Operations

WiredScore certification

WiredScore certification to launch in Canada

Proponents and early adopters suggest the program can provide simplified credibility for landlords and simplified assurance for tenants via a formal third-party building assessment and an easily decipherable rating system that is tied to rigorous criteria.
window

A sound alternative to window replacement

Hospitality-specific soundproofing solutions address the primary culprits of noise ingress — windows and patio doors — to cut external noise, without replacement or major renovation.
Albion Library

Albion Library first with trans-friendly signage

The new Albion Library, opened earlier this summer, is the first of Toronto’s 102 branches to introduce gender-neutral washrooms.
indoor air quality

Forest fires pose indoor air quality challenge

Indoor air quality specialists concur that larger commercial buildings are among the better places to be when outdoor conditions are compromised since HVAC systems typically incorporate air filtration.
sub-meter

Advanced sub-metering digs deep

Facility operators and management are beginning to recognize the opportunity to combine sub-metering with software that analyzes energy data in real time.
net zero

Net zero facility to become teaching tool

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is poised to become a teaching tool for current and future building professionals alike.
organizational productivity

Buildings factor in organizational productivity

A recent comprehensive review and synthesis of existing research from around the world bolsters the supposition that building technologies and enhanced operational practices can have a positive impact on occupants' performance and well-being.
washroom maintenance

Sensor solutions optimize washroom maintenance

While facility management already leverages technology extensively, innovations aren’t yet being used fully in washroom cleaning and maintenance.
dehumidifier

The pros and cons of different humidifiers

The type of humidification system chosen will directly affect the amount of time, effort, and expense that must be invested to keep the equipment running at peak performance.
commercial buildings

Beating the heat in commercial buildings

With summer just around the corner, here are some tips for facilities managers to consider when preparing their commercial buildings to beat the heat.
pest

A role for employees in workplace pest prevention

Facility managers might be surprised to find out how often an employee accidentally introduces pests in the office.
IT solutions

Building a business case for, with IT solutions

As facility management and information technology become increasingly intertwined, there are business cases to be made both for and with IT solutions.
hurricane preparedness

Backup power critical to hurricane preparedness

The start of hurricane season is around the corner and it’s important that facilities are prepared.
lighting systems

How to prolong the lifespan of lighting systems

Along with the direct energy savings that LEDs offer, facilities are also realizing cost savings by prolonging their lighting system through best practices.
digital factory

Scotiabank shifts gears with new Digital Factory

The half-pixelated gear that hangs above the entryway symbolizes the output of Scotiabank’s new Digital Factory in Toronto.
iceland arena

City of Mississauga slashes electricity use at rink

The City of Mississauga has slashed the electricity use of the ice-making equipment at its Iceland Arena during winter and shoulder season operations.
carbon neutral

Evergreen targets carbon neutrality with retrofit

Evergreen is targeting carbon neutrality in the retrofit of its heritage-designated kiln building at Toronto’s Brick Works site.