Construction

student housing

Student housing in a post-COVID world

Despite being one of the fastest-growing destinations for international students, Canada needs more student housing. A new report from Alignvest suggests the PBSA market is poised for growth.
Purpose-built rental pro formas under pressure

Purpose-built rental pro formas under pressure

Developers are facing escalating material costs, supply chain disruptions and labour shortages in step with climbing vacancies and falling rental rates that were not contemplated 18 months ago.
private balconies

Private balconies are in demand

In the wake of COVID-19, multifamily housing developers are emphasizing outdoor amenity spaces more than ever with private balconies now at the top of many tenants' wish lists.
Zibi

New Zibi community raises bar on sustainability

Driven by the goals of eliminating GHG-emitting energy sources and encouraging social equity, Zibi is on track to become Canada’s most sustainable community.
risk worksafebc

The rising cost of multi-residential construction

Multi-residential construction costs are rising in Canada due to the pandemic’s impact on everything from labour and material costs to shifting supply and demand dynamics.
The Waverley Toronto rental community

Embracing the rich history of the Waverley Hotel

Leasing has begun at Toronto’s newest boutique rental community, The Waverley, which pays homage to the iconic Silver Dollar Room and Waverley Hotel.
development in Canada

Dawn of a new era for development in Canada

With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, many analysts predict we're at the dawn of a new era for development in Canada.
Canada's apartment market

A hopeful outlook for Canada’s rental market

As the average rent in Canada hit a record low of 9.1 % from a year ago, analysts share a hopeful outlook for Canada's rental market in 2021 and beyond.
western civil

A closer look at infill development

As affordable rental housing continues to be a pressing need in the GTA, some housing experts believe infill development is the solution we've been looking for.
Toronto vacancy rate

Downtown Toronto’s startling rise in vacancies

New data from Urbanation shows a sharp rise in vacancies in downtown Toronto's purpose-built apartments from 0.7 per cent in Q3-2019 to nearly 3 per cent today.
ventilation

Air ventilation in multi-residential buildings

Achieving a healthy indoor environment begins with proper air ventilation, especially as buildings become more airtight. Kevin Smith explains the various systems available today.
multifamily assets

Preference for multifamily assets signalled

Under COVID-19-induced pressure, investors, lenders and public markets are signalling a preference for multifamily assets. The asset class was the top attractor of investment dollars in Canada’s commercial real estate market during the first half of 2020.
density

Building better density key to future development

Dev Mehta, Senior Associate at Quadrangle, explains how building better density leads to healthier, happier occupants.
mega mixed-use project

Reinventing the suburbs as vibrant “edge cities”

Mega mixed-use projects are reshaping the suburbs and providing viable long-term solutions to accomodate the GTA's unprecedented growth spurt.
Proposal for mandatory airtightness testing withdrawn from pending 2020 version of National Energy Code

Canada wavers on airtightness testing

The timing might have been opportune for uptake of the measure — provided it was adopted into provincial and territorial building codes — because it would have applied broadly in what is currently Canada’s most buoyant commercial real estate sector.
Temporary Rental Assistance

Canada’s rental market in a post-COVID-19 world

Uncertainty rules Canada’s rental market as the novel coronavirus continues to spread, forcing business closures and stay-at-home orders to persist beyond initial forecasts.
proposed code changes

Sights and sounds of proposed code changes

A package of proposed changes to Canada's National Building Code aims to improve navigability and safety in large buildings for people with mobility, vision and/or hearing constraints.