Building Systems

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.
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Net positive energy office set to rise in Waterloo

In Waterloo, Ontario, workers are installing wells for a geo-exchange system that will heat and cool a new net positive energy office development.
WELL

Pursuing WELL at CBRE’s new office in North York

CBRE now has four out of the ten WELL-registered projects in Canada: one in Vancouver and three in the GTA, including the Toronto North office.
property managers

Changing market challenges property managers

A recent PM Expo seminar elaborated on changing market conditions and how they will affect future property managers in an increasingly technical field.
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Industry sees promise in low-impact communities

Industry proponents of sustainability are looking beyond buildings and thinking on a larger scale with low-impact communities.
Breakthrough technology

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.
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Greener buildings in a changing marketplace

How Oxford delivered considerable financial benefits across its portfolio as a result of its commitment to greener buildings, sustainability and LEED.
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.
WELL

How TD Bank HQ achieved WELL certification

An interiors project for TD Bank headquarters recently became the world’s first project certified under v1 of the WELL Building certification.
maintenance

How to maximize a building system’s life cycle

The longevity of a building system depends on many factors, but a preventative maintenance program is a key step in prolonging the equipment's life cycle.
building envelope

A window into better building envelopes

The building envelope can truly make or break energy-efficiency efforts. Major systems improvements may help, but those savings could fly out the window.
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Energy-efficient glass in the “battle for the wall”

Since the introduction of legislation, like the Ontario Building Code’s SB-10 supplementary standard for large buildings and the B.C. Clean Energy Act, what once was
REMI

Skylights a cost-effective way to save energy

Daylighting a commercial building with a well-designed skylight system is a cost-effective way to save on energy ...
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Five ways to reduce HVAC system costs

Through a combination of smart purchasing, maintenance programs and strategic planning, building managers ...
REMI

Raise the roof

A roof that lasts longer is usually more sustainable since less waste is generated through the removal of an additional roof.
REMI

Recommissioning finds qualitative quick fixes

Recommissioning focuses on right-sizing a building’s mechanical and electrical systems and their operation for today’s conditions.
REMI

Energy audits

An energy audit is the logical first step in helping to reduce a facility’s utility costs and carbon footprint, and justify capital expenditures. Here are 10 things every building manager should know before embarking on an energy audit.