The fate of public buildings can seem removed from that of the average home. After all, there are maintenance crews and compliance with regulations is documented and enforced… or is it? Too often, the unfortunate state of historic public buildings can clearly show that the state can be as negligent a property owner as the people who own that rundown house that seems to exist on every residential street in the GTA. And – lack of maintenance can be crucial when it comes to issues like asbestos and mould.
- Sir John Carling Building (Ottawa) – This former Agriculture Canada building was abandoned by employees years ago when the extent of its asbestos concerns were first discovered. It was recently demolished by means of a controlled implosion – and the clean up continues.
- The Dennis Building (Halifax) – Built in 1863, this historic building is slated for demolition after the government declared it “beyond repair”. At issue are crumbling mortar and walls full of mould and asbestos. A group is trying to fight for the conservation of the pre-Confederation building but clearly cost will be an issue.
The Moral of the Story
Older buildings are beautiful and have historic value in some cases – and they can be loaded with environmental issues like asbestos and mould.
Just like governments when times are tough, it can be tempting to think you can skimp on maintenance and repairs, but that’s a short sighted view that can easily backfire.
- Leaky windows, roofs, door frames – even a pinhole leak in plumbing – can lead to mould growth within 24 to 48 hours.
- Asbestos is considered safe as long as it is intact but if materials are damaged or decaying over time, fibres can be released. Asbestos in your home is a health risk waiting to happen.
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