In this column, we answer questions from members. At the bottom of the page is a form you can use to submit your own questions.
Q: How frequently and what will the volume of air exchange in individual units be? Is that influenced by the heating and air conditioning controls in the units?
A: Air circulation to each unit is handled by a mechanical system involving a heat recovery ventilator and a fan coil distribution system. The system is set to meet both building code standards and typical environmental conditions. Similar to a home furnace, the controls/thermostat allows the resident to manage the heating or cooling.
The air supply to each unit depends on the size: 400 cubic feet per minute (cfm) for one bedroom units, 550 cfm for two-bedroom, 880 cfm for three-bedroom, and 1000 cfm for four-bedroom.
The percentage of outside air ranges from 15% to 20%.
Fan coil units provide between 5.5 and 7.5 air changes per hour for the suites.
Q: Are there limits on the types and number of pets I can bring with me to the co-op?
A: According to OGHC’s pet policy:
- One dog is allowed per unit. This dog is expected to remain calm in the presence of adults, children and other dogs.
- Aggressive dogs are not allowed. See City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law (By-law 92/2013), Section 7 – Prohibited Dog Breeds.
- A maximum of two cats is allowed per unit.
- One cage for small animals (hamsters, guinea-pigs etc.), or birds is allowed per unit.
- One aquarium is allowed per unit, maximum capacity 10 gallons.
- Exotic pets or contained dangerous animals are not allowed. See City of Winnipeg Responsible Pet Ownership By-law (By-law 92/2013), Section 33 / Schedule A – List of Prohibited Animals.
To learn more, see the OGHC Pet Policy.
Q: With summer upon us, I was wondering if we’ll be able to use a barbecue on our balcony?
A: Yes, as long as the BBQ is fuelled by propane. Charcoal is not permitted. We also hope to have BBQs donated to the co-op so we can place them on our 3rd floor rooftop deck for co-op social events. The City of Winnipeg policy provides useful information on safe use of BBQs. (link to brochure)
Q: Will my visitors be able to smoke on my balcony?
A: No. The No-Smoking Policy has been created to protect the health and safety of the residents, visitors and employees of the co-op. Due to the irritation and known health risks of exposure to second-hand smoke, increased risk of fire and increased maintenance and cleaning costs, all forms of tobacco smoking will be prohibited on the Old Grace Housing Co-operative property, including:
- inside residents’ housing units;
- on private use patios and balconies;
- in common areas used by residents and visitors, both indoor and outdoor;
- elsewhere on co-op property.
Please use the following form to submit your questions. Please put “Newsletter” in the subject line.