With the growing awareness of climate change and its impact on the environment as well as the need to address these issues responsibly; the MOECC (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) has developed strict guidelines and requirements for any future development in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, and increase our ‘Environmental Awareness’. These

Cap & Trade in Ontario

Monday, 31 July 2017 by

At the beginning of this year, the first compliance period of the Ontario cap and trade program began. The cap and trade program is designed to encourage the reduction of carbon emissions in the province and meet percent reductions of carbon emissions mandated by the Federal Government of Canada. For most, the additional costs of

Traits of a Great Project Manager

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 by

The title “Project Manager” is used frequently across the Engineering disciplines.  Unlike a Professional Engineering licence, the title is an un-regulated one and most anyone can assume the role.  In light of this the Project Management Institute (PMI) aims to set a high standard with its Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.  The requirements are difficult

Global Adjustment In 2005, the Ontario government established a line item on electricity bills called Global Adjustment (GA).  The intent of GA was to account for differences in the Hourly Ontario Energy Price (HOEP) and the contracted electricity rates that the Ontario government pays to third party contracts through Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Independent Electricity

I have recently been involved in a pool dehumidification project to size and select a new dehumidification unit for a pool in the Toronto area. It was a small indoor pool, around 1000 SFT in size, used by tenants for recreational purposes. The Pool house was built above ground with lots of glass walls and

ASHRAE: Commitment to Sustainability

Thursday, 08 June 2017 by

ASHRAE President Tim Wentz reaffirms ASHRAE’s commitment to “serve humanity and create a more sustainable world” in response to the US government’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In response to the US government’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, 211 mayors representing 54 million Americans indicated that they

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development issued a report quantifying the impact of pollution and climate change on Canadian society.  Highlights are: Urban smog is responsible for 7,712 deaths in 2015. Climate change related heat waves cost an estimated $1.6B in 2015. The cost of extreme weather events from climate change could not be calculated

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A refrigeration system is a combination of equipment connected in a closed circuit. A refrigerant is cycled through this circuit absorbing heat in one space and rejecting it to another. Many different compounds are used as refrigerants, but unfortunately many compounds that make excellent refrigerants can be harmful if leaked into an occupied space. As

CHP, or combined heat and power, is an innovative way of reducing the operating costs of your building by generating a portion of your buildings on-site electrical demand and supplementing heat to your primary heating source and domestic hot water systems. Natural gas is burned in an engine to produce electricity and useful heat. CHP

Ontario Cap and Trade

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 by

Historically, the price of energy includes all costs required to supply and deliver that energy to you, whether it is electricity, natural gas, gasoline, etc.  Some of these forms of energy have additional fees associate with them to account for infrastructure such as pipelines or roads.  But pricing does not reflect the effects on the

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