Conservation Measures

low-impact community

Industry sees promise in low-impact communities

Industry proponents of sustainability are looking beyond buildings and thinking on a larger scale with low-impact communities.
flooding

Green infra’s impact on flooding underrated

More performance data on the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in extreme weather events is needed as it may be more effective than thought.
cladding

Cladding absorbs pollution at Montreal facility

STM Stinson Transport Centre, the first bus depot in Canada to earn LEED Gold certification, boasts sustainable cladding that improves air quality.
sustainable workplaces

Inside the Sustainable Workplaces program pilot

Five tenants piloted a new green certification program, BOMA Canada's Sustainable Workplaces, ahead of its recent roll out.
biophilic design

What biophilic design does for workspaces

From green roofs and living walls there is an increasing need for biophilic design in buildings in relation to wellbeing, according to recent studies support this notion.
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Alberta carbon fees to fund energy efficiency

As outlined in the 2016 Alberta budget, carbon fees will show up differently in the key utilities of electricity and natural gas, creating a blend of transparent and more nebulous new costs.
REMI

Proactive sustainable repairs for aging assets

Opportunities to transform existing buildings into more energy efficient assets arise when forming a capital plan and thinking long-term.
NexRev

$2-billion GHG abatement fund set for 2017-18

The commercial real estate sector is primarily an indirect beneficiary of allocations in the 2016-17 federal budget, but the announcement of a pending $2-billion fund to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could hold more promise.
restoration

Mill restoration inspires waterfront development

The restoration of an old mill in Elora, Ontario is at the heart of Pearle Hospitality’s ambitious, mixed-use waterfront development project
excess soil

The dirt on excess soil

MOECC's excess soil management policy framework, now up for review, seeks to better align the reuse of excess soil with existing waste regulations.
green campus

UBC facility sets green campus standard

A UBC LEED Platinum certified facility known as AMS Nest is a beacon to other campuses across Canada looking to reduce their environmental footprint.
BRE Innovation Park

BRE Innovation Park to accelerate sustainability

The BRE Innovation Park in Ontario will become a platform for the Canadian construction industry to demonstrate solutions to achieve low carbon buildings.
environmental performance indicators

Industry inspired to lead low carbon revolution

Commercial real estate has the potential to create jobs and wealth if new technology infrastructure investment is prioritized.
Waste-Free Ontario Act

Designing for better waste management

A building's design influences the operational efficiency waste collection programs, the cost of servicing the programs and diversion rates.
building envelope

A window into better building envelopes

The building envelope can truly make or break energy-efficiency efforts. Major systems improvements may help, but those savings could fly out the window.
WELL Building Standard

WELL Building Standard poised to accelerate

Further refinement of the WELL Building Standard is expected as a plethora of studies point to the growing concern for health and wellness.
cap-and-trade

Ontario releases cap-and-trade program details

On November 16, 2015, Ontario’s MOECC posted details about Ontario’s proposed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system to the Environmental Registry.