Bee Hives: Hobbyists in your Building

I was reading some blogs about what strata councils do about habits and hobbies of neighbours in certain buildings, and I came across an interesting article about a man with tending honey bees as his interest. If you were to complain about your neighbour doing this for fun, what could the strata do for you?…

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Giving Your Strata a Little Slack

We’ve all been there. You see something wrong with your building –whether it’s a crack on the ceiling, a stove is broken, you want to install a new HVAC system  –but it seems like the manager isn’t responding the way you’d like. We understand. Sometimes, strata managers can come off as rude or disinterested, but…

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OPINION PIECE: DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

We are living in a rapidly changing world. Although some of the concerns we’ve had in the previous generations are still relevant, pressing and very real new problems are quickly creeping up. Despite having the technology, we are not directly putting ourselves close enough to the problem to see it. Complex issues such as global…

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Adding Value to Your Building

It’s no longer a secret that utility costs are rising steadily in Toronto. Let’s say that your condo association can’t effectively manage this crippling trend – what are you going to do? Most importantly, what are some meaningful things that you can do now? One of the best ways to cut costs for your condo…

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SETTING THE MOOD WITH LEDS

Most of us already know about the importance of caring for our environment and are taking steps to integrate environmentally-friendly practices in our lives. Especially in Vancouver, we’ve established a culture of recycling, minimizing waste, and overall, being more mindful consumers. However, some of these steps can be difficult and/or time-consuming, and at times, we…

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Getting rid of the itch in your home

As we have slowly come to learn since the turn of the 21st century, it has become increasingly convenient to live sustainably. Especially in Vancouver, where we live proudly as residents of the Green City, we’ve done some major changes from how we trash, to how we drive, and now, to how we stay warm….

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations For Strata Properties

If you’ve been on the roads in Vancouver lately, you’ve probably noticed a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles (EVs). EV companies, led by Tesla, have successfully introduced different models in the region over the last few years, with hundreds of people recently waiting in line to order Tesla’s new Model 3. And…

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Taking ownership of high strata fees

It’s been in the news recently about the somewhat alarming trend of strata councils in the greater Vancouver region maintaining inadequate contingency funds to cover standard operating costs and necessary future major repairs.  In addition, an editorial in the Vancouver Sun this month reported that up to half of strata councils are choosing not to…

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