7 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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.

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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

Climate Week: Solutions lie in the building sector

By |September 23rd, 2014|

This year marks the sixth anniversary of Climate Week, which got off to an extraordinary start with yesterday’s People’s Climate March. In New York City, where most of the climate action is taking place including the UN Climate Summit, more than 300,000 people took […]

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My summer with TAF

By |September 9th, 2014|

Our summer intern, Nicole Langballe, wrote this guest blog about her time with us at TAF. Nicole is now a graduate student in the engineering program at University of Toronto.

I just concluded my six-week internship with Toronto Atmospheric Fund before heading back to school this […]

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