Sustainable Practices

commercial real estate

Top 14 stories to watch in 2017

Last year, the commercial real estate industry faced a number of diverse challenges and successes that are expected to develop throughout 2017. Here, REMI’s award-winning
epc program

Ontario readying CDM incentives for portfolios

Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator was instructed to consult with local distribution companies to develop a pay-for-performance program that could be ready for launch in the fall of 2016.
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.
energy efficiency

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.
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?

How to achieve energy efficiency in 2015

Achieving energy efficiency in multi-residential properties is the new normal. With the cost of utilities rising, apartment owners are benefitting more than ever by finding new ways to save.
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.
Utility-Costs

Five ways to curb utility costs in condominiums

Coming changes in Ontario are cause for condo corporations to curb their utility costs. An expert shares how, pointing to five energy efficiency retrofits.
Industrial boiler room

How to reduce energy consumption

Many apartment building owners in the past considered the best way to hedge inflation and save on energy costs was to lock into bulk contracts for various terms. Here's how to reduce consumption given today's energy prices.
Photo: Nicola Betts

Ontario’s rental buildings are certifying green

FRPO’s Certified Rental Building (CRB) Program is fast becoming the quality assurance marker of choice for renters throughout Ontario. Developed in 2008, it is the only multi-residential certification program of its kind in North America
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Energy saving tips for rental property managers

Apartment residents are among the last group of consumers to become actively engaged in the ‘save the environment’ regime. Here are some energy saving tips to help property managers engage them.
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.
Solar panels

Pros and cons of solar panels on apartments

Solar power generation is a green way to reduce energy costs. But there are pros and cons of solar panels when it comes to apartment buildings.
Toronto Condos

FRPO introduces new environmental standards

The FRPO has introduced a set of environmental operating standards to ensure that homes are managed by companies committed to green activities.
radon testing

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 ...