Security & Life Safety
Building failures of this horrific scope are seldom seen in North America. But it is important to examine what happened so we can learn and prevent similar collapses in the future.
A few Toronto-based condos authorized a “safety and security” committee, made up of owners, to research security concerns and solutions and advise the board of directors.
An increasing number of condos within the last two months have implemented mandatory vaccination policies, which apply to indoor common element amenity users and on-site employees.
Maintaining residents’ privacy is nothing new in condos, but optional vaccine policies are bringing more relevance to the issue of anonymity. .
The combination of improved suppression and ignition source depletion has reduced the risk of fire-related fatalities within residential high-rises, and all dwellings in general, since 1980.
As appealing as old buildings are, they do present some unique challenges for residents. Often, these aging developments hang on to old processes.
One of the biggest trends in the multi-unit residential market is using mobile devices to manage access.
Technology is revolutionizing the way condo buildings operate and positively impacting the lives of residents and managers.
What security and privacy threats should condo communities watch out for due to the rise of internet-connected smart home devices?
As society ushers in an era of smart home technology that is more adaptable and efficient, some developers are pushing this to the top of a pile of conveniences.
Security cameras should be located in such a manner that they do not record activities outside the condominium’s property line.
How would this scenario unfold in Ontario? Leaving aside the construction process itself, there are vast differences between Ontario and Florida condominium laws that would have given the Champlain towers significant added protections following registration.
For condo buildings built in the 1980’s or 1990’s, there is likely a window project coming up in the reserve fund study.
The pandemic has altered an interesting and often overlooked item in the budget, which is not a cost at all, but a loss of revenue.
The insurance crisis in condominiums is affecting how boards are planning for disasters in Ontario.
Should the corporation move forward with certain maintenance repairs if the issue has the potential to become exponentially worse?
Ontario is kicking the dust off of elevator repair legislation, which was passed under the Liberal government in May 2018 but never proclaimed into law.