Next phase of TowerWise program set to show path to deep building energy efficiency

By |December 14th, 2017|

TAF is launching the next phase of its TowerWise retrofit program. It will include four demonstration sites with different building types, demographics, and ownership structures in Toronto and Hamilton, representing the broader multi-residential sector – including social housing.

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.

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.

No buildings left behind: A near-zero emissions future for Canada’s existing buildings

By |October 6th, 2017|

Canada has to include existing buildings in its transition to a low-carbon future. Research from The Atmospheric Fund and the Pembina Institute outlines a comprehensive national strategy to make our existing building stock energy efficient.

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?

Daily Commercial News: Low-carbon buildings shift requires all governments to step up

By |September 7th, 2017|

Eight months after the adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change it's time to pursue some of the lowest cost, most rapidly achievable ways to reduce carbon emissions - improving energy efficiency in buildings.

Canada’s existing buildings hold key to climate targets

By |August 29th, 2017|

Governments at all levels in Canada are moving toward requiring new buildings to be low-carbon and energy-efficient. But Canada still lacks a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions from existing buildings. Read the joint media release by Pembina Institute and The Atmospheric Fund.

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.