Barbara Carss

investment

Canadian Property Management

CPPIB asset allocation scorned and defended

Real estate analysts suggest there's more 'tank' than 'think' in the Fraser Institute's recent characterization of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's asset allocation strategy.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Building sector brainstorms on extreme weather

Commercial real estate operators have a steadily accumulating inventory of lessons learned from extreme weather events, providing both motivation and insight to prepare for more climate volatility in the future.
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Canadian Property Management

Business opportunities ample in China and India

China's aggressive target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and India's ambitious scheme to embed information and communications technology in urban development and infrastructure are seen as prominent opportunities for Canadian investors, businesses and professionals.
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Canadian Facility Management & Design

Healthcare engineers trek regulatory landscape

Rental housing landlords sometimes think of themselves as the most regulated real estate operators, but healthcare engineers and facilities managers make a good case for claiming that title
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Canadian Property Management

Real estate reaps smart technology paybacks

Real estate owners/managers point to the efficiencies and savings that can come with real-time monitoring and operational responses, which also support asset value and competitiveness in the marketplace.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Ont private sector readies for energy reporting

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Green Energy Act signal the government's intention to mandate reporting of energy and water consumption in privately owned buildings.
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Canadian Apartment Magazine

Foreseeable safety hazards spell liability

Beyond the occupier's duty of care — a responsibility that property owners bear toward inhabitants, visitors and trespassers — landlords are also employers subject to health and safety regulations.
U.S. Clean Power Plan

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Canadian opportunities in U.S. Clean Power Plan

Canada's renewable energy and clean technology sectors could figure prominently and profitably in American states' efforts to comply with the recently introduced U.S. Clean Power Plan.
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Canadian Property Management

Public safety network has spectrum but no funds

Canadian proponents have few committed resources to kick-start the proposed high-speed mobile public safety broadband network, whereas their American counterparts have been promised USD $7 billion (CAD $9.24 billion).
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Canadian Property Management

35-year BOMA stalwart was a Renaissance man

Relationships forged through the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) figured prominently in Bill Garland's multi-disciplinary, cross-continental professional circle and among his lasting friends.
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Canadian Property Management

Canadian GRESB results lead the larger pack

Global sustainability benchmark places 2015 Canadian achievement more in line with the top-ranked Australia/New Zealand region than with the 144 U.S. participants.
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Canadian Property Management

Flight to quality upends office tower hierarchy

A spate of new towers in the downtowns of major Canadian cities respond to tenants' demand for buildings that can effectively accommodate the technology and occupant densities their businesses require.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Water efficiency has flow-through cost savings

Cooling towers and irrigation add to summertime water demand, while many Canadian municipalities have implemented multi-year annual rate increases to help fund needed upgrades to aging infrastructure.
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.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Resilient energy plans for severe weather risks

The Resilient Pipes and Wires Report argues that investment in climate change adaptation is imperative for safety, security and business continuity, and to avoid the staggering losses that can result from lack of preparedness.
International Year of Light

Building Strategies & Sustainability

International Year of Light radiates potential

UNESCO has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light to shine a beacon on scientific achievements, reflect on possibilities and promote a spectrum of related economic and sustainable development objectives
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Canadian Property Management

CRE corporate social responsibility outreach

Newly released guidance from the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) identifies key action areas to anchor real estate in a broader scope of ethical business conduct.