Sustainable Practices

LED light

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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.

Canadian Apartment Magazine

How to achieve energy efficiency in 2015

Achieving energy efficiency in multi-residential properties is the new normal. With the cost of utilities rising, apartment owners are benefitting more than ever by finding new ways to save.
environmental performance

Building Strategies & Sustainability

BOMA BESt results show performance gains

BOMA BESt participants demonstrate long-term commitment to the environmental performance assessment program with a flurry of building re-certifications in 2014.
Green building

Canadian Apartment Magazine

MURB sector favours alternative to BOMA BESt

Ontario's Certified Rental Building program adds green standards, while BOMA BESt's multi-residential participation rate declines.
tenant

Canadian Property Management

Tenant demand propels sustainable measures

The more human aspect of sustainability was the focus of a recent discussion on tenant demands for green space, at Toronto’s Green Real Estate Conference
Green City

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Climate change spurs business opportunity

Tucked into the back of the Metro Convention Centre at Toronto’s Green Living Show on March 27, 2015, a group of scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs
recycling_program

Building Strategies & Sustainability

National Waste Benchmarking Study released

The Recycling Council of Ontario’s first commercial, industrial and institutional waste performance benchmarking study has been released, revealing an immediate need for industry-wide improvement, with
water damage

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Greywater and stormwater use in buildings

A large cistern installed near the main plumbing lab in Peterborough’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre at Fleming College is ready to harvest rainwater. This
well-being

Canadian Property Management

Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment

Mental health, including depression, is the leading cause of short-term disability in the global workplace. In Canada, 50 per cent of short-term disability claims are
Water

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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
KimberleySolarFacility

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Something new under the sun in Kimberley B.C.

Off Highway 95A, between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, where the sun shines more than 300 days of the year, lies Kimberley, British Columbia, population
Montreal-greenroof

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Red tape stifles Quebec’s green roofs

In Montreal, Saint-Laurent borough Mayor Alan DeSousa has a seemingly straightforward goal: to promote green roofs on private sector developments. DeSousa, who received the 2014
recycling_program

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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
sustainability_solution

Building Strategies & Sustainability

BOMA BESt offers portfolio-based application

BOMA BESt's new portfolio-wide application targets light industrial and open-air retail properties
target

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Extended phase-in for new LEED certification

LEED proponents will now have an extra 16 months to register projects under current criteria before the more rigorous LEED version 4 becomes mandatory in November 2016.

Building Strategies & Sustainability

GRESB survey pegs real estate sustainability

Owners, managers, investors and tenants increasingly look to the GRESB survey's sustainability reporting.
energy data

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Energy reporting right on the Green Button

With energy reporting initiative Green Button currently being rolled out in Ontario, property managers and building owners are a step closer to better managing their