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.

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.

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 […]

Let’s get it right – Ontario’s energy reporting and benchmarking policy

By |April 1st, 2016|

The Ontario government is proving its commitment to large building energy reporting and benchmarking.  Following closely on the heels of the enabling legislation, the Ontario government has proposed draft regulations for its province-wide large building energy and water benchmarking and reporting (EWRB) policy.  TAF […]

ABCs of counting GHGs: Net zero buildings

By |March 16th, 2016|

When you’re in the business of carbon reduction, how do you come up with the data to account for the actual amount of emissions released into or reduced from the atmosphere?  TAF follows a complex greenhouse gas (GHG) quantification process every time we evaluate […]

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 […]

Coming to large buildings near you: landmark energy reporting policy

By |July 7th, 2015|

City Council has just committed to implementing an Energy Reporting and Benchmarking policy for large buildings, a long-awaited victory for one of TAF’s key policy initiatives. Energy reporting and benchmarking is high on the list of strategies to reduce urban emissions, as 37% of […]

Pumping energy savings – global heat pump performance review

By |June 9th, 2015|

Heating homes and buildings account for over one third of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from natural gas-burning furnaces and boilers. Achieving Toronto’s 2050 climate targets will require transitioning from natural gas to cleaner technologies, which has motivated TAF to explore the performance of heat pumps.

New Toronto bylaw will reveal energy price tags in buildings

By |March 12th, 2015|

Mandatory energy benchmarking for buildings is a key policy for reducing GHG emissions. Toronto is seeking stakeholder input on a benchmarking bylaw.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ontario’s New Natural Gas Conservation Framework

By |January 23rd, 2015|

On December 22, 2014, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) quietly issued a new regulatory framework to govern natural gas