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THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 TRENDING STORIES
1. Is LEED still relevant?
LEED has become synonymous with green in the mainstream building industry over the last decade, but is LEED still relevant? While the voluntary green building rating system has been a successful market transformation tool, it has its limitations.
 
2. New index developed to measure housing affordability
There is no consensus on how to quantify the problem of housing affordability, especially in urban centres. However, that might soon change with the recent debut of the shelter consumption affordability ratio, or the SCAR index.
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3. Aging B.C. water systems create construction opportunities
British Columbia’s water systems may be at risk, with aging infrastructure, growth, strengthened regulations, seismic risk, and climate change driving the need for significant upgrades.
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4. Public sector asset management gains attention
A new $50-million fund to help Canadian municipalities implement asset management programs is in sync with broader efforts to adopt standards, make better use of data analytics and eliminate the silo mentality in managing government-owned and occupied assets.
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5. Office condo set for Toronto's north Yonge strip
A mixed-use office project near the Don River will offer companies the opportunity to own office space within a hotel setting.
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