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Engineering firm awarded 2018 ENERGY STAR certification for Quebec headquarters

November 14, 2018

The Quebec City headquarters of engineering firm Ambioner has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 93. Strategies used to achieve high energy performance for the 11,000 square foot building–constructed in 2014–include: solar wall, heat pump, natural

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Funding available for energy efficiency projects

November 6, 2018

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals. Benchmarking, labelling and disclosure initiatives NRCan provides

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Canada’s first net-zero supermarket receives $1.4M in federal funding

October 17, 2018

A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON. The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its

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Manitoba, Alberta schools recognized for sustainability initiatives

October 2, 2018

Two Canadian schools have been awarded in the annual Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Greenest School in Canada competition. Lacombe Composite High School in Lacombe, AB and Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON were recognized for the use of

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Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver sign global agreement to reach net zero by 2050

September 6, 2018

Mayors of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050. Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to:

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First Zero Carbon building design certification goes to Cora Group

August 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group in Waterloo, ON and Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON earned Canada’s first and second Zero Carbon Building Design certifications from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The Cora Group was presented Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design

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Share your knowledge of high-impact technologies

August 21, 2018

ASHRAE has issued call for abstracts for the 2019 Buildings XIV International Conference, to be held in Clearwater Beach, FL from December 9 to 12. Papers should focus on the development of high impact technologies and processes that are lifecycle

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ASHRAE releases guide for energy-efficient building design

August 13, 2018

ASHRAE has published a resource for building professionals designing efficient and grid-responsive buildings. Titled “Building Our New Energy Future,” the guide aligns with ASHRAE’s 2018-19 society theme of the same name. The resource was developed in collaboration with the American

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Honeywell Home spinoff company, Resideo, to be operational by end of 2018

August 9, 2018

Honeywell has announced that Resideo will be the name of its new company, created through a spin-off of its Home and ADI Global Distribution businesses. The spin-off is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Products from

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Amal Clooney to kick off 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

August 1, 2018

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from November 14 to 16, 2018. This

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Federal, provincial governments contribute $53.5M for Efficiency Nova Scotia

July 25, 2018

Efficiency Nova Scotia will receive $53.5 million in funding from federal and provincial governments over the next four years. Distributors, contractors, consulting engineers and other energy efficiency trade professionals must complete an online application to be listed in the Efficiency

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ASHRAE president focused on energy efficiency, innovative technologies for 2018-19

July 23, 2018

Sheila Hayter kicked off her term as ASHRAE president for 2018-19 at the association’s annual conference, held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX from June 23-27. Hayter’s theme for the upcoming year, “Building Our New Energy

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Passive House Canada heads to Vancouver for 2018 conference

July 10, 2018

The Passive House Canada conference returns to the Vancouver convention centre November 7 to 8, 2018 with the theme “Partnering for Transformation.” Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee (UNECE) on Forests and the

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Morguard awarded for energy-efficient buildings by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

July 5, 2018

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, or HOOPP, awarded Morguard Investments Limited for its sustainable properties in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB. Morguard was presented the Energy Saver: Performance Award for reduction in energy consumption at Robson Central in Vancouver, BC.

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Vancouver to construct fire hall to Passive House standards

July 4, 2018

The City of Vancouver will replace its aging fire hall No. 17 with a newly constructed building designed to Passive House Standards. Along with a small group of projects, the hall is part of the Canada Green Building Council Zero

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Energy efficient construction incentives offered through new NB Power program

June 29, 2018

NB Power has launched the New Home Energy Savings Program, which offers homeowners up to $10,000 in incentives for energy efficient construction. Through the program, the builder or homebuyer will receive energy efficient building plan recommendations. The program is performance-based,

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BOMA launches challenge to improve energy efficiency of Quebec buildings

June 22, 2018

BOMA Quebec has launched the Building Energy Challenge, which aims to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions of Quebec’s commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings. The challenge, which will take place over four years, is geared towards building owners, managers and

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Armstrong partners with industry leaders to launch global “2 in 22” GHG initiative

June 20, 2018

Armstrong Fluid Technology announced at its Global Energy Summit in Toronto that the company is committed to reducing GHG among its installed customer base by two million tons by the year 2022. When making the announcement on June 19, Armstrong’s

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Honeywell, Carleton release energy plan for university’s campuses

June 19, 2018

Ottawa’s Carleton University has released its latest sustainability plan. The plan, jointly developed with Honeywell, aims to reduce energy and water consumption across the university’s campuses. The 2018-2021 Energy Master Plan is focused on facility conditions, energy utilization and sustainability

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Ryerson receives funding to prototype cloud-based switching system for residential HVAC

June 19, 2018

Ryerson University engineering students will design and prototype a cloud-based smart dual fuel switching system (SDFSS) for residential hybrid HVAC systems. The university received a grant for the project from ASHRAE as part of the organization’s 2018 Undergraduate Program Equipment

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Quebec tables draft regulation to modify energy-efficient appliance requirements

June 18, 2018

The Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources has tabled a draft regulation to modify existing regulation on the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. Minister Pierre Moreau stated in the draft that the regulation is intended to harmonize

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Kohler WasteLab looks to repurpose industrial waste into new products

June 15, 2018

Kohler WasteLab associates shared their latest work to repurpose industrial waste materials during a Facebook Live panel. The team’s first project uses pottery cull, iron slag, leftover glazes and enamel powder to create ceramic tiles, which Kohler expects to begin

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CaGBC awards Mohawk College with Canada’s second Zero Carbon Building Design certification

June 15, 2018

Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON has earned Canada’s second Zero Carbon Building Design certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The college was awarded the certification for its planned Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation. The first to receive

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CIPH awards Toronto brewery for water conservation

May 15, 2018

Toronto, ON-based brewery Steam Whistle has been awarded the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) National Water Wise Award, which recognizes a commitment to water conservation and purification. Steam Whistle recently launched a program to conserve water through the

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Waterloo office building earns Canada’s first zero carbon certification

May 11, 2018

The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multi-tenant office building in Waterloo, ON. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presented the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon balance

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NRCan focuses on space heating and cold climate heat pump adoption

May 2, 2018

Amendments to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations will roll out across product categories starting in 2019 as part of the Pan-Canadian Framework. Debbie Scharf, director of NRCan’s equipment division, led a two-part talk on the framework at a recent HRAI manufacturers

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Geothermal heat pump technology rebates offered by NB Power

May 1, 2018

NB Power has included geothermal heat pump technology among a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. The news was welcomed by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC), an industry association for renewable heat pump technology. “This type of program

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Online rebates and home improvement incentives announced for Alberta

April 30, 2018

Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced new incentives and rebates as part of its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Instant Savings are now available on easy-to-install energy-efficient products at retailers across the province, including programmable and smart thermostats. A $75

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Enbridge hosts webinars on new energy rebate program

April 17, 2018

Enbridge Gas will host a webinar on April 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. on its Home Energy Conservation Program. The final webinar is one of five held by Enbridge to share new additions to the program. According to the company,

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Some Ontario building owners must report water use by July 2018

April 5, 2018

Ontario building owners may need to benchmark energy and water use annually. Commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings 250,000 square feet or larger are required to submit a report using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The first deadline to submit is