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.
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.
Overbuilding

Affordability looms large in GTA housing market

The GTA housing market is on track to see a record year in resales, but there may be challenges on the horizon. And they have nothing to do with a bubble.
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.
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.
Manhattan

U.S. Realtors want FHA condo rules relaxed

A majority of U.S. condos are being denied FHA-approval due to what the industry has deemed unnecessarily strict requirements.
incandescent_bulb_ban_immin

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.
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

Employers enlisted to prompt workers’ savings

Quebec’s voluntary retirement savings plans (VRSPs) to capture workers not formally enrolled in company pension or group retirement savings plans.
REMI

Saying goodbye to T12 fluorescents

Since the first Canadian energy efficiency regulation that phased out a handful of inefficient general service fluorescent lamps (GSFL) was introduced in 1995, there has been steady progress in the availability of more efficient lighting solutions ...