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ASHRAE 90.1 adds multi-res lighting proviso
Developers of multi-residential buildings can expect more pointed direction on their lighting choices as North American jurisdictions update their building regulations. The newly released 2016 edition of the ASHRAE 90.1 standard for energy efficiency includes requirements for lighting within dwelling units.
REALPAC survey reveals disproportionate tax rates
Canadian cities have extended the ongoing trend of decreasing commercial tax rates in an effort to promote business growth, according to a new report released by REALPAC (Real Property Association of Canada).
Morguard recognized for “Best Conversion”
Morguard Corporation was recognized by Hilton with the inaugural Best Conversion for Dual Brand award for the proposed 361 Queen Street redevelopment project in downtown Ottawa.
Affordable Housing Crisis Sparks Innovation
Canada’s affordable housing crisis is escalating. Currently, 40 per cent of renters across the country spend more than 30 per cent of their before-tax income on rent and utilities, putting them at risk of being homeless. Meanwhile, population growth and the costs of home ownership continue to rise in key cities.
How to Invest for Success in a Hot Rental Market
“The rise of permanent renters,” has ignited a hot market for apartment buildings. However, investor demand far exceeds supply. There are several things borrowers need to know in order to qualify for financing and prosper in this complex, competitive real estate sector.
Putting the ‘gold’ in golden years: Maxime Camerlain, Chartwell
In the not too distant past, aging Canadians faced a grim decision over where to live out their so-called ‘golden years,’ but in 2016, the options are far less stark. Baby boomers today—a group known to be collectively healthier and more active than past generations—are choosing to live out their complete lives on their own terms.
Pure Multi-family REIT sells Texas property
Pure Multi-Family REIT announced the successful and profitable sale of Livingston Apartments, located in Plano, Texas, for gross proceeds of US $34.3 million, or US$190,555 per apartment unit.
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CaGBC to launch Zero Carbon Building Standard
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) unveiled the first phase of its Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative, which will ultimately result in the launch of a Zero Carbon Building Standard in spring 2017.
New modular apartment coming to Edmonton
Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on an affordable modular apartment development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.
Facilities slack in averting bird collisions
Collisions with buildings are a leading cause of migratory bird mortality in North America. In Canada alone, it is estimated that 25 million birds die every year because they fly into human-built structures. Preventing avian collisions in urban settings may not be a maintenance priority, but municipal bird-friendly standards are only going to get tougher.

Canada’s apartment market today
Canada’s apartment market continues to capture the attention of investors craving stability in what has become an uncertain economic backdrop. Notably, Calgary apartment market conditions have softened significantly with vacancy rising and landlords offering inducements, such as free rent, against a backdrop of a slumping economy.
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