Building Systems

elevators

Faulty elevator breaks bring lawsuit

A new round of legal proceedings is underway in Ontario, where building owners are seeking compensation for costs related to an elevator mechanism that the province’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) ordered ...
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Shattered condo balconies

Between May and August 2011, five panels of glass fell from balcony guards on the Festival Tower, a 41-storey condominium in downtown Toronto that was completed in 2010. Since then, residents of the Festival Tower have launched ...
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Raise the roof

A roof that lasts longer is usually more sustainable since less waste is generated through the removal of an additional roof.
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Building automation can save energy

Energy efficiency in highrise multi-residential buildings can be achieved through a variety of retrofits. However, one method that is often overlooked is ...
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Falling glass can cause legal headaches

In Ontario, it is unclear which statutory warranty period applies to the occurrence of falling glass given the lack of specific case law and Tarion direction.
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High-performance building approach to condos

In recent years, environmental regulations, new innovations and higher energy costs have raised the bar on green buildings and provided economic incentives ...
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Horticultural practices for green roofs

When designing a green roof, three elements have to be optimized: drainage, growing media and plants.