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 […]

Energy reporting beyond Toronto: Ontario announcement changes the game

By |October 30th, 2015|

It’s even better than we could have hoped. After two years of working with the City and key stakeholders to develop and secure city council support for an Energy Reporting and Benchmarking (ERB) by-law, Ontario just announced energy efficiency amendments to the Green Energy Act (GEA) intended to […]

Toronto Community Housing retrofits help residents and the climate

By |October 2nd, 2015|

TAF’s new $4.2 million TowerWise Retrofit Project will finance and implement energy efficiency upgrades in seven Toronto Community Housing buildings across Metro Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York. In addition to expected greenhouse gas reductions of 30%, the project will be complimented by a slew of other benefits.

Closing the loop – local geothermal heat pump performance

By |August 18th, 2015|

Homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area are experiencing deep energy savings by harvesting ground heat with geothermal heat pump (AKA geoexchange) systems. With energy savings of 30-70% and 20-95% for space heating and cooling respectively, it is no wonder this emerging technology is experiencing increased interest across Canada.

Indoor environmental quality: the next frontier in building monitoring

By |March 19th, 2015|

How TAF is leading a important study of indoor environmental quality in Toronto's apartment buildings.

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 […]

Building sustainability…slowly

By |June 16th, 2014|

How can we convince owners of mid-size commercial and residential buildings to do business with us? Because, frankly, we’re offering them a sweet deal.

This was the central question at the session I recently attended at the American Conference on Energy-Efficient Economies in Washington, DC. […]

The future is friendly for the Robert Cooke Co-op

By |June 10th, 2014|

The residents of Robert Cooke Co-Operative Homes now have a brand new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system in their 13-storey building. Appliances and fixtures – stoves, fridges and toilets – have been upgraded to energy efficient models in the co-op’s 123 apartments, as has […]

New guide for developers offers clear thinking on how to meet new Toronto Green Standard

By |March 6th, 2014|

Toronto is unique among Ontario municipalities in having its own energy and environmental standards for new construction under the Toronto Green Standard (TGS). The TGS first took effect in 2010, and an updated version was adopted by City Council last summer. The new and […]

Canadians are “technology optimists”

By |January 21st, 2014|

“Our general default on technology is that it’s a good thing…we see technology as a way to eventually solve our problems related to health and the environment” says Nik Nanos, chairman of Nanos Research.  A late-November Nanos Research/Policy Options poll explored how Canadians perceive the […]