Sustainability

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Evergreen targets carbon neutrality with retrofit

Evergreen is targeting carbon neutrality in the retrofit of its heritage-designated kiln building at Toronto’s Brick Works site.
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Library facility reads like ‘fragment’ of its landscape

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is designed to read like a ‘fragment’ of the Niagara Escarpment over which it cantilevers.
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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.
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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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Vancouver developers to pursue zero emissions

The newly adopted plan sets out a two-part strategy to ensure that new buildings are as energy-efficient as possible and, perhaps more contentiously, do not rely on natural gas for space heating and hot water supply.
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Lean construction improves project delivery

The construction industry is at crossroads with projects regularly delivered late and over budget. We’re lagging behind other industries in productivity and wasting billions annually.
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Lab facility demos energy-saving ‘earth tubes’

Energy-saving 'earth tubes' were among the features expected to help earn UTSC's new Environmental Sciences and Chemistry building LEED Gold status.
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Energy code compliance

Energy standards in North America have been around for a very long time, but the new switched receptacle control requirement is stirring up controversy.
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Inside U of T Mississauga’s Innovation Complex

To subsume or not to subsume. That was the question presented by the project brief for the expansion and renovation of University of Toronto Mississauga’s
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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
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Improving energy efficiency in B.C.

While early building codes were focused on basic home structure and standardizing building practices, more recent code adaptations in B.C. are focusing on energy efficiency and occupant accessibility.
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Etobicoke development breaks new ground

A new Etobicoke development has broken ground — in more ways than one. On the GO Mimico, now under construction, will be Toronto’s first high-rise
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Outlining Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 plan

Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan aims to reduce solid waste going to the landfill and require new building to be carbon neutral from 2020 onward.
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Toronto 2030 District aims to cut energy use

The new Toronto 2030 District program aims to meet the energy and emission reduction targets that are outlined in Architecture 2030.
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Green energy is good news for construction

Future developments in renewable energy projects across Canada will mean an exponential growth in the sector's diversified jobs.
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Measuring low carbon buildings

Intep and Brantwood Consulting have developed a methodology that may be used to inform the operating and ...
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Building lasting change with LEED

According to the CaGBC, there are now more than 1,000 LEED certified buildings in Canada – and that number is only ...