Federal

thermal metering

Thermal metering crosses the pond

Thermal metering, already widespread in Europe, is expected to gain traction in Canada as the technology becomes more accessible.
procurement

Inquiry puts spotlight on procurement practices

News of a Competition Bureau inquiry has put a spotlight on procurement practices in the condominium industry.
HFC phase-down

Canada advances HFC phase-down

Impending environmental regulations will push the Canadian and American real estate industries toward cooling and insulation options with lower global warming potential.
excessive water use

Case wades into excessive water use in condos

A lawyer illuminates lessons from a case concerning excessive water use by a legal grow-op in a condo as the federal Liberals plan to legalize marijuana.
Competition Bureau

Industry reacts to Competition Bureau inquiry

It’s too soon to know what the ultimate fallout from the Competition Bureau’s investigation into allegations of bid-rigging and conspiracy in the supply of condo refurbishment services might be.
line painting

Line paint fades faster under new regs

In recent years, property owners and managers may have noticed that the line paint in their parking lots is fading more quickly.
self-regulation

Does the Charter of Rights apply in condos?

A recent B.C. case, dealing with the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in a condominium, highlights a common misunderstanding.
Universal design

Expanding the frontiers of universal design

Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility, as three Interior Designers of Canada members recently explained in a panel discussion.
cellphone

Safety code tweaks allowable radiation levels

Health Canada adjusts some of its recommended thresholds for exposure to electromagnetic energy emitted from wireless communications
security

Canadian security strategy enlists landlords

Bill C-51, the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act, would give CSIS a broader mandate, including entry, search and installing equipment in buildings.
assessment

Profit brings risk for condominium corporations

Federal scrutiny of tax exemptions could make profit risky for condominium corporations, industry and professional associations.
Election

When political canvassers come knocking

Condo boards and staff can't restrict political canvassers from reasonably accessing condominiums during municipal, provincial or federal elections.
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Board and C-suite roles still elusive for women

Gender diversity efforts could soon become a mandated element of corporate governance disclosure for public ...
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Lighting efficiency on the agenda for 2014

A previously postponed phase-out of incandescent light bulbs is set to go in most Canadian provinces in 2014.
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Canadian clean tech funding renewed

The green building sector is one of the beneficiaries of the recent federal budget pledge to renew SDTC funding ...
stairwell

Caution afoot

Engineering and life safety specialists are currently examining stairwell concerns in preparation for possible new or revised rules that would be introduced in the 2015 National Building Code.
REMI

TV service providers to jostle in new markets

A recent decision from the CRTC puts TV service providers in a better position to compete in some commercial and institutional buildings.