“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 […]
by Jimmy Lu
Bryan and I recently visited one of the world’s most efficient buildings, the Earth Ranger’s Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge, Ontario. Earth Rangers is a kids’ conservation organization that certainly walks the talk of environmental stewardship. In addition to educating children on biodiversity, […]
The plethora of high-rise condo developments sprouting up around Toronto is raising a growing number of questions, chief among them – are these buildings sustainable? Many of these buildings feature window-wall systems. Basically, while the floors and supports are made of good old […]
From competing priorities for scare capital dollars to doubt about energy savings materializing to an aversion to borrowing, buildings owners face no shortage of barriers when contemplating an energy efficiency retrofit.
I recently presented to a group of health care professionals at the Construct Canada […]
There is enormous potential to improve the energy efficiency of Ontario’s rental housing stock – studies have shown economic potential to reduce energy consumption by 20-50% in typical apartment buildings. We’ve profiled a number of such projects through our TowerWise case studies. Realizing this […]
With over 50% of Toronto’s GHG emissions resulting from energy-use in buildings, financing energy efficiency in the built environment has become one of TAF’s core priorities. While capital costs are sited as the number one barrier to energy efficient buildings, there are financial solutions […]