Building Systems

healthy

REMI Network

How to provide healthy environments & meet climate goals

Three key lessons for making buildings energy- and carbon-efficient and healthy.
reserve funds

CondoBusiness

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

CondoBusiness

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.
campus

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Campus high-rise brings health to new heights

Dingy is a word that conjures thoughts of old institutional spaces. Academic buildings with dimly-lit hallways and windowless classrooms punctured with fluorescent glare. Rarely are
Indigenous

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Indigenous voices hushed in planning processes

Indigenous communities across Canada continue to be sidelined or completely excluded from initial planning phases of new developments and renovations.
SAIT partnership

CondoBusiness

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.
CDM

CondoBusiness

Gaps flagged in new CDM programs

After 2022, companies must use their own funds to reimburse embedded energy managers, but will be offered “an enhanced level of technical support and resources.” It's a move some see as more short-sighted.
aging residential towers

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Investing in Canada’s aging residential towers

Aging residential towers are in dire need of investment, something the pandemic has underscored given the scores of frontline workers who’ve been disproportionately affected.
Edmonton Public Library

Canadian Facility Management & Design

New chapter for Edmonton Public Library

The Edmonton Public Library recently revamped its flagship branch: the Stanley A. Milner Library.
benchmarking

CondoBusiness

Why benchmarking small buildings still matters

While building codes and standards help regulate efficiency in new buildings, existing buildings have been operating with little oversight and, in fact, no insight at all into how energy and water was being used in our cities.
wood design awards

REMI Network

BOMA Canada awards industry’s best for 2020

BOMA Canada hosted its annual—and first ever virtual—National Awards Gala on October 29, 2020, marking another year for the CRE industry.
circadian lighting

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Circadian lighting improves seniors’ daily routines

Circadian lighting plays a special role in facilities management as long-term care homes and schools increasingly look to enhance wellbeing among seniors and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
ventilation

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Air ventilation in multi-residential buildings

Achieving a healthy indoor environment begins with proper air ventilation, especially as buildings become more airtight. Kevin Smith explains the various systems available today.
zero carbon

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Blazing a trail for zero carbon in Nova Scotia

The zero carbon project marks an evolution in warehouses and, more broadly, the potential for a lower-emitting industrial sector.
climate change

CondoBusiness

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.
Building an organic smart building from the bottom up could be easier than a top-down model

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Open protocols could nurture organic smart city

Abandonment of the Sidewalk Labs project proposed for Toronto is unfortunate, but it serves as an important lesson that building a smart city from the top down is hard.
LEED Platinum

CondoBusiness

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