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Sunnybrook Hospital

Sunnybrook Hospital abuzz with beekeeping first

Sunnybrook Hospital has become the first healthcare facility in Toronto to welcome honeybees to its 100-acre property.
Public disclosure of energy use and GHG intensity holds little appeal for building owners concerned about uninformed scrutiny

Public disclosure could foil energy reporting

The City of Winnipeg has invited commercial building owners and institutional facility managers to affix their Energy Star Portfolio Manager results on a publicly accessible map.
social spaces

Curating social spaces in 2020

Humans are naturally social creatures. So why shouldn’t our built environment be designed to accommodate and encourage this natural state of being?
Working from home

Working at home full time undesirable for most

The office remains a preferable environment for the majority of workers who find working from home every day an unfavourable option.
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.
reopening the workplace

Reopening the workplace amid COVID-19 fears

Collaborative spaces will take on new importance as flexibility remains a key factor moving forward when reinventing and reopening the workplace.
Data centres gain traffic during COVID-19 related business shutdowns

Data centres gain traffic missing from highways

At least 84 Canadian commercial buildings have been abuzz during protracted COVID-19-related business shutdowns. They house the data centres that have literally underpinned the continued functioning of the economy.
cobotics

Outbreak accelerates role of cobotics in cleaning

COVID-19 is expected to push cobotics to the forefront of cleaning as facilities prioritize health and safety more than ever.
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.
workplace technology

Pandemic spurs case for workplace technology

Workplace technology like occupancy analytics will take on greater relevance as facilities strive to become more productive and healthy.
first responders

A new home for first responders in Delta, B.C.

The facility brings together a multi-purpose satellite fire station, a live-fire training building, and a municipal emergency operations centre.
cleaning schools

Cleaning schools in the age of COVID-19

Schools have the duty to prevent and control infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic makes the process of cleaning schools even more imperative.
workplace

Will coronavirus change the future workplace?

Many companies have been forced to rethink the traditional workplace structure, as physical office space quickly morphs into a work-from-home situation.
Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

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.
remote workers

Six ways to help remote workers thrive

Many employees are not accustomed to being remote workers and might find the lack of traditional office space challenging.
energy demand load shifts to residential sector

Energy demand load shifts to residential base

The energy demand load has shifted in sync with much of Ontario’s workforce from commercial to home offices, prompting calls for suspension of time-of-use pricing during the current COVID-19 related upheaval
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