Sustainable Practices

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.
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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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Water

Why consider doing a building water audit

Canada is in the enviable position of being “water-rich,” according to a July 2013 Frasier Institute study. In 2011, it had the fourth-largest supply of
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Commercial sector waste diversion strategies

Half a can of pop is all it takes. That hundred-odd millilitres of syrupy soda is enough to contaminate an entire paper recycling stream. A
ASHRAE

Inventive ways to cultivate green tenants

Although many tenants find value in creating sustainable office environments, over time, green behaviour can slip if property managers don’t foster this culture. However, according
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Smart technology offers timely payback

Energy conservation programs, from audits to cost-effective measures for savings, have been a mainstay of consumption reduction strategy. However, existing buildings have the potential to
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Chemical management for green cleaning

The first step in a green cleaning program is often to switch from traditional to green cleaning chemicals. What facility managers may not realize is
metal_buildings

How EPDs factor into building standards

CSA Group’s Rick Lacoboni explains the purpose of EPDs and how they come into play in various building standards.
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Case study: tenants are the key to saving energy

Oxford Properties has launched an engagement campaign to teach its tenants energy conservation techniques.
Urban beekeeping

The buzz around urban beekeeping

With more than 100 registered hives in Toronto alone, people are seeing the environmental benefits and economic possibilities around urban beekeeping.
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Green roof benefits for buildings

Green roof benefits include better air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved storm water management and economic advantages.
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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.