TransformTO Steps: Toronto set to move 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 why this week's committee decision on the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 for new buildings is so important.

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.

80×50 E-News September, 2017

By |September 15th, 2017|

Read our latest e-news: Climate disasters from B.C. wildfires to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey show the need for action. Plus, Ontario launches the Green Ontario Fund, which will help drive down emissions across the province. TAF VP Tim Stoate has been appointed to the board of the new fund. Also, e-mobility is on the rise around the world, so where is Canada?

TAF launches new Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator

By |May 29th, 2017|

Cities across Canada want to bring down carbon emissions from buildings. But what's the right policy mix to increase energy efficiency? The Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (BEE-Cal for short) gives municipal planners a nifty tool for policy planning around energy efficiency.

NOW Magazine: Toronto’s glass condos are burning thermal holes in the sky

By |May 17th, 2017|

As the ambitious TransformTO climate plan will soon reach City Council, NOW takes a closer look at Toronto's building stock - the source of more than half of the city's carbon emissions. The glass condo boom may be setting us up for failure, Adria Vasil argues. Since most of the floor space that will exist in 2030 has already been built, retrofitting our existing building stock is critical to meeting our climate change goals.

TransformTO: Here’s the blueprint to reach Toronto’s climate target

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Toronto shares an ambitious climate target with other world cities like London and Washington, D.C. – reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. But how do we get there? After more than two years, the TransformTO team – consisting of TAF, City staff, and independent […]

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What’s the renewal potential for tower sites in the GTA?

By |September 30th, 2016|

Almost one million people live in several thousand concrete tower blocks throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Many of these apartment buildings, built between the 1940s and 1980s, are inefficient and in deteriorating condition. Many are also surrounded by spaces that are underused and poorly […]

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Why is Ontario turning its back on renewables?

By |September 28th, 2016|

Yesterday the Ontario government cancelled future large-scale clean power projects, claiming that we have no “urgent need” to procure more electricity supply. What is clear is that projection of Ontario’s electricity generation needs is a difficult challenge, and over-projection of need has left Ontario […]

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Beyond carbon: The true value of energy-efficient buildings

By |August 22nd, 2016|

Transforming the built environment = investing in prosperous, healthy and equitable communities

Joint blog by Vivian Chung, policy research and engagement coordinator at TAF and guest blogger Dylan Heerema, analyst with the buildings and urban solutions program at the Pembina Institute in Vancouver.

There is growing recognition across the country […]

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Canada ranks tenth of 23 countries in energy efficiency

By |July 26th, 2016|

Germany, Italy, and Japan ranked the top countries in the world when it comes to using energy efficiently. And Canada?

We’re middle of the pack, an un-inspiring tenth.

Countries like Poland, Turkey, and Indonesia bring up the rear (and Saudia Arabia is dead last).

The 2016 International Energy […]

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