Award Magazine October 2020
Award Magazine October 2020 10/20/2020

Facade Systems: The Three Faces Of Warranty And Lifespan

By Jeff Ker,  Sr Technical Advisor at EA

Reprinted with permission from Award Magazine

(Architect) What is the relationship between warranty and lifespan?
(Jeff Ker) Often nothing.
(Architect) Should we focus on warranty and compare warranty periods to help chose a product?
(Jeff Ker) It deserves some attention, but it tells us nothing of product quality nor lifespan.

When we are interested in the lifespan of a product, why then is there so often a focus on a warranty period?
While most materials and systems come with a variety of warranties, what is seldom spoken of is how to maximize their lifespan. My intention here is not to diminish the value of a warranty, but to outline its function, spell out its boundaries, and to champion the notion of designing for success, while looking at the needs of a material and clearly identifying how it can thrive.
Construction Canada Cover Story
Construction Canada Cover Story 10/15/2020

Five Common Mistakes made in the Facade Industry

By Jeff Ker

Reprinted with permission from Construction Canada.

Looking at the facade industry today and for the future, there is a progression toward lightweight/low-mass solutions. This is in response to the demand for lowering the amount of embodied energy in the construction industry in an effort to address environmental impact of buildings. Lowering the weight suspended from the building superstructure will also save costs. Over the last decade, more of these solutions are being employed with success, both in function and form. While largely developed in Europe, these solutions have either made the transition to the North American environment seamlessly or with small augmentations in the assembly design. These contemporary and future-friendly facade solutions of both skin and substructure have best practices to follow, and through this, promise good performance with long lifespans.1 This article addresses the five most common mistakes made in facades as it applies to future-friendly facades.

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

Lightweight Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen Facade Thickness 101

By Ian Gruber, CTR

Reprinted with permission from Construction Canada


   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.