Tag Archives: net-zero

Clean Economy Alliances report pushes Ontario to reduce GHG emissions in building sector

The Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) released a report outlining recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Ontario’s building sector. The report, “The Future of Buildings: Getting Ontario Ready for Net-Zero,” speaks to upcoming changes in the province’s building code and Ontario’s commitment to require all buildings constructed after 2030 to have net-zero emissions.

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What does COP 21 mean for building professionals?

Much attention has recently been given to the negotiations in France that resulted in the unprecedented Paris Agreement to combat climate change. This agreement, which limits the global average temperature rise to “well below” 2 C (3.6 F) compared to pre-industrial temperatures, will move designers to elevate new and existing building performance in two distinct ways: construction and resilience.

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Think Globally, Act Locally: Net-zero impact development

The phrase “think globally, act locally” is a good way to describe how sustainable design projects are conceptualized. From the building to the community scale, the goal is to minimize the initial and ongoing effects of development by striving for net-zero impact and focusing on ecological restoration. (Net-zero refers to a balance of resource use and restoration on an annual basis—producing as much energy through renewable sources as consumed, sequestering equal or greater amounts of carbon as emitted, or diverting all waste from landfills or other harmful means of disposal).

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