Sustainable Practices

in-ground irrigation system

An untapped source of water savings?

Several seasons of wear and tear can impact the efficiency of a condominium’s in-ground irrigation system. How maintenance can help lower water bills.
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Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
Utility-Costs

Five ways to curb utility costs in condominiums

Coming changes in Ontario are cause for condo corporations to curb their utility costs. An expert shares how, pointing to five energy efficiency retrofits.
energy

T.O.’s energy reporting consultations set for fall

City of Toronto staff have set out a fall to winter timeframe for consultations on the development of a proposed energy reporting bylaw for large buildings.
How to protect property form water damage

A nature-driven approach to SWM

Ian Smith of of Urban and Environmental Management explains Low Impact Development and how how it embraces water as a valuable resource.
Solar panels

Pros and cons of solar panels on apartments

Solar power generation is a green way to reduce energy costs. But there are pros and cons of solar panels when it comes to apartment buildings.
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Energy-saving checklist for facility managers

Here are seven strategies to reduce energy wastage.
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Energy cost reduction strategies

Most building managers keep track of the cost of their energy bills. However, few pay attention to how much energy ...
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What’s next for green condos

Improving the sustainability and energy efficiency of condominiums is not new. However, in terms of the most important and new energy-saving measures, it comes down to making small changes and sticking to simple solutions.
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.
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ASHRAE introduces new labelling program

The Building Energy Quotient program introduces a scoring system and database that will allow participants to compare their building’s performance ...
REMI

Building automation can save energy

Energy efficiency in highrise multi-residential buildings can be achieved through a variety of retrofits. However, one method that is often overlooked is ...
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Organic composting

Approximately 50 per cent of landfill waste could be composted but, instead, the buried organic waste, which cannot rot properly in a landfill site, turns to ...