A window-based winder in a building in southern Ontario that has been plagued by failures for years has failed to perform well in tests.
The casement winders installed in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of Casement were supposed to last for more than a decade.
But since they were installed in 2011, the casement has failed more than 1,000 times.
The failures are costing the owners about $3 million, according to a report from the city.
The owners of the building, which is located on the corner of Bathurst and Queen Streets, are suing the City of Toronto and the provincial government for more.
“They’re not providing any support to the residents, to the city,” said owner Mark McBride.
“They’re really not doing anything.
And the owners are paying the bill.”
Inspectors are now looking into what happened.
“I think that the city needs to come out with a clear and specific policy to ensure that these winders are installed safely and effectively, and that it’s an area that is not only inspected but also evaluated by the city and provincial government,” said Michael Tarrant, a spokesperson for the city of Toronto.
The city’s website lists a checklist for winders.
But when we asked about a list of criteria for inspecting a winder, we received a list that included “ability to operate safely,” “sustained operation” and “the ability to safely detect and correct any defects.”
The city is also in the process of reviewing its inspection policies, and is expected to release a list by the end of the month.