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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Canada wavers on airtightness testing
Proposed change to National Energy Code has been withdrawn

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The Buildings Show Takes on a Transitioning Built Environment

TORONTO, ON, Sept. 20, 2017 – The Buildings Show, North America’s largest networking and educational event for design, architecture, construction and real estate industries returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2017. IIDEXCanada will take place Nov. 29–30, 2017 only.

Client expectations about housing, commercial spaces, hospitality and workplace design, or urban planning solutions are constantly evolving. Meanwhile, end users demand solutions to accessible, engaging and connected communities. The Buildings Show and its many valued partners with numerous participating associations and organizations are assembling in Toronto to address these challenges.

“Innovative companies are being proactive at looking ahead of client needs and emerging trends, resulting in continued industry leadership,” said Nancy Milani, VP, Informa Exhibitions. “Whether on the show floor or in seminar rooms, attendees will find tools from our exhibitors and speakers so they can effectively adapt to our changing design and construction markets.”

More than 30,500 industry professionals visit The Buildings Show annually to connect with 1,600 Canadian, US and international exhibitors on the show floors in both the South and North buildings. Key exhibitors in the North building include Arconas, Dyson, Astley-Gilbert, Ceragres, Houzz, Sherwin-Williams and Metrie. Leading companies in the South building showcase Tarkett, MAPEI, Cree, VELUX, Festool and CertainTeed. Through demonstrations, in-booth engagements and display features, attendees will discover the latest products, solutions and technologies from leading suppliers in a dynamic marketplace that provides invaluable perspectives in industry trends.

Attendees at The Buildings Show will be able to participate in exciting events throughout the MTCC. In the South, this year’s International Architectural Roundtable entitled Cities and Densification: Weaving Our New Urban Fabric will feature moderator Adele Weder (Canadian Architect) and panelists Kelly Doran (MASS), Zhu Pei (Studio Zhu-Pei), Lloyd Sigal (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC), and Don Weinreich (Ennead Architects). The Ask the Experts Breakfast with BASF returns by offering solutions to challenging questions associated with the production, construction, repair, and maintenance of projects made of concrete. The Evolution of Real Estate: Why Engagement Matters, led by Matrix will discuss solutions to nurturing and retaining top talent. The Construction Act, Bill 142 session will focus on 2017 changes to the Construction Lien Act. This year’s PM Executive Roundtable tackles how successful organizations achieve operational excellence through resource and talent management in an intensely competitive market.

In the North, IIDEXCanada welcomes internationally celebrated designers to the keynote theatre: accessibility advocate Rick Hansen, CEO and co-founder Marc Kushner (Architizer), industrial designer John Löfgren (Form Us With Love), Florian Idenburg (SO—IL), and architects Maria Lisogorskaya & James Binning (ASSEMBLE). This year’s national summits explore design challenges related to accessibility, wellness, Passive House design and healthcare. New features at the show include: Prototypa, a prototyping workshop led by Stockholm-based Form Us With Love; Boutique Design Pavilion, a dedicated space serving the hospitality sector, and a special exhibition from OCADU showcasing the process of making
Canadian iconic designs more accessible. “A big focus of this year’s program is about tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of design and uncovering new opportunities,” said Tracy Bowie, VP, IIDEXCanada. “Whether they are from within the industry or from the outside, these leaders inspire positive change and push the design world to innovate.” Returning this year are the Passive House and AWMAC pavilions, the 5th annual IIDEX Woodshop, THINK:Material, Canadian Interiors’ Best of Canada Awards and Canadian Architect’s Awards of Excellence presentation and reception, site tours, and parties including the Opening Night Party.

The Buildings Show offers more than 350 seminars and demonstrations with over 500 speakers led by industry experts. Attendees can customize their continuing education selection on topics related to: architecture; interior, residential and retail design; building codes; accessibility; healthcare and senior living; hospitality; safety; new and innovative products, and technologies; sustainability; high-performance buildings; workplace and wellness; and much more.

South Building: Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and the World of Concrete Pavilion

Exhibits: Wed, Nov. 29: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thu, Nov. 30: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri, Dec. 1:
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Seminars: Wed, Nov. 29: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thu, Nov. 30 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

North Building: IIDEXCanada

Exhibits: Wed, Nov. 29 - 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Thu, Nov. 30 - 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seminars: Wed, Nov. 29 - 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thu, Nov. 30 - 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration is free for all industry trade professionals until Nov. 15, 2017. To register, visit

About The Buildings Show

The Buildings Show, produced by Informa Exhibitions, is home to Construct Canada, PM Expo, IIDEXCanada, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Pavilion. It is North America’s largest exposition, networking & educational event for design, architecture, construction and real estate industries. The Show is home to 1,600+ exhibits, including 100+ international exhibitors, 500 speakers, international keynotes, the International Architectural Roundtable, awards and 350 accredited seminars.

For more information on The Buildings Show, visit

About Informa Exhibitions

Informa Exhibitions is an award-winning, full-service exhibition company with an exceptional track record for producing high-quality, successful international shows providing networking and industry education. Informa owns leading exhibitions in Canada including: The Buildings Show, Real Estate Forums, BUILDEX Shows, Interior Design Show, Fan Expo Canada, One of A Kind Shows, Cargo Logistics Canada, Art Toronto, and more.

For more information, visit

Opportunities Listing: Call for Presenters Listing

Title: Call for Presenters for OAA Continuing Education Sessions Deadline for Call for Proposals: September 29, 2017 Eligibility: Open to educators, presenters with expertise in their field
Theme: Bold by Design
Submission form and details: visit, Call for Presenters online submission form
Session Audience: Leaders in architecture and design, Emerging talents in architecture, Students entering the field, Built environment enthusiasts, Allied professionals, Faculty, Media Session Event Date: ConEd Sessions, OAA Conference, May 23-25, 2018
Event Location: Toronto, Ontario

Visit the OAA Website at; learn more about the opportunities and the process.

Energy reporting regulation passed!

The Province adopted the proposed energy reporting and benchmarking regulation in February 2017.  The reporting requirements will be phased in as follows:

July 2018: Large commercial buildings must report on 2017 data

July 2019: Large multi-unit residential buildings much report on 2018 data

July 2020: All buildings over 50,000sqft must report on 2019 data

Summary details of the regulation are here:

Full details of the regulation can be found here:

One of the key recommendations made by TAF and OBEC has been incorporated: every five years, the data must be verified by a qualified professional.  We’ve just learned that BSSBs are on the list as one of the designations accepted to be an accredited professional.  

Energy Reporting Requirements (ERR) Update

Following our dinner meeting presentation on Ontario’s proposed Energy Reporting Requirements (ERR) by Bryan Purcell, the Director of Policy and Programs at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, OBEC has been supporting the adoption of this policy on behalf of its members.  In February 2016, we provide a letter of support for the changes to the Green Energy Act proposed under Bill 135 which were intended to enable the implementation of an energy reporting and benchmarking policy for large buildings.  Later that month, in response to all of the positive feedback on the proposed changes to the Green Energy Act, the Province introduced a regulatory proposal that provide more detail about implementation of this legislation.  The OBEC board reviewed this proposal and made further recommendations in April 2016 including the need for third-party verification of the reported data and disclosure of additional reporting elements such as building vintage to make the data more meaningful. 

You can also follow the progress of this important piece of legislation here


Intelligent Flat Roof Monitoring System Detects Leaks in Real Time

Toronto, Canada (October 29, 2015)… International Leak Detection (ILD) and PROGEO Monitoring GmbH today announced their strategic alliance to deliver the Smartex® MX system to the North American roofing and waterproofing market.

Smartex® is an intelligent flat roof monitoring system that tracks the integrity of waterproofing systems 24 hours a day. When a rupture occurs, Smartex® immediately detects it and issues an alert. The system also pinpoints the location of the leak, eliminating the need for a search and allowing for quick repair.

“With the demand for smart buildings, the roofing and waterproofing market has been searching for a system that can truly provide 24-hour, on-demand access to their roofing and waterproofing assets,” says Chris Eichhorn, President & CEO of ILD. “Smartex® is the system we’ve been waiting for.”

Developed by PROGEO Monitoring in Berlin, Germany, Smartex® is the only product of its kind on the market. Robust and durable sensors, designed to meet the demands of the construction environment, are combined with high-performance cloud solutions to produce secure and reliable information. Clients can easily access this information using a PC, tablet or smart phone.

Smartex® also has the benefit of monitoring in all weather conditions. In the case of an extreme weather event, clients no longer have to worry about whether or not the integrity of their flat roof was compromised. Smartex® will provide instant, up-to-date information.

“Smartex® can reduce long-term flat roof maintenance costs by up to 70 percent,” says Andreas Rödel, founder and CEO of PROGEO Monitoring GmhB. “It is a well-known fact that flat roofs will leak at some point. PROGEO’s intelligent monitoring technology will detect issues large or small and allow you to respond. It puts the control in your hands.”

Applications for Smartex® include:

Smartex® is available through ILD in the USA and Canada beginning October 1, 2015. ILD has created a technical service department to install Smartex® and service existing PROGEO Monitoring systems using its trained technicians.

“PROGEO is the leader in the research and development of membrane monitoring systems. We are proud to be aligned with them. Our clients now have the choice of our standard EFVM® integrity testing or the state-of-the-art Smartex® system for their roof or waterproofing assets,” says Eichhorn.

“This partnership teams up the monitoring market leader in Europe with the leak detection market leader in North America. Both ILD and PROGEO have a reputation for customer-centric business activities and trustworthiness. We are pleased to be working with ILD to deliver Smartex® in the United States and Canada,” says Rödel.

For more information, please contact ILD at 1-866-282-LEAK (5325) (toll-free across North America), or visit

International Leak Detection (ILD)
ILD is a world leader in integrity testing for roofing and waterproofing membranes. Since 2001, it has tested more than 400M square feet of membrane, locating more than 1.25M breaches and saving close to $20M in leak-related costs. The alliance with PROGEO Smartex® MX builds on ILD’s commitment to early detection, pinpoint accuracy and investing in the best technology to ensure structures are watertight. ILD operates in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, GCC, India and South America.

PROGEO Monitoring GmbH (PROGEO)
For more than 20 years, PROGEO has been a leader in the development and installation of intelligent monitoring systems. With roots in the waste landfill and related environmental market, PROGEO has excelled in creating systems with reliability and robustness that spans decades. PROGEO is recognized for its continuous research, development and innovation, most recently winning a Top 100 Innovator award in 2014. Founded in 1992, PROGEO is 9001 EN ISO: 2008 certified.

Francine McLeod, ILD
Phone: 905-427-3386 (Canada) or 1-866-282-5325 (North America toll-free)