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New homes under construction

Purchasing a new home can be an overwhelming and scary process. From big financial decisions and mortgage evaluations to home touring and inspections, there’s a lot that goes into buying a home. Then, there’s the age-old debate of new home vs. existing build. While we love buildings of all shapes, sizes and ages, one of…

If you own or represent a building that is 50,000 square feet or larger, it’s time to start thinking about writing a report on your building’s energy and water usage for the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) regulation. The EWRB, first announced in 2016, was designed to improve energy and water efficiency in…

Engineer conducting inspection with drone.

From mechanical arms assisting doctors in surgery to drones delivering online shopping packages, technology is quickly transforming how we work in every field. Every industry is maximizing their potential with new and exciting programs and machinery, and the engineering and building inspection sector is no exception. At Criterium Jansen Engineer, we are always reading up…

A condo hallway

Condominium property managers, along with condo boards and service contractors, play a big role in keeping condos in peak condition. Condo corporations are responsible for the ongoing maintenance and repairs of anything beyond the boundaries of individual units, which include parking garages, gardens, hallway lights, elevators, swimming pools and more. Why Regular Scheduled Maintenance and…

Couple holding buckets to catch water leak from condo above

Inspections are crucial when determining the safety, reliability and soundness of any structure, whether you own it, manage it, rent it, are looking to sell or purchase it. This is especially true when it comes to searching for troubling water leaks that can cause significant problems. As plumbing systems in condominium buildings are largely connected,…

Engineers shaking hands over blueprints

Criterium-Jansen Engineers welcomes James Rammos, who joins our Professional Engineering team today. “Jim’s wealth of experience expands our technical knowledge and services to even better serve our client’s challenges” – Henry Jansen With over 26 years of experience in engineering and building science, project management, and engineering management, James Rammos is dedicated to performing and…

Drafting tools on a blueprint

Criterium-Jansen Engineers welcomes Liana Di Ilio, who joined our team this month. “Liana is very detailed oriented. She will become a key resource for keeping our projects on-track” – Henry Jansen As a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Environmental Engineering program, Liana is passionate about our planet, eco-friendly solutions, residential design, life cycle analysis and…

A University of Toronto building

Christian Pavlidis is far from your average civil engineering student minoring in engineering business and sustainable energy; she’s pushing boundaries with experiential learning, is working full time at Criterium-Jansen Engineers, and is already making a name for herself – all before having walked the University of Toronto convocation stage. How is she managing it all?…

What You Need to Know About Professional Building Engineers & When To Hire Them

While Canada has established some standards for home inspections, the building inspection industry is still largely unregulated in our great nation. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the profound value of hiring a building engineer with the highest level of expertise and credentials. Learn more about building engineers and when to hire them below: What…

A Cityscape during sunset

A condo manager is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of their building, ensuring everything is in proper working order. Property managers must also supervise staff, perform administrative work, and follow up with condo fees and payments. It’s then not surprising that is no easy task to manage large, high-rise condominium buildings, filled with tenants who…

Skyline of condominiums in distance, water and island in front

Have you ever wondered about Tarion Guidelines, processes, and implications to maintenance? In this article, Henry Jansen, President of Criterium-Jansen Engineers, provides a high-level overview of what condo corporations, engineers, and building managers need to be aware of: Background on Tarion Tarion is a third party agency which administers the New Home Warranties Plan Act…

Real estate agent speaking to a building inspector

Are you a real estate agent looking for building inspection partners who will help to ensure your homebuyers receive the best and most reliable service? With your reputation on the line during your clients’ buying experience, contact the professionals at Criterium-Jansen for commercial or residential building inspections that are stress-free and guaranteed. Why work consistently…

Female engineer stands in front of a building under construction

As with many other industries, the engineering industry has adapted to recruit and provide engaging opportunities for the next generation of great engineering students – millennials. And at Criterium-Jansen Engineers, we’re always looking for passionate young people who are eager to embark on a rewarding and challenging career in building engineering. What does an engineer…

Condominium building - 11 Things You Need to Know About Condo Air Quality

If you live in an apartment or condominium building, one concern you may know all too well is the fear of poor air quality. You may find the air in your building: Dry or stale Smokey Smelly Humid and moist Too hot or too cold Hard to breathe in However, it might bring you some…

Building envelope (aka building enclosure) is the area of architecture, engineering, and design that determines a shelter’s ability to maintain proper climate control.

Are you freezing in your office all winter long? Are you and your co-workers too hot in the summer? If your air conditioners and heating units are working and set appropriately, but you’re still experiencing these issues, the problem may be an improper building enclosure design. What is a Building Envelope? A building envelope (aka…

Exterior of a condo building

Did you know? The Condominium Act, active since 1998, requires that all condominiums have a reserve fund. In addition, it is mandatory that these funds be reviewed and studied every three years to ensure compliance and accuracy.  Curious to learn more about reserve funds and the importance of an engineer-inspected reserve fund study? We’ve collected the following insights of…