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The funny thing is....the hole reason for ASHRAE 90.1 is...for planning for the future...how else can you plan for the future without know/regulating the energy to land?
I think you should be more concerned about planning your future as a member of this forum.
 

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Condo projects in jeopardy

Condo projects in jeopardy
Experts say it's matter of time until the credit crunch derails one of many GTA tower plans
October 28, 2008

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The credit crisis and slowing economy are frustrating real estate developers' planning and could derail some Toronto condominium projects currently under way, prominent Canadian developers say.

"I think we've definitely oversold the market," said Brian Johnston, president of home and condominium developer Monarch Corp. and a past president of the Ontario Home Builders' Association.

"The question is whether all these buildings are still going to be built a few years from now. I think you're seeing a real possibility that some won't be going up."

About 300 projects were selling in the Greater Toronto Area in the first half of the year – more than in any other North American city.

With the cost of credit globally going up, banks have also been much more cautious of the slowing real-estate sector, Johnston said.

"It's not easy to get construction financing today at reasonable prices, the banks seem to be changing the interest rates every day," said Dennis Au-Yeung, chief financial officer of Concord Pacific Group Inc., the largest condominium builder in Canada.

"If the problems continue we will have to look at our future plans and projects in the Toronto market," said Au-Yeung.

Banks typically request that a project must be 60 per cent to 70 per cent sold before they will provide financing.

Buildings that don't get those sales will fail. Analysts have warned repeatedly of a possible smaller correction in the 10 per cent to 15 per cent range for the Toronto condominium market, although even that has not happened yet.

Signs indicate there's still demand. Last week, buyers lined up overnight to purchase units from the Emerald City project near Fairview Mall, reminiscent of 2007 or the 1980s boom years.

Still, other signs point to a slowdown. Au-Yeung notes that one benefit of a slowdown may be decreased future construction costs.

"Two years ago the contractors wouldn't even give you a price. They would say they are too busy. Now they are calling and asking when is the next project," he said. Au-Yeung added his company will likely decide to negotiate construction contracts later rather than sooner.

Privately owned Concord Pacific is developing the City Place site on former railroad lands in downtown Toronto and another huge site on Sheppard Ave. E. in North York.

The developer says projects already in the pipeline are continuing as planned.

One concern among some analysts is that many condo buyers were investors seeking to resell the property later for a gain.

"Investors are acting on opportunity and emotion as opposed to analysis and sober reflection," said Johnston.

"They've made a heck of a lot of money over the last few years. They'll buy an apartment and sell it and it was the easiest $50,000 they ever made. But it's the classic mistake of thinking the market will go on like this forever."

Johnston, whose company is building many high- and low-rise projects in Toronto and Ottawa, said sales are down about 20 per cent this year – in line with the general trend.

Monarch parent company English-based Taylor Wimpey PLC is also struggling under a heavy debt load and has seen its share prices slashed as housing takes a hit globally.

"We are nothing like what's happening in the U.S.," said Johnston. "They've reached the stage where some developers have mothballed projects or had no pro-active development over the last year."

Still, Toronto has an estimated 2.5 months of new housing supply, compared with some of the other cities that have more.

While slowing sales may be one issue, a tight credit market also threatens to hamper developments with financing already in place.

A Vancouver five-tower development is searching for new financing following the collapse of Lehman Brothers Inc. in New York. Construction is halted on the project. So far, no projects have been halted in Toronto over financing issues.

Phil Soper, chief executive of Royal LePage, said most large real estate development companies had already pulled back their forecasts for this year.

"The last month has brought out more conservatism in the industry," Soper said.

"Some projects that were at an early stage and that were well before construction will likely be delayed."

Johnston, who is currently marketing eight condominium projects and 18 low-rise projects, said the company stopped buying land two years ago in preparation for a downturn.

"We have been concerned about a slowdown for a while and we needed to take a pause," said Johnston.

"There are only so many ways to cut the pie and we have cut it pretty fine.

"If a lot of projects get cancelled it will create a stir, but it will also bring back some balance to the market."

So far, only one buyer this year has walked away from one of his condo projects, leaving behind a $40,000 deposit, he said.



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There should be a penalty for people who post an article with a false preface. As if your grammar isn't bad enough, you had to make up a false claim as well?
 

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Signature will still be built - the question is when and if the project magnitude will be scaled back. Concord has experienced a very significant deline in sales in both the North York project as well as Parade... things are moving very slowly for Concord and if the market doesn't improve much over the next 12 months the final tower at Cityplace may not be as bold as it would have been had the market been stronger.
 

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That article says its going ahead...

There should be a penalty for people who post an article with a false preface. As if your grammar isn't bad enough, you had to make up a false claim as well?

Article was already posted in Real Estate I believe.

I removed the specious claim that Ahmedyusali made at the beginning of his post (it's still quoted in your post Tuscani) because I agree, Waterloo Guy, there should be some kind of penalty, and having your post edited when you whip up trouble needlessly is the minimum that should happen. I haven't checked the Real Estate section for the double post, but yes, that should not be happening either.

So Ahmedy: please respect the forum rules regarding trolling, and please check if anyone else may have already posted the same article when posting one.

Finally, Mike - thank you for continuing to be the voice of reason and cold, hard facts, amidst the storm.

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I'm willing to bet this will be a 199.7 m tower (including spire:D) , with some sort of alternating cerulean blue and lime green glass. Any lighting will get scrapped like the previous towers
 

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Future site of Signature

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I'm willing to bet this will be a 199.7 m tower (including spire:D) , with some sort of alternating cerulean blue and lime green glass. Any lighting will get scrapped like the previous towers

Forget that, ill bet this thing will be Toronto.s first revolving building aprox.62-69 stories/210-230 meters.not including the spire:)

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Wait, wait, I have an idea!

1) Erect a very tall pole on the Signature Tower site. Make it pointy at the top.

2) Impale all the used sales centres in Toronto on the spike, one on top of the other, so they can spin.

3) Voila: prefab spinning tower! And very eco-something.
 

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