Sustainable Development

real estate investment decisions

A primer for real estate investment decisions

Climate volatility, energy costs and a growing backlog of required capital expenditure are projected to drive real estate investment decisions in the near and long term.
low-impact community

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.
Factory Square

Former Blackberry plant now Factory Square

Sometime this fall, a former Blackberry manufacturing plant turned light-infused office building will open its doors to companies in a Waterloo, Ontario area branded as
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Office condo set for Toronto’s north Yonge strip

Yonge Park Plaza will offer the opportunity to own office space within a hotel setting, when the seven-storey glass building begins to rise this year.
BOMA BEST

Green construction and retrofits on upswing

Energy conservation is identified as the key motive for green construction and retrofits, surpassing all other reasons cited in newly released global survey results. The
real estate

Real estate value tied to human behaviour

While demographics are a way to predict some uncertainties that await an aging real estate industry, understanding human values is a more accurate compass.
mixed-use

Mixed-use project meets old-soul community

The Metalworks development in Guelph, Ontario, will ultimately bridge a deep-rooted community to the downtown core with a 50-foot-wide river walkway.
business

Sustainable leaders rethink the ‘chase for points’

In the race to move from one building certification level to another, some industry leaders wonder if subscribers of such programs are truly being green.
Mixed-use buildings create better neighbourhoods

Mixed-use positions better neighbourhoods

With the rise of mixed-use developments comes the opportunity to create sustainable structures that enhance surrounding neighbourhoods.
REMI

Why LEED certification is becoming an essential

As LEED certification increasingly matters to tenants’ employees, sound environmental stewardship has moved from a nice-to-do to a must-do for many companies.
tenant

Tenant demand propels sustainable measures

The more human aspect of sustainability was the focus of a recent discussion on tenant demands for green space, at Toronto’s Green Real Estate Conference
well-being

Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment

Mental health, including depression, is the leading cause of short-term disability in the global workplace. In Canada, 50 per cent of short-term disability claims are
target

Extended phase-in for new LEED certification

LEED proponents will now have an extra 16 months to register projects under current criteria before the more rigorous LEED version 4 becomes mandatory in November 2016.
open air mall

The rise of open-air shopping in Canada

Canada has seen a surge in open-air shopping development, particularly in the outlet sector. Analysts expect this trend to heat up even more.
Telus Garden Vancouver

Case Study: Telus Garden steel canopy design

Telus Garden, a mixed-use development project in downtown Vancouver, will feature a 220-foot canopy arch that extends over an entire city block.
Baby boomers

New housing options for seniors in Canada

Baby boomers are living longer and staying healthier, making new housing options for seniors in Canada an exciting opportunity for developers.
Airplane

Toronto island airport expansion up in the air

Toronto city council voted to begin talks with the Toronto Port Authority and Transport Canada to look at a possible Toronto island airport expansion.