Barbara Carss

indoor air quality

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Forest fires pose indoor air quality challenge

Indoor air quality specialists concur that larger commercial buildings are among the better places to be when outdoor conditions are compromised since HVAC systems typically incorporate air filtration.
High-GWP refrigerants

Canadian Property Management

High-GWP refrigerants losing market share

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted new regulatory flexibility to retrofit stationary air conditioners with a refrigerant that is slated to be phased out for other cooling, refrigeration and foam blowing purposes.
live-in superintendents

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario leaves live-in superintendents exposed

For now, market demand and the goodwill of employers are still the prime determinants of superintendents' working conditions.
CRE career path

Canadian Property Management

Navigating the CRE career path

Delegates from 73 chapters in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom gathered in Toronto last week for the CREW Network 2017 Spring Leadership Summit.
building services

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
energy conservation programs

Canadian Property Management

Alberta rolls out energy conservation programs

Commercial business operators and broader public sector entities such as health care facilities, schools, universities and colleges can claim for partial refunds of applicable purchases made since March 24 of this year.
Class B and C commercial buildings

Canadian Property Management

Class B and C commercial buildings eyed for CDM

Conservation keeners and stragglers are both vital if Ontario is to meet the ambitious target to cut 7 million megawatt-hours from province-wide electricity consumption before 2021.
commercial electricity customers

Canadian Property Management

Commercial electricity customers mull decision

Newly expanded eligibility for Ontario's Industrial Conservation Initiative could be even more punitive for smaller customers on the losing side of cost redistribution.
vacant unit rebate

Canadian Property Management

Cities poised to terminate vacant unit rebate

Past, present and would-be recipients bristle at suggestions that the rebate is a subsidy or a disincentive to improve the marketability of their properties.
women in C-Suites and on boards

Canadian Property Management

CRE subpar for women in C-suites and on boards

An analysis of 62 companies reporting portfolios of at least 10 million square feet to Canadian Property Management's 2017 Who's Who in Canadian Real Estate survey finds two female CEOs, three COOs and 17 CFOs.
high-density occupancies

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Getting cozy with high-density occupancies

Accessibility, ventilation, noise mitigation and privacy have become key design concerns as office floor plans are configured, or reconfigured, to accommodate more people than past workspace norms.
electricity cost cuts

Canadian Property Management

Ontario offers unequal electricity cost cuts

An expanded perk for the industrial sector is expected to shift a greater share of Global Adjustment costs onto commercial customers, particularly those with monthly electricity loads less than 1 megawatt.
liquor laws complicate retail leases

Canadian Property Management

New B.C. liquor laws complicate retail leases

Amendments to the provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation allow all types of businesses to apply for a liquor license — potentially giving physical store locations an extra perk to counter online competition, but also increasing landlords' risks under the Occupiers Liability Act.
slip in 2016 real estate returns

Canadian Property Management

Investors see slip in 2016 real estate returns

Annual results of the REALPAC/IPD Canada Quarterly Property Index, released late last week, reveal a year of below-average performance for index participants' directly held standing assets.
real estate education

Canadian Property Management

New Canadian context for real estate education

The newly released textbook packages universal principles and domestic context into one 500+-page compendium devised to impart a grounding in real estate fundamentals, transactions and the multidisciplinary oversight of income properties.
real estate investment decisions

Canadian Property Management

A primer for real estate investment decisions

Climate volatility, energy costs and a growing backlog of required capital expenditure are projected to drive real estate investment decisions in the near and long term.
fire safety in buildings

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Tragedy accentuates fire safety in buildings

Following the recent tragic fire in Oakland, California, fire safety and legal experts are reflecting on the confluence of deliberate and inadvertent omissions that underlie most calamities.