Green Design

reserve funds

Reserve funds ignore climate target impacts

We should be asking our reserve fund planners to look at the Paris accord target dates and compare the end-of-life replacement of our gas-burning appliances against the target dates.
EV

Scanning the road ahead for EV-ready condos

As the country moves to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, questions are brewing among people living in multi-unit dwellings.
SAIT partnership

Digging into the coming geothermal boom

While the relevance of geothermal has been percolating for years, the buzz is that more developers are starting to pay attention.
renovation

How to avoid a DIY renovation disaster

The renovation work should aim to improve the property and make it more accessible for residents and visitors.
residential

Six women shaping Canada’s residential spaces

Women developers, architects and interior designers are helping to manifest just a few of the country’s most dynamic condos and communities.
curb appeal

Condo landscaping tips for curb appeal

Careful planning and high and low-design cost options will quickly transform any curb-appeal project into improved real estate value.
sustainability plan

Creating a condo sustainability plan for 2021

A sustainability plan and budget should be made with the mindset of plan and prevent, instead of react and pivot.
fall-planted bulbs

The bright idea behind fall-planted bulbs

Plugging fall-planted bulbs into the right design will illuminate them to their fullest and brightest potential in the spring landscape.
Condo design

Condo design takes cue from commercial facilities

Designers and developers foresee a greater turn towards health and wellness in the condo design of tomorrow.
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.
concrete repair

Steps for a solid concrete repair plan

When planning a concrete repair, develop a long-range master landscape plan that includes replacement trees that will have less impact over time.
LEED Platinum

Energy efficiency powers condo to LEED Platinum

Perched on the edge of the waterfront, south of the Distillery District near Sugar Beach, Toronto’s first LEED Platinum high-rise condo stands in the Bayside
Colliers

Windows and doors in the net-zero frame

A wider selection of high-performance windows and doors is expected to hit the market as Canada's National Energy Code continues to push the envelope toward net-zero-energy-ready development.
wood-frame development

T.O.’s debut six-storey wood-frame development

Heartwood the Beach Condos, due to enter construction this spring, is likely to become Toronto’s debut six-storey wood-frame development.

Canary Park condos prepared for Pan Am Games

The Canary Park condos are nearly ready to be turned over to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games organizers for fit-up for the athletes, coaches
alberta

Ontario revisiting wood-frame building rules

Ontario is looking at permitting wood-frame building construction up to six-storeys tall in its proposed building code changes.
Metrogate Park in Toronto

The benefits of urban parks

The economic and environmental benefits of urban parks are many. But as demand for land rises, cities must be creative when building new spaces.