Regulations

hydro system costs

B.C. affirms uneven split of hydro system costs

It's estimated that equitable apportionment could push residential rates 2.2 per cent higher than the proposed 1.8 per cent increase for fiscal year 2020, while commercial rates would drop and industrial rates remain the same.
Industrial properties

Ontario cues agenda for industrial properties

The action is included in a list of initiatives associated with Bill 66, the proposed Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, even though none of the bill's dozens of legislative amendments pertain to the Assessment Act.
people with disabilities

Homes not so sweet for people with disabilities

One third of survey respondents acknowledge that their homes could be problematic for residents or visitors with a disability, while more than one quarter of those who currently report a disability are planning to move.
community hubs

Private sector gains allure for community hubs

Prospective developers of community hubs will no longer get extra time to negotiate the purchase of surplus properties the Ontario government is selling.
Rollout of RHFAC

Rollout of RHFAC continues cross-Canada

Real estate operators can look to CSA-accredited professionals for guidance on making buildings more welcoming and workable for people of all abilities.
Green Energy Repeal Act

CDM mandate survives Green Energy Repeal Act

Selected provisions enabling some of Ontario's key energy and water conservation programs will be transferred to the Electricity Act.
hot weather plans

Hot weather plans get a workout in summer 2018

Workplace health and safety practitioners advise that measures to safeguard building services personnel from heat stress should be fairly straightforward.
environmental surfaces

Environmental surfaces can be infection gateway

Recently released guidelines from Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee address the cleaning and disinfecting challenges that housekeeping staff continue to face in healthcare facilities.
Energy efficiency messaging

Energy efficiency messaging reset in Ontario

Energy efficiency advocates are working to enlist broader support and leverage existing influential backers at a time when government commitment is becoming more uneven across North American jurisdictions.
retrofit incentives

Alberta retracts promised retrofit incentives

Despite information posted on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website for more than a month, commercial customers do not qualify for the new incentives announced in May 2018.
architecture school

New architecture school brings lessons to life

Students of Canada’s newest architecture school won’t have to venture far to see lessons from the classroom come to life. The latest addition to Laurentian
conservation costs

Ontario candidates overstate conservation costs

The upfront costs of Ontario's electricity conservation programs are lower than some candidates for provincial office are alleging.
public-safety facility

Public-safety facility co-locates first responders

Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Richmond North Ambulance Station is the first in a major B.C. city to bring fire and ambulance services under one roof.
construction

Construction side effects carry deadly risks

Living through construction may be a fact of life for city dwellers, but living through construction can be a fact of life and death for hospital patients.
lease

How to navigate lease extensions and renewals

Five tips for tenants as they review, negotiate and exercise lease extensions and renewals.
building services

Building services seen as precarious employment

Cleaners, security guards, parking attendants and building-specific food service workers could attain union certification through a streamlined one-step process if proposed amendments to Ontario's Labour Relations Act are adopted.
carbon neutral

Evergreen targets carbon neutrality with retrofit

Evergreen is targeting carbon neutrality in the retrofit of its heritage-designated kiln building at Toronto’s Brick Works site.