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The winning team from Conestoga College, (from left to right) Dan Marshall, Andrew Joseph, Kristina Taylor, Zeshan Anjum, Numair Khan Uppal and Santina Alagia.
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CIPH announces winners of Most Water Wise School Competition, commits to sponsoring annual competition

March 11, 2014

Conestoga engineering students take first place in first ever challenge

Grey water from washroom sinks is collected and used to dilute the acid waste from laboratories.
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Water reuse: Trends, barriers, and the future

March 1, 2014 by ROD YEOH

People are starting to realize that water is a precious resource and we have to treat it as such. In a city such as Vancouver, where I live, it can be easy to think that conserving water is an unneeded

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Marketing geothermal heat pump systems to residential customers

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Updated: ASHRAE announces Technology Award recipients

February 10, 2014

 A Canadian cheese factory is among the projects recognized by ASHRAE as innovative buildings in its Technology Awards program. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy

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ecobee appointments to support utility partnerships

January 23, 2014

As smart thermostat maker ecobee Inc. continues to partner on utility programs across North America, the company has hired two new executives on its business development team. Ann Perreault joins ecobee as director strategic partnerships, utilities and Ann Souter joins as

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The path to zero

January 20, 2014

Zero net energy buildings are a growing trend in the commercial building industry.

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Built Green Canada expands national presence

January 16, 2014

Built Green Canada is expanding into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, effective February 2014. Founded in 2003, the organization also has representation in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Built Green Canada is based out of Edmonton, AB. The expansion addresses the growing demand for responsible

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LEED leader honoured by The Order of Canada

January 8, 2014

Stephen Carpenter P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C, of MMM Group Limited (formerly Enermodal Engineering), has been named a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) in recognition of “his visionary leadership in the development and stewardship of Canada’s green building industry.” Carpenter was an

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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

November 15, 2013

Six recipients from several sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013 at the River Rock

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Bon Jovi performing at Greenbuild 2013

November 5, 2013

Rock band Bon Jovi will perform for thousands of green building professionals and community members at the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild will take place from November 20

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DOE rooftop challenge winners offer energy, cost savings

October 28, 2013

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that super-efficient rooftop units reduce energy costs an average of about 41 per cent compared to units in operation today. The newly published report (including a link for builders and others to

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Analysis finds energy-efficiency standards correct market failures, save money

October 24, 2013

Insights from south of the border on consumer purchasing decisions and energy costs.

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BC adopts National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

October 17, 2013

British Columbia has adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011), which will take effect in December 2013. Although BC is the first to adopt the code, the adoption process is underway in other jurisdictions. NECB 2011

Code will be the catalyst in making DWHR technology work say some manufacturers. Photo EcoInnovation
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Building Code Changes A Vanguard For DWHR Systems

October 1, 2013 by Patrick Callan

Manufacturers are hopeful that the rest of Canada will follow Ontario’s lead.

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Innovative Conversion Program Targets HCFC-22 Rinks

October 1, 2013 by Luc Boily

The City of Montreal has been moving forward with a cooling system conversion program for rinks still using HCFC-22 refrigerant. This motivated in part by the pressures of the Montreal Protocol, which will result in the phase out of HCFC-22

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ASHRAE seeks presenters, posters for HPB 2014 Conference

September 19, 2013

Presenters and posters are being sought for ASHRAE’s High Performance Buildings Conference, which will take place April 7-8, 2014, at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA. Abstracts for presentations are due October 25, 2013, while poster PDFs are due

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Capitalizing On Greening

September 2, 2013 by Steve Goldie

It takes more than technology to produce results.

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LEED v4 set to launch in the fall

August 20, 2013

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system will be updated following approval from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With 46 countries and territories worldwide represented, 86 per cent voted in favour of adopting the new

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Standard for Energy Upgrade Certificates of Homes released for public comment

July 30, 2013

The Building Performance Institute, Inc.’s (BPI)  BPI-2101-S-2013: Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades is available for public comment until August 6, 2013, and will soon be published as a BPI standard. BPI-2101 identifies a standard

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Change to FortisBC storage tank EF requirements

July 26, 2013

FortisBC now requires ENERGY STAR gas fired storage tank water heater models to have a 0.67 Energy Factor (EF) to qualify for its rebates. Current minimum efficiency standards in BC are 0.62 EF. FortisBC made the change to assist the

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Canadianized Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool goes live

July 24, 2013

The EPA’s Canadian-adapted ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager recently went live. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost environmental management tool that tracks building energy performance, which could be a trigger to encourage investments in energy retrofits and support tenant engagement efforts.

Tyler Stone (l), director of operations presents a commemorative plaque to Timothy Horne, who took over the reins of the company in 1978 until his retirement in 2002. It was under his leadership that the company went public and began the acquisition program that established Watts as an international presence. Photo ImagesPlus Photography
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Watts Water Technologies cuts the ribbon on NH foundry

June 26, 2013

Foundry supports company’s Lead Free initiative and creates employment

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British Columbia adopts National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

June 21, 2013

British Columbia has officially adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011, which will take effect in December of this year. While British Columbia is the first to adopt the code, the adoption processes in other jurisdictions

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Enerconcept set to capture broader marketshare

June 13, 2013

Aside from China, the German solar thermal market is the world’s largest and most dynamic thanks to clear and stable energy policies, according to Christian Vachon, Ing., Enerconcept president. After two years of sustained efforts, Enerconcept’s Lubi solar collector and

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Net Zero gets $4-million boost

May 4, 2013

Project addresses the challenges of NZE in a production housing context.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), are given a tour of the CO2 Solutions Inc. facility by Glenn Kelly, president and CEO of CO2 Solutions Inc.
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Harper government announces energy innovation projects

May 3, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced support for 55 projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way. Support is being provided through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was introduced in Budget 2011, and is being

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Robert Bean among keynote speakers at P2S Conference

April 26, 2013

Sustainability Resources Ltd. along with host sponsors Telus Spark and the City of Calgary, have released the program for the third Pathways 2 Sustainability (P2S) Conference. Slated for May 29-31, 2013, at Telus Spark in Calgary, AB, P2S is an

From left, Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce president Ed Kearney; Uponor North America president Bill Gray; Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland and Manufacturers Alliance President Art Sneen.
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Uponor Named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year

April 15, 2013

Uponor has been named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year in the large-company category by the Manufacturers Alliance, a U.S. association providing peer-to-peer training, education and resources that allow Midwest manufacturing companies to continuously grow, improve and stay competitive. “We are honored to

Located in the mature Belgravia neighbourhood in the heart of Edmonton at 11536 - 74 Avenue, the Belgravia Green showhome is part of a larger Belgravia Green project involving two additional Net Zero Ready homes.
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Edmonton top green home builder partners with The Holmes Group

April 5, 2013

Effect Home Builders is the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Green Home Award for its Belgravia NetZero Energy Home, a new home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Located at 11536 – 74 Avenue,

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2013 Green Building Festival to focus on eco-districts

March 26, 2013

The concept of Eco-Districts is taking shape across disciplines as designers, planners, developers, builders, and policy-makers adopt new approaches to urban revitalization and district-scale sustainable development. At the Daniels Spectrum, the Green Building Festival’s new venue at the heart of Toronto’s Regent Park