Fossil-fuel-fired cogeneration systems are losing their status as clean energy equipment for the purpose of Canada’s accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) tax incentive. While the newly released 2021 federal budget commits $142 million over five years to immediately expand the list of capital investments that qualify for the special tax measures, it also names various combined heat and power (CHP) applications that will be delisted after 2023.
Building durability is affected by many factors, exposure to the elements being the primary culprit. Moisture and decay caused by rain, heat, wind, snow and extreme temperature fluctuations make location and the surrounding weather conditions key considerations for determining the right products and materials to use during construction or renovation. » READ MORE
Raising the alarm: The need for certified fire safety support
Avoidable disasters and regulatory changes have underscored the need for stronger fire prevention measures in recent years. And for building owners and property managers, this means applying extra due diligence when adopting the fire safety systems, training, and certified professionals to keep occupants safe. » READ MORE
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Community buildings targeted for retrofit funds
Two distinct, but complementary new federal programs are promising funds for community buildings. They offer varied project streams for somewhat different but often overlapping proponents, but both are focused on meeting GHG reduction targets. » READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pandemic propels healthy building momentum
A recent global survey of commercial real estate asset managers finds that COVID-19 has intensified pressure to support physical, social and emotional well-being within the built environment, but that many investors, owners and managers were already embracing healthy building principles ahead of pandemic-triggered challenges. » READ MORE