Canadians are no strangers to extreme weather conditions. In Ontario, summer temperatures can range up to 40ºC (100ºF) and our winters can drop to -30ºC (-22ºF). According to the provincial 2012 Climate Change Progress report, we experienced our hottest, driest weather on record in July of 2012 in what has been a chain of progressively longer summers. Thankfully, masonry materials have the capability of absorbing heat and releasing it over time, which lessens dependence on energy-consuming air conditioners and heaters. Harsh cold and hot climes can stress most building materials, decreasing their integrity through rapid expansion and contraction, so this is something Ontarians will have to consider in purchasing a new home.
“The weather is changing and we need to design our buildings with climate change in mind.”
David Philips, meteorologist for Environment Canada1