Architectural Services

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DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT FOR MY PROJECT?

The Alberta Architect Act states that a Registered Architect is NOT required unless:

    • A residential building consists of five or more dwelling units.
      • Note that a single family dwelling, duplex, triplex or quadriplex of any size does not require a Registered Architect.
    • The Building is designed for public assembly.
      • Buildings such as churches or community halls, schools, all institutional uses, warehouses and industrial uses, business and personal services, mercantile and other residential occupancies such as ...
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Prescriptive vs Performance

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Prescriptive vs Performance, which Path should I choose?

Since 2014 the Alberta Building Code has Included Section 9.36 which specifically relates to Energy Efficiency of Houses and Small Buildings. The application of this is meant to reduce the Carbon Footprint related to Residential Housing.

There are essentially 3 main ways of complying with Section 9.36 of the Building Code:

  • Prescriptive Path
  • Performance Path
  • ENERGY STAR / LEED etc

If you are considering the ENERGY STAR / LEED path you likely already know enough that you don’t ...

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Construction Documentation

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Often people ask “After I receive my blueprints, what else do I need before I can start building?” We provide complete Architectural Blueprints (house plans), but these should be considered part of a set of construction documents.

After receiving your blueprints, both the floors and the roofs will need to be engineered. This is typically done by the supplier of the floors and roofs, and is included as part of their service, typically without additional fees.

There are times when an engineer ...

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