Canada's Condominium Magazine

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Even supercomputers are going green, competing for energy-efficiency honours

Even supercomputers are going green, competing for energy-efficiency honours

Upon learning that a pair of NVIDIA-powered supercomputers had taken the top two spots on the Green500 list, published today, making them the two most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, we wondered what that meant. The two supercomputers, it turns out, are powered by NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, and the first-place winner, called Eurora,… Continue Reading

Renewable energy will surpass natural gas, nuclear in 5 years: report

Renewable energy will surpass natural gas, nuclear in 5 years: report

[highlight]International Energy Agency report forecasts hydro, wind and solar will provide 25 per cent of world’s electricity[/highlight] The generation of power from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will exceed that from natural gas and double the output from nuclear by 2016. The International Energy Agency reported yesterday at a conference in New York… Continue Reading

Tips for decorating your balcony for the summer

Tips for decorating your balcony for the summer

Maybe you don’t use your balcony—apparently most people don’t. And that’s a shame, especially now that summer is here. The balcony can be such a wonderful extension of the living space. With just a little imagination, you can turn that bland concrete and glass strip into something really special. The basic requirements for any balcony… Continue Reading

City trees clean the air and save lives: study

City trees clean the air and save lives: study

Everyone “knows” in a general sort of way that trees and other plants are good for the environment, especially dense urban environments like Toronto. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and give back oxygen, which we breathe. It’s absolutely fundamental: we couldn’t live without them. But trees do more than just pump out oxygen, and now, for… Continue Reading

Moderation, slight growth ahead for new housing starts in Canada

Moderation, slight growth ahead for new housing starts in Canada

The pace of new homebuilding in Canada will pick up later this year and even more so next year, says the country’s national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Total housing starts for the year 2013 will be lower in all provinces than in 2012, but CMHC predicts that they will trend “slightly higher”… Continue Reading

Development charges on new construction could double in Toronto

Development charges on new construction could double in Toronto

Last month, Metrolinx, the crown agency that oversees transit in the GTA, proposed a relatively modest 15 per cent increase in development charges as one of its “revenue tools” for funding transit expansion in the region. That increase would bring in an additional $100 million, the Metrolinx report said. The building industry was quick to… Continue Reading

Other Popular Stories

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…

SHARE WITH US

Subscribe to condo.ca

@ 2017 condo.ca  |  Designed by Persona Corp