Sustainability

retrofit incentives

Alberta retracts promised retrofit incentives

Despite information posted on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website for more than a month, commercial customers do not qualify for the new incentives announced in May 2018.
architecture school

New architecture school brings lessons to life

Students of Canada’s newest architecture school won’t have to venture far to see lessons from the classroom come to life. The latest addition to Laurentian
conservation costs

Ontario candidates overstate conservation costs

The upfront costs of Ontario's electricity conservation programs are lower than some candidates for provincial office are alleging.
Passive House

Passive House poised for institutional uptake

Passive House, a voluntary standard for achieving extremely energy-efficient buildings, appears to be poised for wider uptake in institutional projects.
C-suite

Trading screwdrivers for strategic partnerships

Facilities management needs to have a voice in the C-suite. As business evolves, company leaders will require strategic facilities managers.
zero waste

Mississauga facility achieves its zero waste goals

The Toronto distribution centre for Cintas, a business supplies provider, became Canada’s second facility to earn TRUE Zero Waste certification last fall.
high-GWP anesthetic gases

Little oversight of high-GWP anesthetic gases

Anesthetics commonly used in medical, dental and veterinary surgery have global warming potential ranging from 130 to 2,540 times greater than carbon dioxide, but are largely overlooked when greenhouse gas emissions are officially tallied.
Single-use professional sports venues

Single-use professional sports venues falter

Ottawa and Calgary are two current Canadian examples where pressure is mounting to abandon major arenas still far from the end of their structural life cycles and build anew.
diversion

Labeling change targets food waste

The terms “sell by” and “use by” are likely to be replaced on labeling with the new, voluntary term “best if used by” on many food products.
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.
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.
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.
high-pressure laminate

Trends in high-pressure laminate surfacing

High-pressure laminate is a practical yet stylish surfacing material, and new breakthroughs in resin technology add functional features.
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.