Facility Management

earth tubes

Lab facility demos energy-saving ‘earth tubes’

Energy-saving 'earth tubes' were among the features expected to help earn UTSC's new Environmental Sciences and Chemistry building LEED Gold status.
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.
HOK Toronto

HOK Toronto’s new Pinterest-inspired home

HOK Toronto recently earned an ARIDO award of merit for the design of its Pinterest-inspired new offices.
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.
energy monitoring

Energy monitoring outside the building box

Many properties continue to fail in frequently monitoring their utility and energy consumption outside of the reporting scopes of building certifications.
REMI

Why LEED certification is becoming an essential

As LEED certification increasingly matters to tenants’ employees, sound environmental stewardship has moved from a nice-to-do to a must-do for many companies.
recycling_program

National Waste Benchmarking Study released

The Recycling Council of Ontario’s first commercial, industrial and institutional waste performance benchmarking study has been released, revealing an immediate need for industry-wide improvement, with
Water

Why consider doing a building water audit

Canada is in the enviable position of being “water-rich,” according to a July 2013 Frasier Institute study. In 2011, it had the fourth-largest supply of
sustainability_solution

Apply root cause analysis to building operations

At one time or another, facility managers have all sought to find efficiencies, or to improve tenant experience or to correct a recurring problem in
Calstone-stormwater

GTA site showcases stormwater management

About fifteen years ago, Jim Ecclestone found an old, 2000-gallon stainless steel water tank lying in a farmer’s field. The president and chief executive officer
Pulizie di primavera

Chemical management for green cleaning

The first step in a green cleaning program is often to switch from traditional to green cleaning chemicals. What facility managers may not realize is
Senior Woman Using Computer

Accommodating an aging workforce

Accommodating an aging workforce through ergonomic improvement processes and training programs benefits employees old and young.
Consumer confidence

Perceived building costs prevent conservation

A recent survey reveals that Canadian business leaders generally undervalue the return on investment from energy efficiency.
Social Media

Communicating green building plans to tenants

Talking to tenants and using social media are useful strategies to get occupants working toward the same energy-efficient green building plans.
Metrogate Park in Toronto

The benefits of urban parks

The economic and environmental benefits of urban parks are many. But as demand for land rises, cities must be creative when building new spaces.
Road Salt

Road salt usage causing problems in Ontario

Property managers are using large amounts of road salt this winter. But overuse is taking its toll on their' pocketbooks and the environment.