Green Rating Systems and Certification

Monday, 25 January 2016 by

Sustainable construction and operation of our built environment is key to our planet’s future. While we can argue that any step towards a sustainable environment is a positive one, having rating and certification systems helps guide us to achieving our building goals. There are many sustainable building rating systems available to the North American market.

There was an interesting article recently in the New York  Times recently regarding using Algae on Municipal sewage to create diesel fuel, fertilizer and carbon credits.  A Nevada company claims that they can do this cost effectively. The general consensus among climate change scientists and engineers is that there is no single solution that will

Energy Retrofits at Lakeridge Health

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 by

In November 2013, the Ontario Hospital Association named Lakeridge Health the Green Hospital of the Year. The award recognizes the hospital’s multi-faceted energy efficiency and waste reduction measures. “We’re for healthy communities, and that’s what this project is all about,” said Lakeridge Health President and CEO Kevin Empey. “We’re reducing our environmental footprint together with

Real-Time Wind Power Capacity Tracker

Monday, 24 February 2014 by

From the IESO Website: The Wind Power in Ontario Map helps to better demonstrate how wind power is contributing to the province’s electricity needs. It shows the forecast hourly wind output at a province-wide level and for certain regions over the next 48 hours. It also shows the last available hour’s output of each wind

Hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicle ownership is expanding. Building owners need to be prepared for the future of electric vehicles and charging stations. Many employers such as Google, Adobe and SAP in the US are already purchasing and installing charging stations. What do you need to know to be on top of this

Solar PV Third-Party Reviews

Saturday, 28 September 2013 by

What performance should one expect from a photovoltaic system, and how does one evaluate the real-time performance against a 3rd party system? There are many ways to install solar panels. Ground vs. roof mounted, hard tie vs. ballasted, stationary vs. tracking etc. and there are appropriate applications for each. No two installations are the same,