Capital Upgrades & Retrofits

climate change

Are condos prepared for climate change?

While many condos haven’t yet experienced the major effects of climate change, statistics and case studies foreshadow the impacts that could come.
condo board

When a condo board becomes interim manager

When most people run for the condo board of directors, the last thing they imagine is a situation where they’re actually running the condominium.
common expense fees

Handling common expense fees during COVID-19

Over the course of the last few weeks, many condo corporations have been asking whether they can defer owners’ common expense fee (CEF) payments or
electrical system

Manager’s guide to electrical system maintenance

To plan for electrical system maintenance, it's helpful to understand how power is delivered to and distributed around the building.
meeting minutes

Keeping a condo’s meeting minutes professional

If property manager are responsible for taking the meeting minutes, editing and formatting may take a back seat to other priorities.
accessibility momentum

Accessibility tracks sustainability trajectory

Market pressure and industry competitiveness could propel accessible commercial real estate in the coming decade, much the way those complementary forces have already bolstered energy efficiency and low-carbon footprints.

Energy retrofits announced for GTA residential buildings

The Canadian government has earmarked $5.75m in grants and loans to conduct “deep energy retrofits” within four multi-residential buildings in Toronto and Hamilton.
Alberta energy efficiency programs

Alberta energy efficiency programs in question

Ontario draws on the legacy of more than a dozen years of programming, while Energy Efficiency Alberta has had little time to capture public or capital planners' attention.
charging station

A blind spot in new EV charging station rules?

The new rules that will steer the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Ontario condo properties starting next week may have a blind spot.
tax credits

Will ‘ultra-high-rises’ cost more to maintain?

The new crop of 'ultra-high-rise' condos rising in Toronto will be more complicated and consequently more costly to maintain, one engineer is warning.
Accessibility certification

Accessibility certification fills industry void

Much of the existing building stock falls short of the universal design ideal, but RHFAC can help owners/managers identify impediments to access and set priorities to address them.
lighting design

Lighting design that illuminates condo security

Lighting design can make a big difference in the safety and security of a condominium.
energy retrofits

How to start an energy-saving campaign

A property manager walks through how condo boards can combat rising utility bills by starting an energy-saving campaign.
automated doors

Automated doors aren’t just for accommodation

With automated doors on the upswing, an electrician explains how to successfully manage the installation of operators.

Five ways to curb utility costs in condominiums

Coming changes in Ontario are cause for condo corporations to curb their utility costs. An expert shares how, pointing to five energy efficiency retrofits.
CBA court challenge coalition

Repairs and maintenance vs. substantial change

Directors have a statutory duty under Ontario’s current Condominium Act to repair and maintain the common elements of a condominium. In complying with this duty, directors
Solar panels

Pros and cons of solar panels on apartments

Solar power generation is a green way to reduce energy costs. But there are pros and cons of solar panels when it comes to apartment buildings.