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A national, independent, non-profit organization dealing exclusively with condominium issues.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

Regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience in Alberta

Alberta Building Envelope Council

Regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience in Saskatchewan.

APEGS Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan

Regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience in Saskatchewan.


Alberta’s most experienced, most trusted new home warranty provider.

Canadian Home Builders' Association

The national organization that represents Canada’s residential construction industry.


Specializes in building technology consulting for commercial, institutional and residential buildings.

National Association of Home Builders

The leading trade association representing the housing industry.


The respected voice of the building industry encouraging effective policy and regulation for building great cities in our region – now, and in the future.


Building Codes & Standards

Assists municipalities in providing well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to Albertans.

National Research Council Canada

The primary national research and technology organization of the Government of Canada, in science and technology research and development.

American Society for Testing and Materials

With over 12,000 ASTM standards combined with their innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada’s national housing agency that helps Canadians meet their housing needs, champion research and advise on the housing industry.


A federal Crown corporation whose mandate is to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada.

ALBERTA Safety Codes Council

A statutory corporation for the Government of Alberta to help make Alberta a safe place to live, work, and play.

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Construction's Seven Deadly Sins

These construction pitfalls lead to callbacks and long-term problems. Here’s how to avoid building defects on the jobsite.

Alternative Solar Systems for the Houses of the Future

Following California’s new mandate requiring solar-powered systems for residential construction, Blaine Brownell highlights technologies likely to get a bump.

Prototype Wood Material Matches the Strength of Steel

University of Maryland scientists have created a wood product that is 10 times stronger than natural lumber.

3 Reasons Builders Should Make More Energy Efficient Houses

A poll from the USGBC showed that 85% of people feel that living in a green home is good for their health. The same poll found that 64% of people will pay more for a green home.

Do Solar Panels Work in Cold Weather?

Solar panels seem like they are made for the Sunbelt. Yet, solar panels perform well across the country. Even in cold, northern latitudes and rainy climates, solar power is a reliable and resilient energy source.

The Future Looks Bright for Solar Energy

The cost of solar energy is predicted to halve again over the next decade.

Low-Energy Commercial and Institutional Buildings

The energy used in institutional, commercial, and industrial building in cold climates (zone 4 and above) is substantial. Reducing the operational energy use and increasing durability should be the prime concern of those who wish to design and build “green” buildings. This digest dicusses the ten strategies that will have the greatest impact.

Homeowner avoided "energy guzzlers" for more efficient options, and it's paying off

Making energy improvements to your home can save you anywhere from hundreds to thousand of dollars per year.

Near Perfect Air Tightness Measured in Contemporary Home

A discussion of a near perfectly airtight contemporary home in Marietta, GA, the testing, the results, and how it was achieved.

Case Study: Making Net Zero Work

A project in Maine balances the shell and the mechanicals of a high-performance home, on a budget.