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commercial real estate

Top 14 stories to watch in 2017

Last year, the commercial real estate industry faced a number of diverse challenges and successes that are expected to develop throughout 2017. Here, REMI’s award-winning
apartment licensing program

Stricter rules ahead for GTA apartment owners

Toronto city council has approved a plan for a new apartment licensing program that will impose stricter rules for building owners, but could inadvertently lead to higher rents for tenants.
fire safety in buildings

Tragedy accentuates fire safety in buildings

Following the recent tragic fire in Oakland, California, fire safety and legal experts are reflecting on the confluence of deliberate and inadvertent omissions that underlie most calamities.
water sub-metering

Tapping into water savings

Many building owners today are familiar with electricity sub-metering and its proven energy and cost savings, but few understand the technology and the savings that can be incurred from water sub-metering.
technological innovations

Technological innovations in condominiums

Technology is one of those things that never stops moving, and sometimes it can be daunting to keep up with all the latest advancements out
seniors

Improving safety for elderly tenants

The Canadian population is aging and seniors constitute the fastest-growing age group. This trend is expected to continue for the next several decades due to a below replacement fertility rate, an increase in life expectancy, and the aging of the baby boom generation.
CDM incentives for portfolios

Ontario readying CDM incentives for portfolios

Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator was instructed to consult with local distribution companies to develop a pay-for-performance program that could be ready for launch in the fall of 2016.
pest prevention

Pest prevention for pools and other amenities

A condominium’s amenities should set it apart from competitors, keeping owners and residents happy and suites occupied — at least, that’s the goal. A property
emergency response

Mass notification systems in high-rise buildings

When an emergency situation arises in a multi-residential setting, things can turn chaotic fast. To prevent this chaos, all residents, visitors and staff need to know what to do and how to react immediately. The most effective way to accomplish this is with customized, real-time mass notification systems.
in-ground irrigation system

An untapped source of water savings?

Several seasons of wear and tear can impact the efficiency of a condominium’s in-ground irrigation system. How maintenance can help lower water bills.
landscape renovation

Plan a landscape renovation in three steps

An expert walks through how to plan a successful landscape renovation for condominium properties in three steps.
tree removal

Taking the emotion out of tree removal decisions

It's important to make objective tree removal decisions because the physical condition of these dynamic organisms can deteriorate quickly.
energy efficiency

Energy efficiency from the ground up

Energy efficiency is more than just buzz—it's the future of the rental property industry. From older buildings getting retrofits to newer builds being outfitted with the latest technologies, it's either go green or get left behind.
residential tenancy laws

Keeping up with residential tenancy laws

As the rental industry grows and changes, so do residential tenancy laws. Joe Hoffer, Partner Cohen Highley LLP, highlights three specific areas of concern.
multi-unit

Cogeneration sparks apartment sector interest

Cogeneration in Canada is no longer just for hospitals and industrial facilities—multi-residential property owners are beginning to take note of this energy savings technology, too.
winter safety tips for condo managers

Five winter safety tips for condo managers

December has been seasonably mild, so winter safety tips may not be top of mind for condo managers. But now is a good time to prepare for coming weather.
cigarette

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.