Sustainable Practices

in-ground irrigation system

An untapped source of water savings?

Several seasons of wear and tear can impact the efficiency of a condominium’s in-ground irrigation system. How maintenance can help lower water bills.
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Energy efficiency from the ground up

Energy efficiency is more than just buzz—it's the future of the rental property industry. From older buildings getting retrofits to newer builds being outfitted with the latest technologies, it's either go green or get left behind.
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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?
ASHRAE

Inventive ways to cultivate green tenants

Although many tenants find value in creating sustainable office environments, over time, green behaviour can slip if property managers don’t foster this culture. However, according
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Energy-efficient glass in the “battle for the wall”

Since the introduction of legislation, like the Ontario Building Code’s SB-10 supplementary standard for large buildings and the B.C. Clean Energy Act, what once was
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Case study: tenants are the key to saving energy

Oxford Properties has launched an engagement campaign to teach its tenants energy conservation techniques.
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Green roof benefits for buildings

Green roof benefits include better air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved storm water management and economic advantages.
BOMA BEST

Competition driving green building momentum

Experts speaking at the Green Real Estate conference in Toronto said that green building competition is leading to incremental change in the suburbs.
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Toronto 2030 District aims to cut energy use

The new Toronto 2030 District program aims to meet the energy and emission reduction targets that are outlined in Architecture 2030.
Toronto CityPlace

Toronto looks at mandatory energy use reporting

Toronto's residential and commercial building may soon track their energy efficiency, as the city looks at mandatory energy use reporting.
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Grey water technology flush with savings

Grey water recovery systems are starting to gain traction in commercial and multi-residential buildings because of their ...
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Energy-saving checklist for facility managers

Here are seven strategies to reduce energy wastage.
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Energy cost reduction strategies

Most building managers keep track of the cost of their energy bills. However, few pay attention to how much energy ...
REMI

Energy audits

An energy audit is the logical first step in helping to reduce a facility’s utility costs and carbon footprint, and justify capital expenditures. Here are 10 things every building manager should know before embarking on an energy audit.
REMI

Building automation can save energy

Energy efficiency in highrise multi-residential buildings can be achieved through a variety of retrofits. However, one method that is often overlooked is ...
REMI

Improving water efficiency

There are many aging irrigation systems that operate ineffectively. Thankfully, advances in technology mean many of the inefficiencies can be reduced or ...
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Organic composting

Approximately 50 per cent of landfill waste could be composted but, instead, the buried organic waste, which cannot rot properly in a landfill site, turns to ...