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By Jack Hauen (Globe and Mail)
A study by an international real estate consultancy found that Toronto had 97 cranes in use – dominating a list of 13 major cities in Canada and the U.S. Find out how other major cities ranked

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Floor power to you: new building products harvest pedestrian energy  
 

By Peter Kenter (Daily Commercial News)
A U.S. research team has developed a prototype wood floor designed to convert footsteps to electricity. Read more

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Livescape

By Dan O'Reilly (Daily Commercial News)
Once a rare feature only found in a select number of buildings, living walls are now sprouting in Canada and throughout North America. Read more

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Energy Vault

By Akshat Rathi (Quartz)
A Swiss company is using concrete blocks and cranes to produce and store energy as an alternative to pumped hydroelectric storage, which represents 96% of the world’s energy-storage capacity. Read more and watch video

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Guelph development to use One Planet Living principle
 

By Angela Gismondi (Daily Commercial News)
Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and DTAH, a new mixed-use community in Guelph, Ont., will be built using a sustainability framework focused on living happy and healthy lives within the resources of one planet. Read more

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Cast Connex

By Peter Kenter (Journal of Commerce)
A Toronto-based company has developed blocks that simplify the design and fabrication of heavily loaded structural steel connections. The technology offers a solution for developers, designers, and engineers who are facing a litany of structural and erections challenges with the tall and ever more complex buildings. Read more

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By Collin Abdallah (ArchDaily) 
In the current iteration of our digital age, Instagram is king of social media. Boasting one billion active monthly users, if you are a business and not on Instagram, you are missing out. Read more

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By Greg Meckbach (Canadian Underwriter) 
A client occupying a tall wood building could face higher insurance costs, a group of masonry producers claims, while one fire insurer confirms such a building deserves closer scrutiny from an underwriter. Read more

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