Commercial buildings are among the biggest consumers of energy, with much of it being wasted. There is growing pressure to provide more efficient designs that are also sustainable over the life of the building.
Carleton University in Ottawa has released a new energy master plan, part of a strategy for reducing current energy and water consumption and ensuring the highest possible conservation levels are maintained as the campus evolves.
Some of Ontario’s best green builders were recently celebrated at the EnerQuality Awards Gala in Vaughan, Ontario. More than 200 industry peers gathered to share concepts and accolades as they help to move the province toward an energy-conscious future.
As a child in the early 1980s, this article’s author had a clubhouse he called the ‘Millennium Falcon’—standing 2 m (6 ft) off the ground, it was a simple A-frame held in place by four old telephone posts, complete with a fireman’s pole and pully system for escape when under attack by the Imperial Starfleet.
Revolving doors can be up to eight times more energy-efficient than their hinged counterparts—all while allowing large numbers of people to pass in and out, boosting security, and adding architectural interest.
The smoothest path to net zero is through passive building certification, because a passive building is a complete system with quality assurance built into the system, rather than a collection of discrete programs. The most common passive building certification in North America is PHIUS+.
Canadian discount retailer Giant Tiger Stores’ high-reaching rooftop performance was recognized at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) National Conference in Dallas last month.