Facility Management

Surveillance testing

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Surveillance testing in schools during COVID-19

As classes resume in person, one protocol being discussed in Ontario is the deployment of surveillance technology testing to mitigate pandemic risk.
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.
funds released for school energy retrofits

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Carbon pricing bankrolls school energy retrofits

Promised allocations from the federal Climate Action Incentive Fund have been released for building envelope, lighting and HVAC system improvements.
IFMA

REMI Network

Seneca students launch new IFMA chapter 

Amidst an aging workforce, two Seneca students have launched the International Facility Management Association’s newest student chapter to help learners pursue careers in facility management.
chlorine gas release nets funds for health and safety initiatives

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Chlorine gas release warrants $150,000 fine

The Alberta court determined the fine should be directed to efforts to educate workers at the water treatment plant and ensure indoor air quality at a local health care centre.
fossil fuel

REMI Network

Biogen pledges to go fossil fuel-free by 2040

Biogen is embarking on a 20-year journey to eliminate fossil fuel emissions across its global operations and promote health equity.
certification exams

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Apprentice backlog tackles certification exams

Typically, about 1,700 candidates write certification exams for the skilled trades every month in Ontario, but COVID-19 shut down provincial testing centres last March.
Accessibility Standards Canada to conduct public consultation until Sept 25

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Accessibility Standards Canada seeks public input

The agency is mandated under the Accessible Canada Act to develop accessibility standards for all federally regulated organizations and to more widely promote accessibility and inclusiveness through research and public engagement.
embodied carbon

Canadian Facility Management & Design

An embodied carbon primer for facility managers

Facility management affects a significant component of total lifetime embodied carbon.
NRCan offers funds to implement ISO 50001 energy management standard in commercial and institutional buildings

Canadian Property Management

NRCan to fund commercial uptake of ISO 50001

Natural Resources Canada is offering subsidies to implement the ISO 50001 energy management systems standard in commercial and institutional buildings.
Indoor air quality assurance and vigilance key to building reopenings

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Indoor air quality assurance bolsters reopenings

BOMA Toronto's new HVAC Advisory Council will monitor and respond to emerging knowledge about how SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — spreads.
Nunavut undertakes low-carbon energy management project

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Nunavut undertakes low-carbon energy project

A $27-million joint Canada-Nunavut investment will underwrite retrofit measures and renewable energy installations in 45 government buildings in six communities throughout the South Baffin region
Hospital

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Virus hastens new tower at St. Michael’s Hospital

A much anticipated, and unfinished, addition to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto was fast-tracked to keep pace with a fast-moving pandemic.
Facility management

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Handling daily challenges in facility management

Staying on top of daily tasks in facility management becomes even more complicated when FMs have to plan for external circumstances beyond their control.
Sunnybrook Hospital

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Sunnybrook Hospital abuzz with beekeeping first

Sunnybrook Hospital has become the first healthcare facility in Toronto to welcome honeybees to its 100-acre property.
water quality

REMI Network

Ontario guide helps buildings restore water quality

Building owners and managers are responsible for water flushing activities to restore drinking water. Sometimes this process could take up to 12 weeks.
wellness ready

REMI Network

Quadrangle and Human Space launch Wellness Ready

Quadrangle and Human Space have launched Wellness Ready, a program to support businesses as they create healthy environments for returning occupants and customers.