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You might be wondering, what constitutes a condominium. It’s easy to spot the apartment-style or high-rise residences that are the major type of condominiums, we see them all across major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Mississauga. However, the term condominium actually covers many other types of formats.  Since the Condominium Act of 1998 was…

In the province of Saskatchewan it is required by law for condominiums with 12 units or more to have a reserve fund and conduct a reserve fund study (RFS). Moreover, it’s mandatory that these condominiums conduct a reserve fund study every five years.  If you’re wondering what you need to know about a reserve fund…

Surveyor instrument is for measuring level on construction site. Surveyors ensure precise measurements before undertaking large construction projects.

When buying a commercial property, it is imperative to ensure you have done proper research and due diligence on the property. It is never a bad idea to get into the real estate market, but it is good to keep in mind that buying a commercial property comes with its risks and rewards! A significant…

Two successful architects with helmets on heads walking in building in building process and talking about project thy created.

Are you looking to purchase, finance, rent, or maintain a commercial real estate building? If so, you may want to learn more about property condition assessments. If you aren’t exactly sure what it is or why it is important, then you’re in the right place! What is a property condition assessment? A Property Condition Assessment…

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…

Woman engineering working in place at job site under situation of COVID 19, working in order under control of safety regulation

Managing a building was never easy, but now during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are faced with a new challenge. You must now learn how to operate your building more effectively to prevent any virus or airborne contaminants. Where do you even begin? Criterium Jansen Engineers are building experts who have evaluated over 750,000 buildings across…

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…

High angle view of manual workers and their foreman analyzing blueprints at construction site.

When buying a new home or condominium, it’s easy to sometimes think of the builders and engineers as the bad guys: it’s you vs. them. We’re here to tell you that’s not the case! Criterium Jansen Engineers is a leading consulting engineering company With over 60 affiliate offices throughout North America, we specialize in a…

Condominium manager looking at the city skyline. The man is dressed in a suit. The view is during blue hour after sunset at the historic core of the city.

As a condominium manager, your day to day tasks can get pretty overwhelming. The best thing you can do is eliminate as many problems as possible before they even exist. Whether the condominium is in the design process or a couple of years old, having a trusted building engineer partner is crucial for maintaining your…

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…