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The nature of Ghosts

"As an architectural student in my early twenties, I quickly became suspicious of the nature of the architectural education that I was receiving. While daydreaming in the classroom, and looking out the window at the life on the street…

Setting standards

A standard for the testing and evaluation of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) in commercial applications, recently approved by the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC), will silence some critics of EIFS, a cladding system…

Cladding control

Shield the home Cosella-Drken has a new way to wrap a house, with Delta-Dry, the protective shield against wind, rain and moisture. This is the first product that addresses a reoccurring problem for builders: the framing and sheathing…

Time is running out

Even skeptics who have for years dismissed warnings about climate change that will produce serious, if not disastrous consequences, must surely be taking the issue more seriously now.Apart from a growing body of credible, well-documented…

Little garden on the Prairie

Despite what many of us assume, the Prairie is not an unbroken expanse of wheat, stretching from the Canadian Shield to the Rockies, pancake-flat from horizon to horizon. It varies significantly across North America depending on climate and…