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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

Integrated, “whole-building” energy modelling is a process in which all design options related to a building’s energy consumption and generation are simulated and mapped. It is increasingly being used in support of building energy code compliance, green building standard evaluation, and utility and government incentive programs. Recent advances in both energy modelling software and computing power have made it easier to execute what are known as parametric simulations. These types of...

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GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 on sustainability benchmark

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GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 on sustainability benchmark

The Global Real Estate Benchmark (GRESB), which evaluates and ranks the sustainability practices of real estate companies, has named GWL Realty Advisors No. 1 in Canada. The benchmark is used by the investor community to better understand real estate companies’ environmental, social and governance activities and the sustainability performance of their portfolios. “We view the management of environmental, social and governance factors as part of our duty to our clients, being important to...

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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

The transition to a low carbon economy could take many paths. Hydrocarbon fuels have been part of our lives for decades, taking civilization from an economy built around wood and coal to one far more affordable and and efficient, with an increased quality of life. While oil and gas will continue as part of Canada’s energy mix for some time to come, the transition to a lower carbon future is inevitable. Four energy futurists share their visions on what that transition could look like. David...

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Green-Collar Workers Will Help Shape Canada’s Next-Gen Cities

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Green-Collar Workers Will Help Shape Canada’s Next-Gen Cities

We are on the verge of yet another pivotal moment in our nation’s infrastructure history — one that is sure to again shape our future economy. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure — and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy would have developed very differently were it not for the construction of a transcontinental railway just fourteen years after Confederation in 1867. In the afterglow of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the country and...

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Metro Vancouver apartments, condos face fines for food scraps on July 1

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Metro Vancouver apartments, condos face fines for food scraps on July 1

Story by: Chad Pawson, CBC News Region to start levying fines effective July 1, but some organic waste recyclers not ready Some organic waste recyclers say many apartment buildings in Metro Vancouver still don’t have a system to keep food scraps out of the garbage. In January the region banned organics from landfills and incinerators. For the past six months it’s used education programs, but no fines to encourage buildings to comply. But on July 1, fines for bringing organics to...

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The Skyline Group of Companies Named Among Top Ten Private Businesses in Canada for Sustainable Growth

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The Skyline Group of Companies Named Among Top Ten Private Businesses in Canada for Sustainable Growth

Private Business Growth Award recognizes ten businesses that look beyond the top line for growth The Skyline Group of Companies is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Private Business Growth Award. Presented by Grant Thornton LLP and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the award celebrates private businesses that put sustainable growth at the top of their agenda. Ten companies across the country were shortlisted for their ability to achieve growth across five...

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Walk this way: The evolution of walkable cities in Canada

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Walk this way: The evolution of walkable cities in Canada

Story by:  Kat Sieniuc | BuzzBuzzHome Imagine if your morning commute to work amounted to rolling out of bed and pushing the “down” button in the elevator – without ever having to leave the building, let alone drive a car. That’s the reality for residents of Toranomon Hills, a 52-storey skyscraper near Roppongi Hills in Tokyo that also serves as an office building, hotel, garden, historical shrine and chapel, as well as multiple restaurants. It’s walking distance from 11 transit lines and...

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Measuring Payback: Assessing Green Initiatives

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Measuring Payback: Assessing Green Initiatives

Commercial owners and managers across North America are looking for creative ways to increase ROI and add investment value to existing properties. Energy retrofit projects are one pragmatic and earth-friendly way to achieve added value. In some cases, incentive funding can cover up to 25-30 percent of the project cost. But given the cost of implementing a new system or choosing a new contractor to handle your real estate energy needs, it isn’t easy to determine whether a significant investment...

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Green Expectations: Sustainability is a Sought After Amenity for Apartment Communities

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Green Expectations: Sustainability is a Sought After Amenity for Apartment Communities

There is no question that our world is changing, and creating a domino effect on any and all industries. And the multifamily industry is no exception. The green tint of sustainability has enveloped the world, and companies and governments are heeding the calls for a better environment in which we work and play. The multifamily industry has made significant strides to limit the uses of natural resources and offer eco-friendly living experiences, much to the satisfaction of younger renters who...

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‘Hoarding coalition’ to be led by Windsor Fire and Rescue

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‘Hoarding coalition’ to be led by Windsor Fire and Rescue

Windsor’s fire department on Wednesday announced a new strategy to deal with hoarding. Fire chief Bruce Montone says hoarding is a safety and health concern. Montone says there is more public awareness of hoarding today, due to reality TV shows such as Hoarders. In a media release, Windsor Fire and Rescue said “a trend of increased cases of hoarding has developed in Windsor.” In Windsor, different groups have been dealing with the problem on their own. Those groups will join...

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