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ZeroHouse: A made-in-Toronto net zero housing solution

January 19th, 2018 | By |

How can we reduce emissions from new residential buildings while addressing the housing shortage in the GTHA, especially the gap between high-rises and detached homes? The ZeroHouse, co-developed by Ryerson University students and the Endeavour Centre, shows how to address both issues.

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TransformTO: Full funding is critical for climate action

January 10th, 2018 | By |

When it comes to meeting Toronto’s climate targets, words are not enough. We need to invest to achieve our goals, starting now. That’s why the Council decision on the TransformTO 2018 operating budget is so important. Read TAF's letter to the City's Budget Committee.

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Picture2050: Today’s photos can show us our future city

January 5th, 2018 | By |

To create something, you must first be able to picture it. Such visions often sprout from a seed that already exists; something you would like to see grow and expand to reach its potential. This is very much the idea behind the current #Picture2050 photo contest that's inspired by the TransformTO climate plan for Toronto.

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Best bang for our climate bucks: Looking beyond cost per tonne

January 4th, 2018 | By |

Would anyone ditch all fruits and vegetables and switch to a carbs-only diet because it's the cheapest? Obviously not. Likewise, governments shouldn't solely focus on cost per tonne of emissions reduced when it comes to investing public dollars in climate action. A nuanced approach is what we need.

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Money on the table: Why investors miss out on the energy efficiency market

December 31st, 2017 | By |

Energy efficiency retrofits in Canada represent a multi-billion dollar market opportunity, yet investment levels remain low. TAF's latest report identifies three market failures that hamper investment and maps out how to overcome them based on international best practices.

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After the Big Move: Metrolinx maps the future of regional transportation

December 22nd, 2017 | By |

The GTHA keeps growing, so how will regional transportation keep up? A new draft plan by Metrolinx sets out a path to 2041. TAF and Pembina Institute took a closer look at what works and what's missing in the 20-plus year planning document that will shape how we get around the region.

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TowerWise: TAF launches new phase of energy retrofit program

December 14th, 2017 | By |

We spend the vast majority of our time indoors, but we rarely make the connection between our activities and the fact that buildings are a major source of carbon emissions. We need to significantly improve the way existing buildings perform – and we need to do it quickly. TAF is doing just that with the next phase of its TowerWise retrofit program.

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Energy efficiency 101: Why do an energy retrofit?

December 8th, 2017 | By |

Operating a building is costly – with energy costs usually being the largest variable expense building operators can influence. An energy efficiency retrofit is the best way to reduce these costs. But there are more benefits, our VP of Impact Investing Tim Stoate explains.

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From Germany to Canada: There’s no way around the transport transformation

December 4th, 2017 | By |

The auto industry faces the largest transformation of its history as the future of the internal combustion engine, private ownership of cars, and even driving itself as an expression of individuality are all in question. Car makers in Germany and Canada need to face these simultaneous challenges or risk losing out, guest blogger Christian Hochfeld writes.

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We’re hiring: Energy & IEQ Research Coordinator

November 27th, 2017 | By |

We’re looking for a motivated individual to research and support building retrofits, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) as part of TAF's flagship TowerWise retrofit program. Do you have an engineering degree and are passionate about tackling carbon emissions from buildings? Take a look!