Green Products & Technologies

healthcare facilities 

Guidelines inform resilient healthcare facilities 

Newly released guidelines offer a standard for approaching the planning and designing of healthcare facilities from a resiliency perspective.
campus

Campus high-rise brings health to new heights

Dingy is a word that conjures thoughts of old institutional spaces. Academic buildings with dimly-lit hallways and windowless classrooms punctured with fluorescent glare. Rarely are
Indigenous

Indigenous voices hushed in planning processes

Indigenous communities across Canada continue to be sidelined or completely excluded from initial planning phases of new developments and renovations.
zero carbon

Ottawa hockey facility a zero carbon first

How AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex in Ottawa, Ontario, became the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard certified arena.
low-carbon

Can purchases help reverse global warming?

When considering products with recycled content, pay attention to the types of recycled materials that are in them.
Clean earnings place Canadian companies among global top 200 for revenue from low-carbon business activities

Canadian suppliers lauded for clean earnings

Product and service suppliers to the property and facilities management sector are among eight publicly listed Canadian companies ranked for highest global revenues tied to low-carbon business activities.
circadian lighting

Circadian lighting improves seniors’ daily routines

Circadian lighting plays a special role in facilities management as long-term care homes and schools increasingly look to enhance wellbeing among seniors and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
embodied carbon

An embodied carbon primer for facility managers

Facility management affects a significant component of total lifetime embodied carbon.
zero carbon

Blazing a trail for zero carbon in Nova Scotia

The zero carbon project marks an evolution in warehouses and, more broadly, the potential for a lower-emitting industrial sector.
residential healthcare

Designing for wellbeing in residential healthcare

One area where cohesive design is becoming increasingly important is residential healthcare, which encompasses memory care and mental health.
Building an organic smart building from the bottom up could be easier than a top-down model

Open protocols could nurture organic smart city

Abandonment of the Sidewalk Labs project proposed for Toronto is unfortunate, but it serves as an important lesson that building a smart city from the top down is hard.
living walls

Survival prospects upbeat for living walls

Like humans, living walls might be overdue for a trim, but few are imperilled in the now largely empty surroundings of commercial and institutional buildings.
surety association

Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

While climate change may have slipped somewhat from people’s consciousness and priorities right now, it’s noteworthy that the pandemic and climate crises are both problems of exponential growth against a limited capacity to cope.
WELL

CBRE a pioneer of WELL standard adoption

It has been almost 25 years since CBRE expanded to Alberta’s capital. Known as Coldwell Banker Commercial at the time (as it was prior to
environmental approvals

Friendlier CHP environmental approvals welcome

It's still unclear how the process of securing environmental approvals for combined heat and power systems will be streamlined, but the Ontario government's recent pledge has been greeted enthusiastically in the buildings sector.
OCAD

Inside OCAD University’s first off-campus outpost

OCAD University asked Toronto-based architecture and interior design firm, Quadrangle, to create an interior with flexible features.
Alberta high schools

Lessons for upgrading older schools

When planning retrofits or renovations for older schools, administrators have the chance to implement green, sustainable and high-performance design solutions.