Tag Archives: Green Buildings

After the ice storm – Give your building some love

It seems every post-holiday conversation this week is starting with stories about experiences during the power outages caused by the recent ice storm. Now might be a good time to consider the Joni Mitchell refrain that “You don’t know what … Continue reading

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First annual benchmarking report on City facilities

One of the lesser known provisions of Ontario’s Green Energy Act is a requirement that all public agencies, including cities, publish annual benchmarking reports summarizing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings. This summer the City of Toronto … Continue reading

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From green buildings to green districts

Last Thursday October 3, I attended the 2013 Green Building Festival organized by Sustainable Buildings Canada. While there were far too many great presentations to summarize here, I’ve picked out a few highlights and themes to share with you. Thinking … Continue reading

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Peer Pressure: How a coalition of states convinced the DOE to update its efficiency standards

On Friday, May 9, 2013, a coalition of 10 U.S. states and the City of New York announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to update efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, electric … Continue reading

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Inside Canada’s Greenest Workplace

by Jimmy Lu Bryan and I recently visited one of the world’s most efficient buildings, the Earth Ranger’s Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge, Ontario. Earth Rangers is a kids’ conservation organization that certainly walks the talk of environmental stewardship. In addition … Continue reading

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