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October 3, 2017
Office buildings urged to be facilitators of change
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Creative programming can add value to properties in an increasingly competitive leasing environment, but such unique elements aren’t at the forefront of the office sector, which is predominately ruled by traditional concepts. Such is a mindset that has to evolve, according to a panel of industry insiders who recently spoke at the Real Estate Leasing & Strategy Conference in downtown Toronto.
BOMA Canada awards industry's best
The Canadian commercial real estate industry gathered in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto last night for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada National Awards gala.
Toronto strives among successful world cities
Toronto is gaining status as a global player. A new report from JLL groups it with 10 “contenders” in a penultimate tier of successful world cities pushing up against the alpha “big seven” of London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul.
It's Time to Rethink Vinyl Flooring
Forget what you remember about your grandmother’s vinyl. Thanks to cutting-edge materials, contemporary designs, and advanced production techniques, the vinyl flooring of yesteryear has been replaced with a more resilient, healthier, and visually dynamic successor that is making a comeback in commercial and residential properties across the country.
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Taking Energy Saving Actions for Ontario's Cap and Trade
Ontario's cap and trade program is voluntary for low-end emitters, but participation is mandatory for electricity importers, large-scale fuel suppliers, and facility or natural gas distributors that emit more than 25,000 tonnes of GHGs per year. As such, while many cap and trade participants will reap rewards from the program, large-scale emitters will be subject to expenses that will be absorbed through higher service rates to their customers – property manager included.
Nova Centre to get major connectivity boost
When the Nova Centre development in downtown Halifax is complete, it will be one of the most technologically connected commercial hubs in Atlantic Canada, spanning two city blocks.
Energy storage enables low-carbon power
Industry insiders speaking at the Energy Storage Canada conference in Toronto celebrated technological advances, but stressed that viable, steady revenue will be needed to propel the technology into the mainstream.

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Allied and Westbank announce plans for 19 Duncan
The partners have pre-leased the office space in the development, but will not lease the rental-residential space until construction is completed, which is scheduled for early 2021.
Employee health changing workplace design: report
The Well Workplace report maps out the major trends, opportunities and challenges of the future facing owners and occupiers of commercial office space due to the growing demand for healthy workplaces.
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A new report by the Canada Green Building Council reveals that retrofitting a specific number of large buildings with the greatest potential to reduce carbon could help achieve a 30 per cent (and potentially 51 per cent) building emissions reduction by 2030.
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ICYMI: Climate risk raises stranded asset potential
Fire and flood created an ominous backdrop for real estate investment in the spring and summer of 2017 as natural calamities engulfed or inundated billions of dollars worth of property in North America and beyond. Read More »

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