The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA) have announced a new certification program which will take the place of two existing ones.
The Home Energy Conservation program allows homeowners in Ontario to earn up to $5000—up from $1600 last year—for installing energy-efficient upgrades and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
When fully operational, the Howland Green Business Centre in Markham, Ontario, will be the country’s first net-positive energy office building, producing more energy than it will consume. Powered by sun and geothermal energy, the three-storey structure will have 5481 m2 (59,000 sf) of office space and two levels of underground parking.
The Ontario government announced two new programs to help farmers and agri-food businesses improve energy efficiency, save money, and flight climate change. The programs are part of the Green Ontario Fund, a not-for-profit agency tasked with reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution to help meet the province’s emission reduction targets, as outlined in its Climate Change Action Plan.
Registration is open for the 2017-2018 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers British Columbia (ASHRAE BC) Technology Awards. The honours recognize outstanding achievements by Society members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ), and energy conservation.
An Ontario project received an honourable mention at the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s (ARMA’s) annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study (QARC) Awards. Al Anthony Roofing of Consecon, Ont., was recognized for its church roof installation at Closson Chase Winery in the neighbouring village of Hillier in Prince Edward County.
Two Ottawa buildings owned by investment firm KingSett Capital are the first office properties in the nation’s capital to commit to the Wired Certification platform. Launched in Canada by WiredScore last October, the platform rates the technological capacity in commercial buildings, providing property owners with a transparent assessment of the quality of buildings’ internet connectivity.