Building Code

Tarion review

Interim report released in Tarion review

An interim report in Tarion review flags calls for a dedicated section for and further rules unique to condominiums in the new home warranties legislation.
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A guide to glass balcony guards and breakage

In the past few years, there have been many cases of glass balcony guards breaking. An expert explains why this happens and how to mitigate the risk.
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Streamline site plan approval: Ontario architects

Toon Dreessen, president of the Ontario Association of Architects, is renewing the OAA’s call for a streamlined site plan approval process.
Tarion review

Tarion review consultations kick off in Toronto

As Tarion review consultations kicked off, Justice Douglas Cunningham said he has assured those who have expressed concerns he has “no marching orders."
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Deconstructing housing affordability in the GTA

Housing affordability is a growing concern in Canada, but there is no consensus on how to quantify the problem. That might soon change.
Tarion review

Consultation dates released for Tarion review

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services this week released consultation dates and locations for the Tarion review, following a stretch of silence that, for some, raised questions about the terms of engagement.
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T.O.’s debut six-storey wood-frame development

Heartwood the Beach Condos, due to enter construction this spring, is likely to become Toronto’s debut six-storey wood-frame development.
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Spate of condo blazes sparks safety campaign

A spate of condo blazes in Alberta has reignited conversations about the perennial fire safety risk posed by cigarettes in multi-residential buildings.
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Insight into window replacement in condos

Window replacement can be expensive, involved and intrusive. It's important to answer four questions before beginning this kind of project in a condo.
radon testing

Why radon testing should be on your radar

After smoking, radon exposure is the next leading cause of lung cancer. An expert walks through radon testing and mitigation strategies.
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Compliance with AODA lessens liability risk

Many of Ontario’s building owners and managers are now struggling to decipher requirements for barrier-free access in the Ontario Building Code (OBC), under the Accessibility
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Defining outdoor views from bedrooms

A Toronto city councillor wants to know whether the building code requirement to provide outdoor views from bedrooms has been all but pushed out the
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Cyber spies halt online access to national codes

Online access to Canada's national building and fire codes is suspended following discovery of a cyber intrusion of the National Research Council's IT network,
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Taking wood frame construction to new heights

BILD has renewed its call on the Ontario government to raise the height limit of wood frame structures ...
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Energy efficiency targets adjusted upward

Ontario's new building code continues an incremental adoption of heightened energy efficiency standards.
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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.
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Noise complaints in condos

Canada’s building code should be updated to provide condo dwellers with the same peace and quiet that exists in developments in the U.S. and Europe.