Sustainability

labeling

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.
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.
KPMG Vaughan

KPMG looks to clients in locating Vaughan office

When KPMG selected its new location, proximity to clients factored prominently, leading the growing professional services firm to set up shop in Vaughan.
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
Waterdown Library and Civic Centre

Library facility reads like ‘fragment’ of its landscape

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is designed to read like a ‘fragment’ of the Niagara Escarpment over which it cantilevers.
building performance

Building performance upgrades add asset value

Key project players can face obstacles and carry biases specific to their roles, but they all have a similar interest in a profitable result whether that's defined by a return on investment, added asset value or enhanced reputation and opportunities for future contracts
GRESB infrastructure benchmark

Low scores in infrastructure benchmark debut

The inaugural Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark assessment for infrastructure reveals that the asset class generally lags real estate's offerings of environmental, social and governance evidence for investors.
climate change

Breakthrough technology eases risk management

Energy storage, phase-change materials and carbon dioxide refrigerant exemplify the diversity of products that can have bearing on how buildings use resources, discharge waste and function in both normal and adverse conditions.
HFC phase-down

Canada advances HFC phase-down

Impending environmental regulations will push the Canadian and American real estate industries toward cooling and insulation options with lower global warming potential.