Construction Canada feature article
Construction Canada feature article 07/04/2019

Lightweight Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen Facade Thickness 101

By Ian Gruber, CTR

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   Lightweight facade materials with significantly lower embodied energy are being adopted into building designs instead of the more traditional, thicker, and heavier cladding products like masonry blocks or precast concrete. In many cases, the change in facade thickness and resulting embodied energy has been dramatic. For example, a 100-mm (4-in.) precast concrete slab can have an embodied energy of approximately 471 MJ (131kWh) m2 compared to a thin, 8-mm (5/16-in.) fibre cement panel facade with an embodied energy of around 70 MJ (19 kWh)/m2 , resulting in an 85 per cent reduction in embodied energy for the exterior walls.

Featured Project  Paul First Nation Public School
Featured Project Paul First Nation Public School 05/13/2019

Engineered Assemblies brings Indigenous Art to Life on Facade of new Paul First Nation School in Alberta


Uniting the house of design with the field of construction    


A new school is being built for Kindergarten through Grade 9 students on the Paul First Nation Reserve 70 kilometers west of Edmonton in Alberta.  With funding support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the building will house 315 students and will be an engaging hub where students can learn, grow, foster unity and strengthen the cultural aspirations of the Paul First Nation.

Tech Corner - Volume 2
Tech Corner - Volume 2 07/03/2019

Light weight Facades and hidden fastening

In the interest of design and construction of facades through low embodied energy methods, lighter products are being considered more often than ever.  A relevant and comprehensive article was recently published in the June issue of Construction Canada titled Light and Thin Facades. The challenge with lighter & Thinner facade products is they often do not have the mass to which to fasten to with traditional methods (fasteners). While there are some new developments in the arena of fasteners, one system is growing in popularity through successful means - bonding agents. In the world of manufacturing we have been bonding for a considerable time and bonding dissimilar materials together with success since the 1950s.
Minoru Aquatic Centre
Minoru Aquatic Centre 07/17/2019
Now open and designed by HCMA Architecture + Design, the 110,000 sq ft new Minoru Aquatic Centre in Richmond, BC features approximately 21,000 sq ft of Equitone’s Natura Pro high density fibre cement.  
Tech Corner - Volume 1
Tech Corner - Volume 1 05/01/2019

Standard Manufacturer’s Warranty Vs Expected Lifespan

by Jeff Ker, Sr Technical Advisor at EA

Over the years I have often been asked about the manufacturer’s warranty on a given product.
The short answer is often quite simple.  Ten years is typical for many of the products represented by Engineered Assemblies.
What is the expected lifespan is something I’m seldom asked, but often volunteer.

VRCA's Supplier of the Year Award goes to...
VRCA's Supplier of the Year Award goes to... 10/29/2018
Oct 26, 2018 - Vancouver, British Columbia.  Engineered Assemblies was honoured with the GOLD VRCA (Vancouver Regional Construction Association) Award for Manufacturers and Suppliers of the year category for contributions to the Langara College Science and Technology Building.