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Building Big: Resource Site On Skyscrapers
Building Big, a popular PBS TV program, has a site on skyscrapers that provides information on highrise basics, design, big building examples, and a directory of links to more resources.

CMHC: Fact Sheets On Highrise & Multiples Building Technologies
CMHC Highrise & Multiples Innovation Group covers construction, operation, maintenance & repair, products, and issues.

Skyscraper Center: Resource Site On Skyscrapers
Skyscraper Center is an online resource about skyscrapers from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It profiles every building in the world higher than 656 feet, or 200 meters.

US Park Service: Briefs On Preservation Of Historic Buildings
US National Park Service online Preservation Briefs provide detailed procedures for repairing and preserving historic buildings and components.
Issues & Performance

BC BEC: Energy Efficiency Tune-Ups For High Rise BC Residential Buildings
BC Building Envelope Council conference presentation by Graham Finch of RDH Building Engineering provides a summary of a mid- to highrise multi-unit residential building energy study, measured energy savings from full building enclosure rehabilitations, and strategies to retrofit and improve the energy efficiency of existing MURBs. (PDF)

BC Housing: Energy Consumption & Conservation In Mid & High-Rise Residential Buildings In BC
BC Housing research report Energy Consumption and Conservation in Mid- and High-Rise Residential Buildings in British Columbia reviews and assesses effects of building enclosure improvements on the space conditioning energy use in typical buildings in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, and to develop better strategies that take into account enclosure repairs, energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions. (PDF)

BC Housing: Energy Use In Mid To High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
BC Housing bulletin Energy Use in Mid to High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings describes how energy is used in MURBs. (PDF)

BC Housing: Study Of High-Rise Envelope Performance In Coastal BC
BC Housing & CMHC funded the Study of High-Rise Envelope Performance in the Coastal Climate of British Columbia. Its purpose was to identify causal relationships that have resulted in building envelope problems and successes, in non-combustible high-rise residential buildings, and was done by correlating building envelope performance with sources of moisture, and features of design and construction of assemblies and details. This study has facilitated the identification of key factors for successful design and construction of the building envelope assemblies and details. (PDF)

BRIK: Airflow In Mid To High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
BROK online slide show presentation Airflow in Mid to High-rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings provides a summary of a study examining airflow for this building type, and in particular examines performance of the corridor pressurization based ventilation system. (PDF)

Built Green: Canadian High Density Energy Efficiency Program For Residential High Rise
Built Green Canada now offers the High Density program that addresses the needs of builders constructing multi-storey and residential tower development.

CABA: Toward Zero Net Energy Super High-Rise Commercial Buildings
Continental Automated Building Association online report Toward Zero Net Energy Super High-Rise Commercial Buildings examines the driving force for zero net energy buildings, various definitions and technologies, and a concept for a feasible net-zero solution applied to a building cluster consisting of an office building and homes. (PDF)

Canada Gov: Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures For High-Rise Office Buildings
Public Works and Government Services Canada document Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures for Higb-Rise Office Buildings is meant to reduce the negative economic, environmental and human impacts of inadequate, improperly designed, improperly installed and improperly maintained air barrier systems. (PDF)

CMHC: Air Leakage Control By Compartmentalizing Suites In Highrise
CMHC research report covers air sealing interior and exterior partitions of two test suites in a new high-rise residential building. The project developed air sealing details, tested the air leakage characteristics of the sealed apartments and identified deficiencies. (PDF)

CMHC: Air Leakage Control for High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
CMHC online manual Air Leakage Control for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings provides guidance to air leakage control contractors on how to reduce air leakage in existing high-rise, multi-unit residential buildings. It covers where, how and why MURBs leak, practical guidance for property managers to identify when a building is experiencing air leakage-related problems, and some guidance in selecting and using the services of an air leakage control contractor. (PDF)

CMHC: Airtightness & IAQ Measurements In Highrise Buildings
CMHC study shows results of field measurement of air leakage and air movement in existing highrise buildings in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and B.C. (PDF)

CMHC: Assessing Energy Performance of Exterior Retrofitted MURB Rentals
CMHC report Assessing the Energy Performance of Exterior Retrofitted Multi-Unit Residential Rental Buildings CMHC summarizes assessed pre- and post-retrofit energy performance of several buildings built in the 1960s - 1980s. Thermal upgrades to the building envelope, such as overcladding the brick exterior and window upgrades, show promising results. (PDF)

CMHC: Assessment Of Suite Compartmentalization & Depressurization In Highrise
CMHC study of potential make-up air requirements of well-sealed suites, explores the air leakage characteristics, ventilation system performance and pressure diagnostics in eight suites of three recently constructed multi-unit residential buildings in mid-winter conditions in Toronto. (PDF)

CMHC: Report On Energy Efficient 6-Storey Highrise Project
CMHC supplies report on a 6-storey, 48 unit condominium designed and constructed around the four main goals of envelope durability, energy efficiency, indoor air quality (occupant health), and environmental and resource conservation. (PDF)

CMHC: Research Report On Air Leakage Control In Highrise Buildings
CMHC survey of four electrically heated highrise residential buildings in Ontario has shown that during the peak winter conditions the air infiltration component contributes roughly 25 to 40% of peak heating demand. (PDF)

CMHC: Study Of High-Rise Envelope Performance In Coastal BC
CMHC study confirmed that the nature of the problems experienced in high-rise buildings are similar in many ways to those identified for buildings in the Low-Rise Survey. The predominant moisture source (exterior), path (details) and sensitive assemblies (face seal) were common to both types of buildings. 2002 (PDF)

CMHC: Study On Airtightness & IAQ Problems In BC Highrise Apartments
CMHC gives results of study done on several British Columbia highrise apartment buildings, for air leakage, indoor air quality, and air movement patterns. (PDF)

CMHC: Tune-Ups for Energy & Water Efficiency in High Rise Residential Buildings
CMHC online guide Tune-Ups for Energy & Water Efficiency in High Rise Residential Buildings will help reduce energy and water costs and improve comfort in a high-rise residential building through low-cost and no-cost tune-up measures. It is intended for both rental apartment and condominium buildings. (PDF)

Energy Star: New Multifamily High Rise Buildings Can Now Qualify
New multifamily high-rise buildings are now eligible to qualify as Energy Star projects. To qualify, new or substantially rehabilitated multifamily high-rise buildings must meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and be designed to be at least 15% more energy efficient than buildings that meet the ASHRAE energy use standard. Qualified buildings feature a combination of energy-efficient improvements including: effective insulation systems, properly sized heating and cooling equipment, tight construction and ducts, Energy Star-qualified lighting and appliances, and high-performance windows.

Light House: Towards Carbon Neutral High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
Light House Sustainable Building Centre report Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings in BC: Framework for High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, presents performance targets that would reduce the carbon footprint of new high-rise residential buildings in the Lower Mainland by up to 70%. (PDF)

Morrison Hershfield: Thermal Performance Of Mid & Highrise Building Envelopes
Morrison Hershfield online slide show presentation describes thermal performance of building envelope details for mid and highrise buildings. (PDF)

NIBS: Energy Consumption In Mid & High Rise Residential Buildings
National Institute of Building Sciences online presentation by Graham Finch provides a summary of energy consumption realities in mid and high rise residential buildings. (PDF)

RDH: Airtightness Of Large Buildings
RDH Building Science online slide show presentation Airtightness of Large Buildings: Where We're At and Where We're Going looks at the state of the industry with respect to airtightness performance and testing standards based on a database of over 500 airtightness tests.

RDH: Airtightness Testing & Results For Part 3 Buildings
RDH Building Engineering report Airtightness Testing & Results For Part 3 Buildings shows a large number of factors impact in-service air leakage rates, and that a single value for infiltration likely will not address the complexity of estimating infiltration and exfiltration in large buildings. (PDF)

RDH: Pressure Differences & Airtightness In Tall Buildings
RDH Building Engineering study Pressure Differences and Airtightness in Tall Buildings, Theory & Reality aims to improve the general understanding of factors affecting airflows in buildings and how these factors combine to influence the performance of building mechanical ventilation systems. The results of the study allow for general recommendations with regards to the design of ventilation systems, building enclosure airtightness, and compartmentalization strategies. (PDF)
Procedures

BDC: 5 Innovations In High-Rise Building Design & Construction
Building Design & Construction says KONE's carbon-fiber hoisting technology and the Broad Group's prefab construction process are among the breakthroughs named 2013 Innovation Award winners by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

CMHC: Air Sealing Tune Up Of High-Rise Residential Building Envelope
CMHC online guide Air Sealing Tune Up Of High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Building Envelope covers sealing the bottom of the building, top of the building, outside wall & openings, vertical shafts, and compartmentalization of service areas. (PDF)

CMHC: Tune-Up Ventilation Systems in High-Rise Residential
CMHC online guide Tune-Up Ventilation Systems in High-Rise Residential Buildings covers tune ups for corridor ventilation systems, central exhaust systems, central heat recovery ventilators, and in-suite heat recovery ventilation systems. (PDF)

CPM: Tuning Up High-Rise Buildings
Canadian Property Management Magazine article describes some fairly simple tune-ups that can significantly reduce the amount of wasted energy used in MURBs and, subsequently, reduce the billing costs for owners and occupants. (PDF)

JLC Forums: Tips For Working On High Rise Multi Family
Journal Of Light Construction forum gives tips about working on a high-rise multifamily building, which involves some unique challenges, logistical and otherwise.

Morrison Hershfield: Building Enclosure Commissioning
Morrison Hershfield article in Canadian Property Management explains how building enclosure commissioning provides quality assurance and peace of mind for property managers. (PDF)

RDH: Energy Efficient Retrofit Of High-Rise Multifamily Building
RDH Building Engineering paper Energy Efficient Retrofit Of A High-Rise Multifamily Building presents a case study of an energy efficient building enclosure retrofit of a 13 story multifamily building in Vancouver, BC. (PDF)

Toronto Univ: MURB Design Guide
University of Toronto online MURB Design Guide, Enhancing the Liveability and Resilience of Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, covers the design of multi-unit residential buildings in a Canadian climate, specifically mid-rise and high-rise housing typologies. (PDF)

Toronto Univ: Tower Renewal Guidelines
University of Toronto online Tower Renewal Guidelines cover challenges, principles of renewal, anatomy of a tower retrofit, tower typology and service condition, building condition assessment, site strategies, retrofit strategies with a systems approach, costs and benefits, contract documents and administration, commissioning and facilities management, overcladding design and detailing, and tower renewal visions. (PDF)
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