Sustainability

carbon metrics

Setting carbon metrics to achieve climate goals

Setting carbon metrics in future codes and standards is key to fully address meaningful reductions to achieve climate goals.
heat pumps

Large building retrofits key to decarbonization

Achieving ambitious decarbonization targets will require the industry to accelerate deep carbon retrofits on the existing building stock across Canada.
environment

Driving change in the built environment

The B.C. government is driving change in the built environment by mandating mass timber construction in public procurements.
Infrastructure investment a go-to in downturn

Infrastructure investment a go-to in downturn

For public partners, P3s are a means to transfer risk. For the private sector, infrastructure’s recession-proof profile dovetails with expectations for a prolonged building spree.
Energy sector workforce evolves and expands

Energy sector workforce evolves and expands

Energy efficiency is projected to create more jobs and assume a larger share of energy sector economic activity in step with a heightened focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
windows

A net zero future for windows

What will new codes and a net zero future mean for glazing and window products? Two speakers share insights at the 2022 FGIA conference.
taller mass timber

Thinking bigger and taller with mass timber

Thinking bigger and taller with mass timber can help move the needle on carbon emissions. Building codes need to address the causes of climate change.
change

The urgent need for change in construction

Buildings and construction are the number one causes of the climate crisis. There is an urgent need to make change to how we design and build.
mother trees

Forest ecosystems and Mother Trees

Dr. Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at UBC, is leading a ground-breaking research project on the interconnectedness of trees.
zero emissions

The path to zero emissions buildings

By 2030, all new construction in Vancouver will be zero emissions buildings. The path there is set out in the Zero Emissions Building Plan.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
change

Time to pick up the pace on building retrofits

PACE financing is an innovative green loan instrument that can help owners with building retrofits to reduce carbon pollution.
energy retrofits

Moving towards building electrification

Interest in building electrification is growing with modern high-performance buildings moving towards all-electric mechanical systems.
outdoor air

IAQ standards dissect freshness of outdoor air

Guidance related to natural ventilation, particulate filtration and compartmentalization of multi-residential HVAC systems are prominent in the list of identified "significant changes" compared to the incumbent 2016 version of the standards.
hcma wood

HCMA’s strong wood roots

Darryl Condon and his firm, HCMA Architecture + Design, have embraced and often pioneered the use of wood and mass timber throughout B.C.
energy efficiency programs

Alberta won’t rescue energy efficiency programs

The move concludes the process begun five months ago when the newly elected United Conservative Party government repealed the carbon tax and eliminated the funding source for the incentives.
climate action

Energy efficiency primed for climate action

Few signatories to the Paris Agreement have specifically listed energy efficiency targets in required national plans for meeting their commitments so Three Percent Club founders see plenty of room to capture untapped emissions reductions.