April 14, 2014
Below, BBC News Science Editor, Paul Rincon discusses the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which “re-emphasizes the vital role cities can play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.” One of the ways in which cities can be made greener is through a process called retrofitting…a kind of directed alteration of the built environment […]
- May 10, 2012
February 10, 2012
One of the most rapidly accelerating trends in the commercial-buildings industry – driven by rising energy costs and the growing influence of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System – is the use of water-source-heat-pump (WSHP), or thermal-energy-transfer (TET), systems. The latest generation of WSHPs can […]
August 23, 2011
Trying to navigate through the sea of sustainable technology is almost overwhelming. But what if you have a stock of old buildings you want to ‘green’ – just like the millions of commercial buildings located throughout our North American cities? In the past ,very little could be done to cost-effectively retrofit an old building outside, […]
August 19, 2011
Often when we hear the words geothermal or geo-exchange, what typically comes to mind are images of heat being extracted from deep within the earth’s core. You may even think of hot steam, geysers and magma. And you’re on the right track when referring to geothermal energy. Geo-exchange, commonly called geothermal heating and cooling or […]
July 7, 2011
Watch Tom Rand, MaRS Cleantech Advisor and author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit on Business News Network (BNN) as he talks about the merits of geothermal and Geocon (now Fēnix Energy). Tom has been active in the clean technology sector both as a venture capitalist and from a policy perspective. His focus at MaRS is on new ventures based on […]
June 1, 2011
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. There are a number of LEED® rating systems available to meet […]
May 20, 2011
1. Provides a clean and sustainable energy source. Unlike fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, tapping this unlimited free supply won’t pollute the planet or contribute to climate change. 2. Increases a building’s asset value. Green buildings are good business. According to the report Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings, authors […]
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