourless gas that is a major contributor to lung cancer deaths — is coming to an end.

Not so fast, though.

An earlier study done by a number of experts who work at the Robson DNA Science Centre, Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, indicated radon exposure is rising steadily within the modern North American residential environment and that levels of the gas are increasingly uniform year-round and no longer just a problem in winter.

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Employment now surpassing pre-COVID levels

According to figures released by Statistics Canada, nearly all industries within the construction segment had surpassed pre-COVID payroll employment levels as of April of this year. The residential building construction sector was furthest above its February 2020 level with its 11.5 per cent gain coinciding with a 27.8 per cent increase in housing starts over the same period. Land subdivision, which is just 200 positions shy of its pre-COVID levels of employment, was the lone industry in construction to remain below its February 2020 level.

For the month, payroll employment in construction increased by 10,500 in April, a jump of almost one per cent. Gains were led by Alberta’s rise of 4,900 positions, a 2.8 per cent increase.

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Aecon pilots low carbon concrete to help achieve emissions reduction target

In support of its target to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in direct CO2 emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050, Aecon recently became the first construction company in Ontario to pilot a new low carbon concrete from Carbon Upcycling Technologies at its Innovation and Training Centre.

Carbon Upcycling enables the production of low carbon concrete by creating CO2-embedded cement and concrete additives, also known as a Supplementary Cementitious Material (SCM). During the upcycling process, CO2 is permanently captured into the SCM, and when used in concrete, the CO2-embedded SCMs reduce the embodied emissions by up to 30 per cent while exceeding strength activity performance by up to 40 per cent.

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Mass timber can perform well under fire, large-scale tests confirm

A full-scale research fire test has found the fire performance of a mass timber structure was similar to that of non-combustible construction and confirms mass timber can perform well under the very rare fire scenario in which the sprinkler system fails and the fire department is unable to respond.

The test was hosted by the Canadian Wood Council at the Canadian Explosives Research Lab in Ottawa. Over 150 experts from across Canada, including fire officials, building regulators, insurance industry representatives, engineers and architects attended the event to learn about and observe the behaviour of mass timber construction exposed to fire, states a release.

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Ontario college project enhances campus life with student-influenced design

Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus Phase 2A (HMC2A) in Mississauga, Ontario, is an expansion project designed to appeal directly to the needs of its students.

The 6503 m2 (70,000 sf) HMC2A, designed through a joint venture between Montgomery Sisam Architects and Moriyama & Teshima, connects directly with another student learning commons building, HMC2, and can be accessed from a shared portico at grade and across two upper levels. A series of lounge and study spaces, club rooms, food outlets, and games areas feed into and off of a transparent double-height atrium.

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Canada in need of 3.5 million housing units

According to a recent report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), housing supply has not responded to demand over the past 20 years in Canada, especially in some of the country’s large urban areas. This, says CMHC, has resulted in the loss of affordability.

The report, Canada’s Housing Supply Shortages: Estimating what is needed to solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis by 2030, takes initial steps to estimate how much additional housing supply is required to restore affordability by 2030, that date upon which CMHC has set as its aspiration for everyone in Canada to have a home they can afford and that meets their needs.

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Toronto approves plan to advance Eglinton East LRT and Waterfront East LRT

Toronto City Council unanimously voted in support of advancing work on the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Waterfront East LRT. The Eglinton East LRT is a planned, 15-kilometre LRT running from Kennedy Station through the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) to Malvern, with up to 21 stops and connections to GO Transit. The new line will provide transit access to historically underserved communities, travel through or adjacent to seven Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and bring higher-order transit within walking distance of 49,000 Torontonians.

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Tallest mass timber build proposed for Toronto

Anew purpose-built rental building in downtown Toronto is looking to be the tallest mass timber building in Canada and is also proposing over 80 per cent affordable units, a green design and retaining and integrating the existing heritage buildings on the property.

The developer on the project is Unix and consultants include The Planning Partnership (planner and landscape); Vortex Fire (code); ERA Architects (heritage); Blackwell (structural); WSP (civil); and BA Group (traffic).

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Important TCA Updates

TCA's 27th Annual Members' Day — Registration opens tomorrow!

Registration opens Wednesday, July 6, 2022
TCA's Annual Members' Day is back in-person — Mark your calendar and save the date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022!

Registration for the Toronto Construction Association (TCA) 27th Annual Members' Day will go *LIVE* tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 6:30 AM.

Members Day offers an exclusive opportunity to showcase product(s) / service(s) and a chance to reconnect and build new relationships with other industry professionals.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact, Nazak Ghobadi via:
Email: nghobadi@tcaconnect.com | Phone: 416-499-4000, x4106

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Exclusive Discount for TCA Members on publishing Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) in the Daily Commercial News (DCN)!

All certificates and notices published in the Daily Commercial News (DCN) are a flat fee of $300 (plus tax). Special Affinity Pricing of $200 per certificate is available to all ConstructConnect subscribers and TCA members.
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TCIC Upcoming Courses
Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 6 & 13 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

July 11 & 18 | Monday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

Construction Job Cost Control (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 13 & 14 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Integrated Design & Delivery (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 14 & 15 | Thursday & Friday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 20 & 27 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

For more details, please click here, or contact: 
Faith Chen, Senior Manager, TCIC/Professional Development