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plastics

Surprising facts about plastics recycling

Krista Friesen, vice-president of sustainability at the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, offers updates on the process of plastics recycling.
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.
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.
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.
International Year of Light

International Year of Light radiates potential

UNESCO has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light to shine a beacon on scientific achievements, reflect on possibilities and promote a spectrum of related economic and sustainable development objectives
infrastructure

Infrastructure grapples with climate change

Sustainable leaders in the industry are encouraging municipalities and building owners to grapple with climate change and protect the value of assets.
energy reporting

Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
suburban assets

What motivates the greening of suburban assets

While sustainable real estate means thinking outside downtown cores, experts stress the necessary models required to support these suburban assets.
environmental performance

BOMA BESt results show performance gains

BOMA BESt participants demonstrate long-term commitment to the environmental performance assessment program with a flurry of building re-certifications in 2014.
Green building

MURB sector favours alternative to BOMA BESt

Ontario's Certified Rental Building program adds green standards, while BOMA BESt's multi-residential participation rate declines.
energy data

Green Button opens energy data channels

The Green Button standard could enable building owners and managers to access and share electricity, gas and water consumption data in a consistent format, regardless of jurisdiction.
cap-and-trade costs

Utilities flagged for cap-and-trade costs

Ontario's greater reliance on natural gas heating will likely make cap-and-trade charges more noticeable than they have been thus far in Quebec.
climate action fund

UN gathers greenhouse gas reduction pledges

NAFTA partners, U.S. and Mexico, submit greenhouse gas reduction targets to the UN, while Canada is late with its climate change action homework.
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