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BOMA Toronto comments on Green Button proposal

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area’s (BOMA Toronto) recently published letter to the Ontario Ministry of Energy (MOE) offers nine recommendations on the draft policy of the province’s Green Button energy data analytics network.

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First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

The 60-level building will be the first skyscraper in Australia environmentally engineered to include solar cells in the facade, creating a far greater surface area for catching the sun's rays.

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Built Green Canada Supports Fort McMurray Rebuild

While the rebuild has been of paramount concern since the earliest days of recovery, a thoughtful, deliberate approach is required to progress this construction. With the barrage of challenges and opportunities facing RMWB, Built Green Canada has been monitoring the situation to find an appropriate time to extend their support. 

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Eleven organizations urge national plan for energy-efficient buildings in Canada

They offer 14 recommendations for key policies and programs for a national plan that would help the government meet climate-change objectives and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Such a plan, they say, would set the stage for deep energy retrofits of existing buildings (energy reductions of 25 to 50 percent of one-third of Canada’s buildings by 2030), and all new construction to be nearly zero energy by 2030.

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All you need to know about Vancouver's zero-emissions building plan

The city will require zero emissions from any new buildings by 2030, based on a policy approved July 13. That means the building sector will have to roll up its collective sleeves and figure out how to heat, cool and power every new construction without any net greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Sustainable Construction Underway in Time for Giant Pandas in Calgary

The Calgary Zoo is building with sustainability in mind, that’s why our latest construction project, Panda Passage, will be seeking Petal Certification using the Living Building Challenge. 

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Edmonton looking at higher environmental standards for city-owned buildings

The city’s buildings could soon have to rise to a higher standard of construction, as councillors are set to consider new rules on Tuesday.

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Laying the Foundations for Green City-Building: 75+ presenters at Green Building Festival

SBE16Toronto Green Building Festival, annual event educating professionals in built environment about sustainable design, operations, technology and materials. Over 75 presenters on ‘Resilient and Regenerative Urban Environments’.

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CarbonCure Competing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

The Carbon XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the multi-year competition is designed to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, a leading contributor to climate change.

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11 organizations seek bold Canadian climate plan for energy efficient buildings

11 leading organizations representing energy and building professionals, associations, nonprofits and businesses are releasing an open letter to the Canadian government.

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Net-zero egg barn with solar energy opens in Alberta

The Brant Hutterite Colony in southern Alberta is trying to do something that has never been done before — it aims to produce roughly 13,000 eggs a day while creating no net greenhouse gas emissions.

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UBC Study: Montreal homes greenest among big cities in Canada

Homeowners in Edmonton generate, on average, almost four times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as their counterparts in Montreal, according to a study by the University of British Columbia.

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Africa's first Green Village targets acclaimed 6-star green rating

Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, yesterday announced that it will be targeting a 6-Star Green Star SA Communities Rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), as part of the GBCSA’s pilot project programme. 

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CaGBC to provide free LEED registration and certification for rebuilding projects in Fort McMurray

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to lend support to the rebuilding efforts underway in Fort McMurray, AB, by providing free LEED® registration and certification for residential, commercial and institutional projects. 

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A look at the air conditioner that makes electricity

The simplest way to describe Be Power Tech’s system is an air conditioner that runs on natural gas and produces some bonus electricity on the side. The fact that the air conditioner runs on natural gas — an energy form that can be easily and cheaply stored — alone makes it innovative. 

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