Policy Options: Governments need to act on energy-efficient buildings shift

By |September 7th, 2017|

The shift to ultra-energy-efficient and low-carbon homes and buildings will help Canada reach its 2030 climate target under the Paris Agreement as well as its longer-term decarbonization goals. It will also reduce energy costs for Canadians, TAF CEO Julia Langer and Pembina Institute's Director of Buildings and Urban Solutions Karen Tam Wu emphasize in their submission to Policy Options.

The Atmospheric Fund VP Tim Stoate appointed to new Green Ontario Fund Board

By |August 30th, 2017|

TAF welcomes the appointment of its VP for Impact Investing Tim Stoate to the board of the newly-formed Green Ontario Fund. The fund will help reduce energy costs for homeowners and businesses while reducing Ontario's carbon emissions.

Green building summit pushes the envelope on net-zero carbon buildings

By |June 15th, 2017|

TAF's Building Research Manager Ekaterina Tzekova recently attended the CaGBC's annual conference in Vancouver. Here are her key takeaways. This year’s conference focused on actionable solutions to climate change and included the unveiling of the new Zero Carbon Building standard.

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.

National Observer: Stamping out climate pollution in buildings – the challenge facing Canada’s cities

By |May 3rd, 2017|

Canada’s biggest city needs to up its game when it comes to stamping out carbon pollution from buildings, as the latest Stats Canada numbers show a continued increase in multi-residential buildings. National Observer quotes TAF CEO Julia Langer extensively in this article.

Financing for energy efficiency retrofits a key Infrastructure Bank opportunity

By |March 21st, 2017|

The nascent Canadian Infrastructure Bank is a golden opportunity to invest in energy efficiency on a large scale. By scaling up retrofits and reducing energy waste across Canada, the CIB would yield a financial and environmental Return on Investment.

Seven heat pumps perfect for Ontario homes

By |March 8th, 2017|

Heat pumps, the unsung hero of the energy world, are mechanical devices that can harvest renewable thermal energy for space heating and cooling. They’ve been identified globally as a key solution to building and retrofitting low-carbon buildings, and they help consumers save on energy […]

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TransformTO Talks: Nurses speak up for carbon reduction and health

By |January 24th, 2017|

Kim Jarvi is Senior Economist in the Policy Department at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). His focus includes environmental, economic, and health policy. Kim sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO.  This is the fourth interview in our TransformTO […]

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New video for our TowerWise retrofit project

By |June 8th, 2016|

Around half of Toronto’s carbon emissions come from buildings. That means that improving energy efficiency is key to bringing down our city’s climate pollution. But not all buildings are created equal. A large part of Toronto’s population lives in over 2,000 high-rises that were […]

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Ontario kick-starts climate action with $325M down payment

By |February 22nd, 2016|

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund is committing $325 million to projects that will reduce emissions, grow the economy and create jobs. In recent weeks, four major announcements have focussed on amping up investment in energy retrofits of homes and social housing, proliferating electric vehicles,  and sparking […]

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