BSG Articles


The Cause of Backdrafts
Published on September 24, 2018

Some of your home’s problems are more obvious than others, but that doesn’t always make them easier to decipher. Take those blackened smoke stains above your woodstove, or your fireplace, as an example – or that strange white substance that is forming on top of your water heater. These could be symptoms of backdraft (no, not that movie from ‘91 about firefighters – although, backdrafting has become synonymous with explosions and out of control fires). Still, there’s something we can’t see that’s also a dangerous by-product of backdraft, and that’s carbon monoxide. This is why finding the cause of backdrafts in a home is crucial to your health and safety.

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Condo Living and Cannabis: A Complex Human Rights Issue
Published on September 20, 2018

The condo board of Applewood Place in Mississauga, ON. is currently facing a complex issue regarding the spread of cannabis smoke, and one resident’s deadly allergy. As cannabis approaches legalization on October 17th, a concerned and allergic resident, Adele Schroder, has noticed that cannabis smoke is already leaking into the hallways and the ventilation system; presenting her with a serious health risk.

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Governor of California Commits to 100% Clean Energy by 2045
Published on September 19, 2018

The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill that requires the state of California to have all electricity be powered from carbon-free sources by 2045. This bill marks California as the largest global economy committing to 100% clean energy so far, and sends a clear message that the state supports the Paris agreement to combat climate change. This bill is in opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the agreement, due to concerns that it would hurt the economy.

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Toronto and 18 Other Cities Worldwide Commit to Making New Buildings Net Zero Carbon by 2030
Published on September 18, 2018

According to the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), a building nets zero carbon if it is, “highly energy efficient and fully powered by on-site and/or off site renewable energy sources.” With global temperature increasing worldwide, 19 different cities and their leaders have agreed to work together in an attempt to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5℃. This commitment was formulated out of the notion that over half of a city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings in urban areas. As a result, looking to eliminate some of those emissions becomes crucial in order to preserve the integrity of our environment in the future.

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Cannabis Smells
Published on September 17, 2018

Cannabis will soon be legalized in Ontario, but what does this mean for condo owners and people renting apartments? There is already some concern over cannabis odour bothering neighbours. Finding the causes for this can put hep put an end to the concern.

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New Residential Construction and Airtightness Testing
Published on August 28, 2018

Proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code and SB-12 regarding mandatory airtightness testing for new residential construction are slated for 2020 and 2022. It is really no longer a question of “if” but more of a “when”. There will be two phases that home builders will need to be aware of – and ready for.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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