Training in the Canadian Arctic
March 01, 2003
Those who are charged with enforcing building performance standards in Canada's newest territory have miles to go before they begin.
At about 6 pm on November 26, 2002, I log onto the Internet and check the weather conditions in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Current temperature: -18°F. The sun rose at 8:27 am, and set at 2:13 pm. Oh, the low tonight will be -28°F, but no wind. Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory. It was created out of the Northwest Territories as a result of years of negotiations between the Inuit people and the central Canadian government. Located above the tree line, it is snow-covered land most of the year. The terrain is predominantly rocky tundra with stunted vegetation. Winters last nine months, with an average January temperature of -22°F. The average July temperature is 59°F. It is a generally windy area; the prevailing winds come from the northwest. Nunavut has over 17,500 heating degree-days (9,800 degree days below 18ºC).The population of Nunavut is 28,000, or about one person per 30 square miles. Nunavut is desolate, interesting, and beautiful—and it is experiencing a building boom. Construction happens all year. Builders set up lights to work, since the days can be ...
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