Management

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.
wellbeing

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.
GTA

Ont private sector readies for energy reporting

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Green Energy Act signal the government's intention to mandate reporting of energy and water consumption in privately owned buildings.
cleaning technology

LEED v4 users lag ahead of new deadline

LEED registrants appear to be taking full advantage of the deadline extension before the more rigorous version 4 of the certification program becomes mandatory.
U.S. Clean Power Plan

Canadian opportunities in U.S. Clean Power Plan

Canada's renewable energy and clean technology sectors could figure prominently and profitably in American states' efforts to comply with the recently introduced U.S. Clean Power Plan.
U.K. heating costs

Shoddy insulation adds to U.K. heating costs

Energy efficiency proponents calculate that dilapidated, poorly insulated dwellings add extra and unnecessary annual energy costs for a majority of householders in the United Kingdom.
investable cities

Pension funds drawn to investable cities

Despite an abundance of investment funds spending across the globe, Canadian infrastructure continues to face a crisis.
Hamilton

How ‘art became the new steel’ in Hamilton

Creative industries in Hamilton, Ontario are now forming the physicality of the city's landscape and impacting municipal public policy.
rsz_gresb2

Canadian GRESB results lead the larger pack

Global sustainability benchmark places 2015 Canadian achievement more in line with the top-ranked Australia/New Zealand region than with the 144 U.S. participants.
restrooms

Water efficiency has flow-through cost savings

Cooling towers and irrigation add to summertime water demand, while many Canadian municipalities have implemented multi-year annual rate increases to help fund needed upgrades to aging infrastructure.
ground-breaking-energy-efficiency-research-project

What is sustainability to the building sector?

A look at what sustainability means to some experts in the building industry and the way climate change has impacted the conversation.
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.
Climate adaptation

Climate adaptation priority in trilateral efforts

North America leaders endorsed a new five-year CEC plan for better environmental management decisions. Climate change adaptation is one focus area.
FireSmart

FireSmart land use planning supports safety

Prolonged, mass evacuations and the spectre of approaching flames reinforce the importance of emergency preparedness and embedding risk management in land use planning.
severe weather risks

Resilient energy plans for severe weather risks

The Resilient Pipes and Wires Report argues that investment in climate change adaptation is imperative for safety, security and business continuity, and to avoid the staggering losses that can result from lack of preparedness.
climate change

Summit emboldens climate change fight

Subnational jurisdictions from across the Western Hemisphere gathered at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel for The Climate Summit of the Americas.