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Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

When it comes to fire safety, high-rise buildings must be specially equipped to prevent a disaster from occurring.  Without proper fire emergency systems in your high-rise building, a minor incident could rapidly escalate into a major tragedy. To protect your building and ensure the safety of occupants, strict guidelines must be followed by building staff.  Regular inspections are an absolute must to ensure these guidelines are being followed, keeping your building safe.  Here are the most common requirements for fire emergency systems in high-rise buildings:  Elevators are to be controlled by a keyed switch  A designated firefighter’s elevator must be present in the building  Smoke shaft, exhaust system and/or windows must act as means of ventilation from each floor area to outdoors  Sprinklers must be installed throughout the building; see this post for sprinkler valve inspection requirements In the event that any of the fire alarm and sprinkler systems are off-line for

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Emergency Power Systems

Emergency Power Systems

Emergency power systems, such as generators, must be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with their manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual as well as standards and legislation laid out in the “Emergency Electrical Power Supply for Buildings” CAN/CSA C282, 6.7.1 NFC & OFC.  Emergency power systems are expensive assets and are critical to maintaining safe building operation in the event of a power failure. With this in mind, there are several inspection points, tests and data that must be collected and recorded on a regular basis.  Here are some general guidelines for emergency power system inspections and maintenance:  Overall  Equipment must be tested and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual Maintenance work must be logged and kept in accordance with the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instruction manual; logs must include: date work was completed, record of parts replace

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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

Jonathan Ramos, Operations Manager for Kevric Real Estate Corporation, oversees 1.2 million square feet of Class A office buildings and indoor parking facilities. We met up with him to ask for his insights on Tap Report's use in Commercial Property Real Estate. What do you use Tap Report for? We are using Tap Report for several applications such as security patrols, cleaning inspections, joint health and safety committee (JHSC) inspections, mechanical equipment logs, chemical tests, sustainability readings, parking lot inspections, incident reports and fire watch. As a manager, what do you find most valuable about Tap Report? The product allows us to keep track of all the moving parts in the building and provide a centralized platform with 7 years of history. It is the easiest way to move to paperless inspections and ensure that the inspections are completed on time. What do your staff like most about using Tap Report? The simplicity is the most valuable quality of the a

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Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Escalators should be inspected daily during startup and shutoff to reduce hazards. The Canadian Standards Association’s CSA B44 sets out safety standards for elevators and escalators. Things you should look for during your inspections: Ensure obstructions are not lodged in the gaps between the step and side panel (“skirt”) If your escalator infrastructure is aging, consider adding brushes to the side panel to stop objects and shoes from getting caught Apply friction-reducing product to the side panel monthly if your escalator is an older model Ensure areas where passengers mount and dismount (landing/comb plates) are clear of obstructions Ensure landing/comb plates and step edges are painted yellow for accessibility Ensure adequate lighting on landings/comb plates and steps Ensure there are not broken “teeth” on the steps Ensure proper signage is installed and visible i.e. strollers and carts are prohibited signage Check for unusual noises and vibrations  Ensure the esca

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Digital Inspections ROI

Digital Inspections ROI

Digitizing inspections come with many benefits such as eliminating paper work and storage, ensuring compliance, and reducing labour costs. So how much do you really save? To answer this question, we broke workplace inspections and documentation processes into 3 main components: Paperwork and storage Ensuring compliance Labour costs Paperwork and Storage A popular method for inspecting locations/equipment is with pen and paper. Workers sign a paper tag at the location/equipment, then fill out a log sheet which is later submitted to the manager for review/action and eventually ends up in storage. When diving into the numbers, we found that the paperwork costs associated with inspections can really add up. We used data from our existing clients, who include hospitals, storage facilities, factories and commercial properties to determine the costs of paperwork associated with manual inspections. We used 500 locations/equipment with inspections on a monthly basis as a cons

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Is Your Fire Watch Program Up To Code?

Is Your Fire Watch Program Up To Code?

What is a Fire Watch? In Canada and the US, there are regulations such as the the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and jurisdictional Fire Codes that require buildings equipped with fire alarm systems and sprinkler systems to be fully operational at all times. In the event that any of these systems are off-line for any reason whatsoever, or there is the presence of Hot Works being performed, a Fire Watch inspection program is to be implemented immediately. A Fire Watch inspection program is the regular, physical inspection of the area to ensure a fire does not start. This inspection should be completed once every hour. A Fire Watch inspection program needs to be implemented if there are life safety systems that are offline and/or there is Hot Works being performed.  Hot Works Info    Did you know? [i] Hot Works is defined as any process involving flame, spark or heat production. This includes work such as cutting, welding, soldering, grinding etc. The Fire W

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What is PropTech?

What is PropTech?

PropTech is a newer term used to describe technology solutions geared towards disrupting the real estate sector. Other terms used to describe this type of technology solutions include CRE Tech, RealTech and ConTech.  PropTech is very broad as it includes real estate, leasing, appraisals, residential property management, commercial property management, the sharing economy, smart cities/buildings, construction, RegTech and even FinTech.  Within PropTech, companies are using innovative technology to change/enhance the existing ways of doing things and to address problems or gaps within the industry. These technology solutions are leveraging things like:  Big data & analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robotic automation Digital capabilities Internet of Things (IoT) Virtual Reality (VR) Payment/transaction/lending technology Blockchain technology  Some of the main areas that PropTech focuses on are:  Building/asset performance, optimization and cost reduction Te

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