Building Systems

Buildings sector pulls back on GHG accelerator

Canadian Property Management

Buildings sector pulls back on GHG throttle

Greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s buildings sector indicated improvement in 2022 in keeping with the general results of the newly released national inventory report.
Resilience still lacks climate action profile

Canadian Property Management

Resilience still lacks climate action profile

Climate change adaptation measures are typically viewed as risk management rather than levers for investment returns, but they are inherently linked to building and portfolio value.
Energy storage prompts battery of precautions

Canadian Property Management

Energy storage prompts a battery of precautions

In step with the projected surge in energy storage installations, fire safety advisors are actively working to help clean tech adopters understand and mitigate the risks.
WELL

CondoBusiness

WELL evolves into residential communities

Minto Communities is the first developer in Canada to pilot the WELL for residential program, which sets out to create healthier homes.
Passive House

Canadian Facility Management & Design

A first Passive House retrofit in Halifax

Once complete, it will serve as an inspiration for others pursuing deep retrofits of existing buildings, an endeavour that offers the most hope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Halifax.
CRE fosters all-in approach to decarbonization

Canadian Property Management

CRE fosters all-in approach to decarbonization

Daunting net zero targets in the buildings sector are spurring an all-in approach to decarbonization that assigns roles to finance, engineering, management and operational teams.
Building electrification projects impart lessons

Canadian Property Management

Building electrification projects impart lessons

The business case for electrification works best when retrofits are synced with the end-of-life of existing mechanical equipment and/or asset repositioning plans
standard

Canadian Facility Management & Design

New standards for sustainable material use

A new set of standards defines minimum sustainability criteria for high-volume materials used in architecture and interior projects.
AI labour

Canadian Property Management

Generative AI poised to realign CRE status quo

Emerging generative AI applications could realign the status quo within commercial real estate’s property administration, brokerage and investment management services.
Centennial

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Reconciling through design at Centennial College

A look at the recently completed $112-million expansion project at Centennial College built on Indigenous values.
Canadian vehicle market

Canadian Apartment Magazine

The changing Canadian vehicle market

The Canadian vehicle market is changing at a rapid pace, with the projected sales for electric vehicles (EVs) forecast to rise dramatically to align with Canada's goals.
net-zero

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Archival preservation facility is a net-zero first

Library and Archives Canada’s new preservation storage facility opened as the first net-zero carbon archival centre in the Americas,
decarbonization

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Investing in the greater good

As the world seeks to eliminate harmful emissions that contribute to the climate crisis, the known benefits of decarbonization are piling up.
Canadian buildings scrutinized in OECD review

Canadian Property Management

Canadian buildings scrutinized in OECD review

As part of a biennial review and benchmarking of Canada’s economic performance, a new OECD report looks at progress toward the interim 2030 target and 2050 goal for net-zero carbon emissions.
Dim future for fluorescents and metal halides

Canadian Property Management

Dim future for fluorescents and metal halides

Fluorescents and metal halides will be further marginalized in the lighting market with pending amendments to Canada’s regulations governing products containing mercury.
electric

CondoBusiness

Electric ride-sharing is the newest condo amenity

Residents of a freshly built mid-rise in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto have a fleet of electric vehicles waiting for them to use, whether that’s for a trip around town, a weekend getaway to the cottage or visiting family out-of-province.
CRE loan books undergo U.S. Fed stress test

Canadian Property Management

Operational resilience a performance priority

New technical guidance for assessing and responding to building-level risk underscores that operations teams carry responsibility to safeguard occupants, facilitate business continuity and protect asset value.