Industry News

CREED Council to champion equity, diversity and inclusion in commercial real estate

CREED Council to champion equity and diversity

A new volunteer council, gleaning insight and experience from all commercial real estate disciplines, is exhorting the industry to better reflect the society in which it operates.
Canadian proptech ventures to be groomed for growth

Canadian proptech ventures groomed for growth

The U.S. National Association of Realtors is searching the Canadian market for promising technologies for the commercial and residential real estate sectors.
SFU residence halls

Two new residence halls open at SFU

Two new residence halls at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby campus have opened. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Great Lakes container ship service promoted as low-carbon logistics option

Great Lakes figure in low-carbon logistics

A new shortsea service will forge a marine link from container facilities at the Port of Hamilton to the Port of Montreal.
looser office densities deemed easier economic stretch in Toronto

Looser office densities deemed viable in Toronto

Toronto is positioned among select global cities with a combination of space and cost factors that could better appeal to employers seeking to expand space-per-person ratios in their office footprint.
circadian

Research informs circadian-effective lighting in schools and hospitals

The recommended light levels in K-12 classrooms and for general (non-exam) lighting in hospital patient rooms are generally too low for daytime circadian stimulation.
surrey accessibility

Surrey commits to building for accessibility

Surrey is the first city in Canada to commit to building to a Gold level using Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.
New government positions support Accessible Canada Act mandate

New roles will support Accessible Canada Act

Applications are invited for Governor-in-Council appointments within the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Employment and Social Development.
Indoor temperatures must be logged in Ontario long-term care homes

Indoor temperatures logged in Ontario LTC homes

There is still no requirement for air conditioning in all residents’ rooms, but Ontario long-term care home operators now have to implement prescribed measures to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia gets funding for healthcare and LTC facilities 

New funding will help renovate and rehabilitate 40 healthcare and long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia to improve patient and staff safety.
Cornelia Oberlander

Cornelia Oberlander passes at age 99

Canadian landscape architecture icon Cornelia Oberlander has died at 99. She was a leader in sustainable design and a pioneer of green roofs.
TRCA

Biophilic design of new TRCA HQ puts wood first

Encased in glass, four water walls will symbolize TRCA’s role of safeguarding the GTA’s watersheds while also being an integral part of the building’s HVAC system.
Commercial buildings receive ENERGY STAR awards

Commercial buildings named ENERGY STAR winners

Suburban office and corporate headquarters capture the limelight in the newly announced 2021 ENERGY STAR Canada awards for existing commercial and institutional buildings.
Kitchener

Brand new aquatic centre coming to Kitchener

Construction of a new aquatic centre at RBJ Schlegel Park will bring greater access to recreational facilities for the community of Kitchener, Ont., by way of a multi-level government investment announced today.
plastic

Canada officially lists plastic products under CEPA

Canada recently listed plastic manufactured items on Schedule 1 under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), taking a first regulatory step in addressing plastic pollution.
seismic safe school

Vancouver’s largest seismically safe school underway

Construction has begun on Eric Hamber Secondary school, the largest seismic school replacement project in Vancouver’s history.
water damage restoration standard

IICRC publishes revised water damage restoration standard

IICRC has published a newly-revised, ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration.