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EPIC 2017: A huge success!

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EPIC 2017: A huge success!

On Monday November 6th 2017 our industry was witness to the highly successful, informative, new and innovative show that brought LCD’s, Owners and trades together for a true insight on how to take advantage of industry incentive programs. RHB Magazine was the media sponsor of Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017, which showcases active energy programs within the City of Toronto, in addition to rebates and incentives that help building owners and managers, as well as engineers...

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Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Elevators, Events, Exterior Building, Finance, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Legislation, Maintenance, Media Releases, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Restoration, Retrofit, Roofing, Suite Renovations, Technology, Utility Management

Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017

MINGO Rally presents: The Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC), Toronto   ONE FOCUS. ONE GOAL. Did you know that more than tens of $millions of energy incentives are available to building owners every year? Navigating the variety of energy programs and incentives available to apartment owners can be overwhelming and intimidating. EPIC – The Energy Programs and Incentives Conference, showcases active energy programs within the City of Toronto, along with their incentives...

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Lower your energy bills

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Lower your energy bills

  Upgrading to more energy-efficient natural gas equipment is easy and cost effective. Add in incentive programs, and your company can see an accelerated payback on your investment. Here’s an example of how Ontario multi-unit residential property managers are able to earn a return on investment and reduce their natural gas bill through incentive programs. The Situation A property management company in Ontario wanted to increase the energy efficiency of three multi-unit residential...

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No blank cheque for Toronto’s housing repair backlog, new minister says

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No blank cheque for Toronto’s housing repair backlog, new minister says

MPP Peter Milczyn is a former Toronto councillor. Mayor John Tory has warned that hundreds of community housing units may because $1.73 billion in repairs are needed. Ontario will not be handing Mayor John Tory a “blank cheque” to deal with a backlog of repairs needed in crumbling Toronto Community Housing units, says the new minister of housing. The province is waiting to see Toronto’s plan to reconfigure the agency before any money is forked over, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn said...

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Converting an old factory into new affordable housing

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Converting an old factory into new affordable housing

A former factory building that closed in 1990 has reopened in 2015 as a new, bright and comfortable 54-unit residence. Managed by Indwell, a local charity, Harvey Woods Lofts provides affordable housing and a measure of independence to low-income residents living with mental illnesses or other disabilities, who require housing with supports. For residents like Dennis, the new housing is helping him to create a better life. “I was homeless, sometimes crashing on people’s couches, sometimes on...

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Building owners have work to do on accessibility

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Building owners have work to do on accessibility

Story by: Chad Griffiths Most businesses, owners and property managers are aware of laws, building codes and bylaws designed to better accommodate those with disabilities. However, from my own experience, there’s still a lot of progress that needs to be made on accessibility. I recently had a reconstructive foot surgery that confined me to a wheelchair for the first couple of weeks and crutches for a further six weeks. In no way whatsoever will I suggest that this temporary situation was...

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Ontario Government Announces an Energy Retrofit Incentive Program for the Rental Housing Sector

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Ontario Government Announces an Energy Retrofit Incentive Program for the Rental Housing Sector

On May 25th, 2016, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Ted McMeekin, and the Minister of Energy, the Honourable Glen Murray, announced a new Energy Retrofit incentive program that will provide up to $400 million in rebates or grants for private residential apartment buildings for the purchase and installation of energy efficient technologies such as boiler replacements and lighting retrofits. This announcement is part of the government’s Climate Change Action...

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How Cloud-Based Technology can Save Maintenance Teams Time and Money

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How Cloud-Based Technology can Save Maintenance Teams Time and Money

By Tim Blackwell  | Property Management Insider New tool technology is exceeding traditional definitions of improvements to the power tools that build and maintain multifamily housing. High-tech and blue-tooth enabled tools are not only designed to ease the chores of drilling, sawing and affixin’ but also save time and money. Cloud-Based Technology is Making Maintenance Mobile Tools have come a long way since the introduction of the electric motor in the 1880s that made possible today’s...

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The tricky business of repurposing Montreal’s religious buildings

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The tricky business of repurposing Montreal’s religious buildings

Story by: BERTRAND MAROTTE | The Globe and Mail For some Montreal real estate developers, selling sanctuary can be hell. In these secularizing times, Montreal’s plentiful stock of centrally located religious buildings suitable for repurposing as condos or for other uses would appear to represent a Holy Grail of opportunity for developers. But a rising chorus of critics says too many promoters are eager to sacrifice this rich architectural, spiritual and community heritage on the altar of...

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NEW MONEY FROM OLD: “REPOSITIONING” YOUR PORTFOLIO

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NEW MONEY FROM OLD: “REPOSITIONING” YOUR PORTFOLIO

Story by: Joe Hoffer | Cohen Highley LLP Buying properties, giving them a major face lift, and re-selling them based on their increased value is a common investment strategy of real estate developers and investors. The value of apartment buildings is dependent on income, so to increase value you need to increase net income. Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is rife with rent control rules designed to prohibit or restrict increases in revenue. Lawyers who fail to properly advise...

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