Building Code

Tarion review

CondoBusiness

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.
Student ServiceHub

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Student ServiceHub earns ARIDO award

Ryerson University's new Student ServiceHub has just earned an Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) award of excellence.
glass balcony guards

CondoBusiness

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.
site plan approval

CondoBusiness

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.
UBC library

Canadian Facility Management & Design

UBC library facility takes a page from Harvard

UBC has taken a page from Harvard with its newly opened Library PARC facility, using a model that extends the shelf life of books from 30 years to 300.
Tarion review

CondoBusiness

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."
housing affordability

CondoBusiness

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

CondoBusiness

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.
employment standards

Canadian Facility Management & Design

How FMs can support employment standards

The latest phase of accessibility regulations in Ontario may concern employment standards, but facility managers have a role to play in compliance.
wood-frame development

CondoBusiness

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.
Waste-Free Ontario Act

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Designing for better waste management

A building's design influences the operational efficiency waste collection programs, the cost of servicing the programs and diversion rates.
Water

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Change to Toronto sewers bylaw on tap for Jan. 1

One of two sewers bylaw changes that are expected to trickle down to building owners and managers is on tap for the New Year.
cigarette

CondoBusiness

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.
AODA compliance

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Accessibility, ergonomics and AODA compliance

As of 2015, anyone renovating or constructing a public space must meet new building code requirements. Here's how one company achieved AODA compliance.
Energy benchmarking in Canada

Construction Business

Energy code compliance

Energy standards in North America have been around for a very long time, but the new switched receptacle control requirement is stirring up controversy.
Empty Room

CondoBusiness

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.
FireSmart

Building Strategies & Sustainability

FireSmart land use planning supports safety

Prolonged, mass evacuations and the spectre of approaching flames reinforce the importance of emergency preparedness and embedding risk management in land use planning.