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EPIC 2017: A huge success!

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

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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GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 on sustainability benchmark

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GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 on sustainability benchmark

The Global Real Estate Benchmark (GRESB), which evaluates and ranks the sustainability practices of real estate companies, has named GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 in Canada. The benchmark is used by the investor community to better understand real estate companies’ environmental, social and governance activities and the sustainability performance of their portfolios. “We view the management of environmental, social and governance factors as part of our duty to our clients, being important to...

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A Modern Spin

Posted in Finance, Housing, Laundry, Newsworthy, Technology, Utility Management

A Modern Spin

Technology is so much a part of our lives that we don’t often notice how much we interact. For instance, have you noticed how many apps you have on your phone and use each day? That’s just one example. This begs the question, why are there still property owners who have not upgraded their laundry facilities to more modern equipment that can turn their laundry facilities into an amenity residents can interact with and appreciate. Increase capacity Let’s be honest, laundry isn’t ever going to be...

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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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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

The transition to a low carbon economy could take many paths. Hydrocarbon fuels have been part of our lives for decades, taking civilization from an economy built around wood and coal to one far more affordable and and efficient, with an increased quality of life. While oil and gas will continue as part of Canada’s energy mix for some time to come, the transition to a lower carbon future is inevitable. Four energy futurists share their visions on what that transition could look like. David...

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Lower your energy bills

Posted in Appraisal, Communications, Finance, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Retrofit, Utility Management

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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Green-Collar Workers Will Help Shape Canada’s Next-Gen Cities

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Green-Collar Workers Will Help Shape Canada’s Next-Gen Cities

We are on the verge of yet another pivotal moment in our nation’s infrastructure history — one that is sure to again shape our future economy. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure — and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy would have developed very differently were it not for the construction of a transcontinental railway just fourteen years after Confederation in 1867. In the afterglow of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the country and...

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An ideal case study on reducing water consumption

Posted in Finance, Housing, Interior Building, Janitorial, Maintenance, Suite Renovations, Utility Management

An ideal case study on reducing water consumption

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) oversees a large number of residences — approximately 14,800 units in 164 communities. In each one, OCH is responsible for covering the cost of water. Until recently, this was an especially burdensome expense, making up 43% of OCH’s utility costs. The communities’ 16,000 toilets accounted for the majority of the water use. Many units still had original fixtures — some nearly 40 years old. And there was little standardization in either the toilets or the shower...

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Community Laundry Rooms are getting a Makeover

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Community Laundry Rooms are getting a Makeover

Canada is hopping. The economy is stronger than ever and growing. The large millennial population is ready for home ownership. And home prices continue to rise. However, higher prices may mean a good portion of this millennial group may be renting for a longer period of time than normal before becoming first-time homebuyers. Now add to the equation a multi-housing market that is starting to see new construction. Bottom line – owners of apartment properties need to make sure locations are...

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Up to 25% of heating energy escapes from multi-residential buildings

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Up to 25% of heating energy escapes from multi-residential buildings

Most multi-residential buildings are very leaky (not airtight), with 20 to 25% of heating energy simply seeping away. As a result, air leakage has a significant impact on annual space heating and cooling costs as well as peak energy demand. Furthermore, leakage is greatest during the coldest periods of the year. In fact, during the winter, air leakage can account for 40% of a building’s overall heating bill. Air leakage can also have a significant impact on a building’s envelope. Moisture...

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