Sustainability

electricity rate relief

Ontario attempts electricity rate relief

Shifts in the allocation of Ontario's Global Adjustment will benefit some electricity customers and further burden others, but proactive commercial real estate owners/managers are poised to be among the winners.
Canadian energy saving prowess

GRESB reveals Canadian energy saving prowess

Sixteen Canadian organizations accounted for more than 337,000 megawatt-hours or nearly 42 per cent of electricity savings tallied in North America, while 162 GRESB participants in the United States delivered the remainder.
CDM incentives for portfolios

Ontario readying CDM incentives for portfolios

Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator was instructed to consult with local distribution companies to develop a pay-for-performance program that could be ready for launch in the fall of 2016.
greener buildings

Greener buildings in a changing marketplace

How Oxford delivered considerable financial benefits across its portfolio as a result of its commitment to greener buildings, sustainability and LEED.
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.
technology trends

Eight technology trends that could impact CRE

Eight technology trends have recently been flagged in a new global report, spanning various regions and industries, including real estate.
Factory Square

Former Blackberry plant now Factory Square

Sometime this fall, a former Blackberry manufacturing plant turned light-infused office building will open its doors to companies in a Waterloo, Ontario area branded as
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.
WELL

How TD Bank HQ achieved WELL certification

An interiors project for TD Bank headquarters recently became the world’s first project certified under v1 of the WELL Building certification.
OntarioGovernment

Ont government snubs commercial real estate

Commercial real estate operators have been largely excluded from incentives outlined in the newly released Climate Change Action Plan, even though they'll soon be absorbing the flow-through cost of carbon emission allowances in natural gas prices.
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.
office space

Toronto tech company rethinks its office space

In an effort to attract and retain talent, a growing company carves a unique space in a 35-year-old building to compete with Toronto's downtown core.
CO2 with earth globe.

Complex alternative to carbon tax questioned

Commercial and multi-residential real estate owners will catch a significant share of the fallout from Ontario's pending cap-and-trade system, but a projected natural gas price increase in the range of $0.84 to $1.05 per gigajoule is lower than carbon tax rates in British Columbia or Alberta.
maintenance

How to maximize a building system’s life cycle

The longevity of a building system depends on many factors, but a preventative maintenance program is a key step in prolonging the equipment's life cycle.
line painting

Line paint fades faster under new regs

In recent years, property owners and managers may have noticed that the line paint in their parking lots is fading more quickly.
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Alberta carbon fees to fund energy efficiency

As outlined in the 2016 Alberta budget, carbon fees will show up differently in the key utilities of electricity and natural gas, creating a blend of transparent and more nebulous new costs.
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Office condo set for Toronto’s north Yonge strip

Yonge Park Plaza will offer the opportunity to own office space within a hotel setting, when the seven-storey glass building begins to rise this year.