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PIEVC ASSESSMENT OF THREE CITY PARKS: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA

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Risk Sciences International led the parks assessment of the overall City of Mississauga Climate Change Action Plan. Using the PIEVC Protocol, a climate change and severe weather risk assessment was conducted on all human-made and natural infrastructure within each of three City-selected parks. The assessment process and documentation yield a characterization and overview of the potential risks for other City park assets. This study represents the first explicit application of the PIEVC Protocol to a city’s park assets in Canada, … Read more

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ASSESSMENT OF 285 SHUTER STREET APARTMENT TOWER

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This report is a Case Study of the climate change vulnerability of a residential high-rise apartment tower at 285 Shuter Street owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and occupied by residential tenants. The building is a 16-storey apartment building constructed in 1964 and part of the TCHC portfolio of social housing, which includes more than 2215 buildings including high, mid and low-rise apartments, townhouses and houses. It is part of a three-tower complex currently within the Toronto Tower renewal … Read more

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INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO/MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE – THREE PUBLIC BUILDINGS

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Golder Associates, with Morrison Hershfield (the Consultants), have performred a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment study in alignment with the protocol developed by the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), for Infrastructure Ontario (IO). This study brought together experts in building systems engineering, energy, water, climate, cultural heritage and other key disciplines, who worked with IO’s project team, facility stakeholders, Engineers Canada and Environmnet Canda, to complete this vulnerability assessment. The study focused on three buildings in IO’s portfolio, located in … Read more

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ASSESSMENT OF UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN CURRENT ENGINEERING BUILDING AND NEW ADDITION

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In early 2011, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), in cooperation with Engineers Canada, embareked on a joint-funded project to assess the potential vulnerability of the Engineering Building to climate change. Associated Engineering (AE) was retained to conduct the ristk assessment and report on the impacts that future climate change may have on the existing engineering building as well as on a proposed building expansion. The objective of this study was to identify the components of the existing building … Read more

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TUNNEY’S PASTURE CAMPUS

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The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee identified buildings as one of four priority classes of infrastructure for consideration using the First National Engineering Vulnerability Assessment to gauge vulnerability and adaptability of infrastructure to climate change. Three buildings – one low-rise and two high-rise – at Tunney’s Pasture Campus in Ottawa were assessed in this case study. The Sustainable Development Group of HOK Architects of Ottawa conducted the case study. Consultant: MPHM Project Managers Inc. Attachments government_of_canada_buildings_pwgsc_ottawa_ontario_final_report (5 MB)government_of_canada_building_pwgsc_summary (274 kB)

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GOVERNMENT OF NORTHWEST TERRITORIES THERMOSYPHON FOUNDATIONS IN WARM PERMAFROST

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Passive cooling by means of pressured heat exchange pipes was developed in Alaska by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965 to preserve foundations in ‘warm’ permafrost. It has been widely applied in Alaska, northern Canada and Russia to preserve and cool permafrost. The original simple 20mm vertical pipe with a radiator in the air has evolved into other designs that include: thermopiles, sloped pipe thermosyphons and flat loop evaporator pipe (flat loop) thermosyphons. The flat loop thermosyphon was … Read more