SOURCE: MasonryWorx


March 24, 2016 06:00 ET

Climate Resilience: the Future of Building Design

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) - The newly-elected federal government has released its inaugural budget and Finance Minister Bill Morneau has described it as "the most significant social policy innovation in a generation."

It is indeed encouraging to see the federal government demonstrating strong forward thinking, particularly in regards infrastructure spending and a strong commitment to "making our communities a better place to live." With this commitment, however, comes significant emphasis on building sustainable and climate change-resilient communities.

MasonryWorx, the association representing brick, block and stone industry professionals in Ontario, is encouraged to see the federal government placing strong emphasis on sustainability and resilient design. There is no question that the world in which our communities are built is changing. More than ever, significant adverse weather events push the limits of infrastructure and building science. That said, masonry products still remain the superior products in regards to providing sustainability and resiliency while offering the longest life cycle for a building.

The 2016 budget enables municipalities to choose to build to a higher standard to benefit both the environment and the residents of their respective communities. The federal government's commitment to work with municipalities is a refreshing notion which will shape the way Canadians interact in their communities for years to come. Such a commitment affects Canadians broadly, whether it be the small business owner who can be sure his or her business is safe because of a commitment to resilient design, or the first-time homeowner, who can rest assured that affordability is no longer synonymous with "cheap."

The building designs of the future will not only rely on progressive architecture, but how the building itself interacts with environmental challenges. Masonry products are, therefore, the logical choice both in terms of design, sustainability and weather resiliency. The Liberal Government has committed $40-million over five years for research and development to further enhance knowledge on resilient design practices.

MasonryWorx applauds the government for considering a better future for all Canadian communities through resilient, sustainable design.

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  • Andrew Payne
    Executive Director, MasonryWorx

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