Sustainability

HFC phase-down

Canada advances HFC phase-down

Impending environmental regulations will push the Canadian and American real estate industries toward cooling and insulation options with lower global warming potential.
workplace transformation

Inside CBRE’s latest workplace transformation

CBRE's Toronto West team was the first of three GTA offices to move into new digs as the firm completes a cross-country workplace transformation program.
closed office

Did clutter crowd out the closed office?

The transition from closed offices to open concepts may solve the problem of paper clutter, but has the problem merely been converted to digital form?
earth tubes

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.
sustainable workplaces

Inside the Sustainable Workplaces program pilot

Five tenants piloted a new green certification program, BOMA Canada's Sustainable Workplaces, ahead of its recent roll out.
BOMA BEST

Green construction and retrofits on upswing

Energy conservation is identified as the key motive for green construction and retrofits, surpassing all other reasons cited in newly released global survey results. The
HOK Toronto

HOK Toronto’s new Pinterest-inspired home

HOK Toronto recently earned an ARIDO award of merit for the design of its Pinterest-inspired new offices.
building envelope

A window into better building envelopes

The building envelope can truly make or break energy-efficiency efforts. Major systems improvements may help, but those savings could fly out the window.
Building_Technology

Real estate reaps smart technology paybacks

Real estate owners/managers point to the efficiencies and savings that can come with real-time monitoring and operational responses, which also support asset value and competitiveness in the marketplace.
ASHRAE

ASHRAE rebuts new thermal comfort research

ASHRAE says new research suggesting its thermal comfort standard relies on a gender-biased model is an incorrect interpretation.
LED light

Three highlights of switching to LED fixtures

LED technology has become a simple, most cost-effective way to not only cut operating costs, but also measurably reduce environmental impact.
LEED Gold

LEED Gold-targeting campus built to climate

The University College of the North's new LEED Gold-targeting campus considers the local climate of Thompson, Manitoba, in its design.
BusinessEthics

CRE corporate social responsibility outreach

Newly released guidance from the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) identifies key action areas to anchor real estate in a broader scope of ethical business conduct.
energy reporting

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?
Leed

Why LEED certification is becoming an essential

As LEED certification increasingly matters to tenants’ employees, sound environmental stewardship has moved from a nice-to-do to a must-do for many companies.

Profits offered for curbing electricity demand

Ontario's Industrial Conservation Initiative relegates a larger majority of mostly commercial customers to carry a disproportionate share of the so-called Global Adjustment, which now accounts for about 60 per cent of the commodity cost of electricity.
energy reporting

Design team selected for T.O. waterfront park

Aitken Place Park, a new 3,000-square-metre park planned for the Toronto waterfront, will be designed by landscape architecture firms Thomas Balsey Associates and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. The companies, based out of New York and Toronto respectively, were selected to collaborate on the project by Waterfront Toronto.