Energy efficiency 101: Why do an energy retrofit?

By |December 8th, 2017|

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.

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

By |December 4th, 2017|

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.

We’re hiring: Energy & IEQ Research Coordinator

By |November 27th, 2017|

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!

TransformTO Steps: Tackling costly air pollution through investment in low-carbon actions

By |November 17th, 2017|

When it comes to sources of air pollution in Toronto, transportation is king, according to the most recent report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. It's time to act and speed up the switch to low-carbon transportation. It's good for public health and for our climate.

Getting to know the region: Climate action in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

By |November 15th, 2017|

Following our new $17-million endowment from the Province of Ontario, TAF has been actively engaging key stakeholders to better our regional granting process and hear about climate action initiatives throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).

COMPASS: Better buildings through streamlined energy reporting and benchmarking

By |October 15th, 2017|

Energy modelling helps gauge and improve a building’s energy performance before it’s actually built. TAF recently supported the development of a new tool that will help compare and share such energy modelling data across Ontario.

TransformTO Steps: Toronto moves towards Zero Emissions Buildings

By |October 10th, 2017|

As Toronto continues to grow quickly, we need to get emissions from new construction under control if we want to reach our 2050 climate target. That’s Council approval for the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 for new buildings is such an important step.

Net-Zero Toronto Laneway Housing Concept Wins International Design Competition

By |September 26th, 2017|

Climate innovation made in Toronto: Students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto recently took the grand prize at the U.S. Department of Energy’s fourth annual Race to Zero Design Competition — with a design for a net-zero laneway house.

New TAF research reveals carbon impact of electricity conservation

By |August 24th, 2017|

Quantifying the emissions impact of electricity consumption - and conservation efforts - is crucial for planning climate actions, whether it's a government policy or upgrades and behaviour shifts at home. TAF's latest research greatly improves such quantifications.

Left in the dark: Ontario municipalities need energy data for meaningful climate action

By |August 14th, 2017|

A proper carbon emissions inventory is a crucial starting point for city-level climate action. But unfortunately, many cities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), don't have gas and electricity consumption data - but utilities do. That's why TAF asked the Ontario government to make this data public.