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IAQ standards dissect freshness of outdoor air

Newly released updates to the ASHRAE standards for ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial and residential buildings underscore that outdoor air is not necessarily synonymous with freshness. Guidance related to natural ventilation, particulate filtration and compartmentalization of multi-residential HVAC systems is prominent in the list of identified “significant changes” compared to the 2016 version of the standards.


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Building Envelope Condition Assessments

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When it rains, it pours 

On Aug. 7, 2018, 45 minutes of torrential rain caused extensive flooding within the Greater Toronto Area. With stormwater systems overwhelmed and property damages climbing, FirstOnSite Restoration was soon called to action.  »READ MORE

Ontario could lift pesticide ban in cemeteries

The Ontario government is considering allowing cemeteries to resume pesticide use, but proposed amendments to the provincial Pesticides Act will have little impact on landscaping and grounds-keeping on commercial and residential properties. »READ MORE

Alberta won’t rescue energy efficiency programs

It’s hard to miss Energy Efficiency Alberta’s message in the wake of the recent cancellation of provincially funded energy efficiency programs. The move concludes the process begun five months ago when the newly elected United Conservative Party (UCP) government repealed the carbon tax and eliminated the funding source for the incentives, but the provincial agency stressed a critical qualifier as it delivered the news. »READ MORE

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