Building Systems

Fire Alarm

Hot new trends for fire alarm systems

Advancements in fire alarm tech can better protect occupants and property, reduce expenses and help building management maintain their systems.
Thermal Insulation

Choosing the right thermal insulation

While R-value is often the main point of discussion when talking about insulation, it is only one aspect of a material's properties and performance.
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Grey water technology flush with savings

Grey water recovery systems are starting to gain traction in commercial and multi-residential buildings because of their ...
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Five ways to reduce HVAC system costs

Through a combination of smart purchasing, maintenance programs and strategic planning, building managers ...
FirstService Residential

Ontario elevator strike refuses to lift

Talks between Ontario’s elevator technician union and management cannot seem to get off the ground floor.
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Electronically tintable glass

Electronically tintable glass provides dynamic control over the amount of heat and light that is admitted to the building.
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Toronto a leader in green roof industry

Toronto’s leadership in the industry is due to the fact that green roofs are not only encouraged but mandatory.
REMI

Ventilation for acceptable air quality

The most recent edition of ASHRAE standard 62.1 specifies 17 cubic feet per minute of fresh air per occupant as the minimum acceptable ventilation level ...
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LED lighting retrofit

To get the greatest value out of a LED lighting retrofit, ask about a manufacturer’s product testing, quality control and sustainability practices.
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Reducing the risk of Legionella

Any water source in a building that can be aerosolized may be a Legionella risk, particularly where the water is dirty, remains still or is not exposed to a ...
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A task of Olympic proportions

Millennium Water is the largest green development project in British Columbia, covering nine city blocks in Southeast False Creek.
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Intellectual properties

Building automation systems enable buildings to generate limitless data and information on nearly every aspect of a building and then share it among systems to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire facility.
REMI

Underfloor air distribution

Textile ducts are now being introduced inside underfloor air distribution systems to transfer and distribute the supply air to exact zones of the system.
REMI

Raise the roof

A roof that lasts longer is usually more sustainable since less waste is generated through the removal of an additional roof.
REMI

Recommissioning finds qualitative quick fixes

Recommissioning focuses on right-sizing a building’s mechanical and electrical systems and their operation for today’s conditions.
REMI

Core sunlighting

Core sunlighting is a system that gathers natural sunlight, concentrates it and delivers it deep into a building’s interior, not just the area along ...
REMI

Utilizing site-recovered energy

Many commercial building owners are turning to energy recovery ventilation technology that recovers energy on-site and reuses it to reduce the demand ...