Sustainable Practices

cogeneration

GTA-based condo building demos cogeneration

One GTA-based condo building won’t face the dilemma of when to switch over its HVAC system from heating to cooling this spring thanks to cogeneration.
net positive

Plans for first net positive energy office building

An office building in Markham, Ontario's technology hub plans to be the first net positive energy office building in Canada.
commercial hubs

Four growing commercial hubs in Toronto

The GTA's rising population and provincial investments will fuel growth at commercial hubs near future transit-oriented developments.
BOMA Canada

BOMA Canada awards industry’s best

The Canadian commercial real estate industry gathered in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto last night for the BOMA Canada National Awards.
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.
zero carbon

Inside the Zero Carbon Building Standard

The CaGBC is working to spearhead the next evolution of green building with the launch of its Zero Carbon Building Standard.
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.
utilities

Better manage utilities in multi-res buildings

With mixed-use communities on the rise, sub-metering is more relevant than ever. It allocates utility costs to shared areas and units based on consumption.
smart community

Montreal building first vertical smart community

A new $200-million hotel-office-condo-multifamily development officially broke ground in downtown Montreal last week.
green roof

Research challenges current green roof standards

Flooding is giving rise to new research on how green roof performance metrics can better manage water capacity.
range anxiety

Retail leader buckles down on EV range anxiety

CF's national electric vehicle charging program will add 45 networked chargers at 15 shopping centres, helping to ease range anxiety and ramp up EV sales.
net positive energy office

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.
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.
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.
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.