RALSTON BUILDING - Downtown property’s fate remains up in air 

Feds to dispose of str ucture; other levels of gover nment get say JOANN ALBERSTAT BUSINESS EDITOR  jalberstat@herald.ca @CH_JAlberstat The federal government is getting ready to unload the Ralston Build­ing in downtown Halifax. But the fate of the 60-year-old Hollis Street property remains a question mark, with other levels of government, and officials in the real estate and property devel­opment sectors, saying it’s too soon to know who may be inter­ested. A Public Works and Gov­ernment Services Canada spokes­man said Tuesday the department plans to dispose of the 10-storey o ffice building . “The building will first be offered to other levels of govern­ment,”…

Housing plans hit speed bump 

Density an issue on Gottingen site ROGER TAYLOR BUSINESS COLUMNIST   r taylor@herald.ca @CH-RogerTaylor The Housing Trust of Nova Scotia is concerned its plan to create more affordable housing in the Gottingen Street area of Halifax could be sidetracked by oppon­ents of greater housing density. Ross Cantwell, president o f the non-profit trust, says the fact that his group includes people with expertise in all areas of apart­ment- building design and con­struction — developers, architects, mortgage brokers, lawyers, con­tractors and property managers — also seems to be an issue for opponents. “I wanted a board that knew housing and . . . could provide…

What is CEE Tier III When Purchasing a new Appliance

What is CEE Tier III? When it comes to purchasing a new appliance, smart consumers have learned to look for the ENERGY STAR® certification. But for most, the CEE Tiers still remain a mystery. The Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE) has developed a series of tiers to identify appliances that exceed the standards of ENERGY STAR®. The grading system ranges from Tier I to Tier III based on an appliance’s energy consumption, and models are grouped by size and features to ensure a fair comparison. While Tier I fridges are 20% more efficient than the federal minimum energy standards set for…

Looking to dispose of an old inefficient fridge, freezer or air conditioner?

Efficiency Nova Scotia makes getting your old inefficient fridge or freezer off the grid easy! We pick up fridges and freezers province wide We remove the appliance from your home and load it on to our truck We ensure that your energy guzzler is properly recycled PLUS we reward you with $30 We also pick up room air conditioners! Retire a fridge or freezer and add in your room air conditioner and we will reward you with an additional $10. While an old, inefficient appliance in the basement or garage may provide additional storage, it’s not worth the additional electricity.  Appliances have become more…