Is Your Building Accessible?

How to Make Your Building More Accessible

Renovating for Accessibility With the advent of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA) in 2005, the design and functional requirements of commercial and public spaces started to change. Many municipalities have devised Accessibility Plans to phase in the many requirements for making commercial and public spaces more accessible for all patrons. While being mandated …

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Energy Efficiency for Existing Commercial Buildings

There is abundant information on the construction of new efficient buildings. Of course that’s a great thing to do, but what about the energy efficiency of older buildings? Sure, everyone is trying to change your light bulbs but beyond that, information grows scant. We think there’s value in looking deeper into older buildings too. In …

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gloss paint finish

There’s More to Paint Than Colour

Usually when you think of paint, it’s all about the colour. Have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re choosing the right type of paint for your store or office interior? Many people default to “eggshell finish please” and don’t give it another thought. Here’s a story about what using the wrong paint finish can …

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Incorrect application of wall penetration for fire stop

Fire Stop Done Wrong

Recently we received a call from a building owner who was having trouble getting his vacant unit to pass a City Inspector’s Inspection for fire separation. The owner had already had two contractors in working on this job and it was still failing the inspection. Needless to say he was a little frustrated and unsure …

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asbestos

Asbestos: Ignorance is Not Bliss

If you are the owner of a commercial building constructed or renovated up to the early 1990’s, chances are good that some of your building materials contained some form of asbestos. The most common materials that could contain asbestos are: ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, mechanical insulation, and fire proofing compounds.