Conservation

electricity rate relief

Canadian Property Management

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.
CDM incentives for portfolios

Canadian Apartment Magazine

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.
boilers

Canadian Property Management

Summer Planning Tips for Chillers and Boilers

The retrofit process for boilers should start long before out-of-date or insufficient systems start to fail.
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Canadian Property Management

Germany tops energy efficiency scorecard

No country is a candidate for the Dean's list, but Germany tops the rankings of 23 countries that account for three quarters of world energy consumption with a score of 73.5 out of 100. The average score is 51, although eliminating Saudi Arabia's exceptionally low performance would push it up to 53.
LED Lights

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Promoting rebates makes waves in the Maritimes

Electricity customers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are gaining guidance from award-winning public education and advocacy efforts.

Canadian Property Management

Toronto Housing conservation strategies lauded

Canada's largest social housing provider, with a portfolio of nearly 60,000 units in 2,100 buildings, was among 16 organizations honoured at last night's 2016 Energy Star Canada Awards ceremony in Winnipeg.
UL Environment

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Rule tweak proposed for gas furnace retrofits

Proposed amendments to Canada's energy efficiency regulations would introduce more stringent minimum performance standards for 20 categories of appliances and equipment and modify some problematic existing requirements.
restructuring

Building Strategies & Sustainability

ASHRAE explores achievable energy savings

Researchers modelled a range of technically advanced and commonly used building systems and equipment that could collectively outperform the ASHRAE 90.1 standard for energy use by nearly 48 per cent.
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Canadian Apartment Magazine

Multifamily energy upgrades address income gap

Advocates for American low-income households are calling for more flexible financing options to improve energy efficiency in apartment buildings.
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Canadian Property Management

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.
electricity_meter

Canadian Apartment Magazine

MURBs in on new and improved CDM programs

Toronto Hydro is promising some perks for the multi-residential sector as part of its effort to reduce customers' electricity consumption by nearly 1.6 million megawatt-hours (MWh) before 2021.
Lightbulbs_Energy

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Energy conservation critics rely on niche study

A new report questioning the cost-effectiveness of Ontario's energy conservation programs extrapolates from a 2015 U.S. study to make its case, even though one of the co-authors of that study has warned readers not to draw wider inferences from her work.
NexRev

Building Strategies & Sustainability

$2-billion GHG abatement fund set for 2017-18

The commercial real estate sector is primarily an indirect beneficiary of allocations in the 2016-17 federal budget, but the announcement of a pending $2-billion fund to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could hold more promise.
net-zero

REMI Network

Canada’s largest net-zero housing demo ends

Canadian home builders gathered in Ottawa to celebrate their involvement in the country’s largest net-zero energy housing demonstration project.
energy code

REMI Network

Changes to national energy code for new builds

About 90 updates to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 have been implemented to improve the energy performance of new buildings.
NexRev

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Energy efficiency standards to follow U.S. lead

Forthcoming updates to product performance requirements will be the first regulatory amendments since Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement aimed at harmonizing the two counties' energy efficiency standards and test procedures for rating equipment efficiency.
BRE Innovation Park

Building Strategies & Sustainability

BRE Innovation Park to accelerate sustainability

The BRE Innovation Park in Ontario will become a platform for the Canadian construction industry to demonstrate solutions to achieve low carbon buildings.