The form and materials of the buildings and landscape in urban areas alter wind patterns, solar radiation, humidity and air temperature. A collaboration between Mitacs, KPMB Architects and Ryerson University facilitated the creation of tools that allow architects to have a better understanding of these effects and use them to optimize their projects.
The traditional residential-building industry in Canada suffers from poorly designed ducts with undervented and over-vented areas causing large temperature variations, discomfort, and inefficiency. With the support of Mitacs and University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon-based tech company, SenergyK Innovative Creations, has been developing an innovative technology called UCTUPUS.
Although an earthquake can devastate in a few short seconds, restoration and reconstruction can take years to complete. So, Professor Lydell Wiebe and Mitacs Globalink Research Intern, Soundarya Govindaraj from partner university, NIT Tiruchirappalli, India, have been researching building materials suited to withstand earthquakes. Wood is the chosen material.
Companies like Les Enduits STEF stepped in to fill the gap by developing water-tight membranes and coatings that could be applied to a house’s exterior during construction. In need of a research-based solution, the company was introduced to a postdoctoral fellow from the Université de Sherbrooke to do the job.