• Air Quality
  • Sound

Regulatory Updates for Environmental Approvals in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has revised the environmental approvals process in Ontario for air and noise emissions as of January, 2017. The new EASR regulation made under EPA is:…

Acoustic Details Metal Studs
  • Sound
  • Vibration

The Devil is in the Acoustic Details Part 1: Metal Studs

From my experience resolving noise and privacy issues in buildings I have learned that the cause is usually an oversight of seemingly small but absolutely critical details.  Details that could have been addressed during design…

  • Climate

Master Planning for Wind – Surviving Implementation

Master planning is step one in development.  Sometimes it’s done through secondary plans, or subdivision plans.  Whatever it is labelled, it is intended to be holistic and all encompassing.  In this era where pedestrian usage…

  • Climate

Could your Project Benefit from Site-Specific Climate Modeling?

“Every site is different” is a mantra for design that encompasses the diversity of issues that we all face on projects.  Topography, demographics, infrastructure, and other site-specific information is typically accessible to a design team…

Prevailing Winds
  • Air Quality
  • Climate

Understanding the term “Prevailing Winds”

Many people believe the phrase "prevailing winds" implies that the wind blows from a certain direction, or a limited set of directions, most of the time.  While this interpretation has become commonplace, it can be…

  • Sound

What to expect from a Third Party Acoustic Audit in Ontario

The requirement to complete a Third Party Acoustic Audit may be included with an Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), or Renewable Energy Approval (REA).  When we’re approached,…