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Indoor environmental quality: the next frontier in building monitoring

By |March 19th, 2015|

How TAF is leading a important study of indoor environmental quality in Toronto's apartment buildings.

Can Toronto’s buildings be carbon-neutral?

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Earlier this month, the International Union of Architects (UIA) issued a stunning announcement. Member organizations of the UIA – representing more than 1.3 million architects in 124 countries around the world – unanimously adopted the “2050 Imperative,” a declaration to eliminate CO2 emissions in […]

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The art of the retrofit

By |August 6th, 2014|

The quandary of making buildings more energy efficient without forfeiting comfort and air quality is one that, as an engineer at TAF, I am preoccupied with. Sure I want to reduce leakage in the building envelope. But I also understand the need for fresh […]

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What we’re doing about the indoor environment

By |July 17th, 2014|

While a lot of our work at Toronto Atmospheric Fund is focused on making the city’s buildings more energy efficient, we’ve started to turn our attention to other concerns inside the building.

Initially, we were strictly involved with the implementation of energy-efficient measures aimed at […]

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The future is friendly for the Robert Cooke Co-op

By |June 10th, 2014|

The residents of Robert Cooke Co-Operative Homes now have a brand new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system in their 13-storey building. Appliances and fixtures – stoves, fridges and toilets – have been upgraded to energy efficient models in the co-op’s 123 apartments, as has […]

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The new natural gas demand side management framework

By |May 30th, 2014|

Natural gas is a valuable resource.  We use it to heat our buildings and to provide us with hot water, and we burn it to produce electricity.  But burning natural gas produces carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas (GHG) that contributes to climate […]

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How energy reporting can reduce emissions, create jobs and save millions

By |March 25th, 2014|

If it’s true that you can only manage what you can measure, then implementing a reporting system where owners of large buildings submit data on their building’s energy use would clearly be a useful tool to drive energy efficiency measures on a big scale.

At […]

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New nukes canned: biggest impediment to Ontario electricity conservation off the table

By |October 21st, 2013|

The Ontario government’s recent announcement that new nuclear reactors will not be part of Ontario’s long-term electricity plan is good news for health, the environment, and the economy. We don’t need to spend over $26 billion (plus inevitable cost over-runs) when electricity demand decreased […]

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Want greener taxis? Let the City know.

By |April 5th, 2013|

Love ’em or hate ’em, everyone has an opinion about Toronto’s taxis.

On a professional level, I see them as an important part of a sustainable transportation system that includes walking, cycling, public transit, carpooling and carsharing. On a personal level, I see them from […]

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Electric vehicles in fleets: driving is believing

By |October 29th, 2012|

After only two months of working for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, I took a trip to Winnipeg for Canada’s first national EV conference. It was chock full of academics, entrepreneurs and dreamers.

Five years later, I’ve just returned from Electric Mobility Canada’s EV 2012 VE […]

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