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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Toronto welcomes first LEED Platinum office tower

Toronto welcomes first LEED Platinum office tower

Tridel’s Metrogate community achieved LEED Silver certification in the Neighbourhood Development program. Other Tridel communities (Accolade, Verve) made LEED Gold. All new buildings are Built Green, to Tridel’s own sustainable building standard.  Toronto is to get its first LEED Platinum office building, and it will join a growing number of buildings, residential and commercial, that are achieving the distinction.… Continue Reading

Real estate professionals think houses in Canada are overvalued: survey

Real estate professionals think houses in Canada are overvalued: survey

Participants at a gathering of real estate professionals in Toronto have added their voice to those of prominent regulators, such as finance minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who believe that consumer debt in Canada is a problem that needs to be dealt with, and that residential property is overvalued. At… Continue Reading

Why are female architects so rare?

Why are female architects so rare?

Would the cities of the world look different if women designed them? We can’t know for sure, because by far most of the world’s architects are men, and always have been. Think of a famous architect, from ancient Greece to our own day—Ictinos and Callicrates (the Parthenon in Athens), Bernini, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo (the Italian… Continue Reading

New organic product keeps produce 2–4 times longer in your fridge

New organic product keeps produce 2–4 times longer in your fridge

FreshPaper, seen here with strawberries, contains organic compounds derived from the spice fenugreek and others, and inhibits the growth of mould and bacteria on fresh produce, prolonging the shelf life by 2–4 times. A remarkable new product that keeps produce fresh in your fridge is creating quite a lot of buzz. Anything that works to… Continue Reading

Living in a San Francisco Condominium

Living in a San Francisco Condominium

Member post by Rebecca Jones The first time I saw my condominium, I was very excited to move in. I’d always lived in houses and like many others I dreamed of apartment living. Overall, I had a very positive experience in my condominium. In fact, I would not hesitate to move into another apartment if… Continue Reading

Why didn’t I think of that?

Why didn’t I think of that?

A selection of cool inventions that deal with a variety of everyday problems we present for your amusement.  Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel is also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. Dave Barry… Continue Reading

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Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Reader Question “I have one concern that is up coming and both Property Management Corp and the Board of Directors should address: it is the legalization of marijuana. With that, every household can grow 4 plants at home. However, if we allow growth of marijuana in a condo unit, the damage could be vast; affecting…

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printing is not new to the construction industry, although a new development from Apis Cor may make it more practical for some applications such as low-cost housing in Municipalities. Unlike older 3D printers, which run on tracks inside “factories” to produce components, the Apis Cor is the first 3D printer that is mobile enough…

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