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  • Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics – NYTimes.com

    Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics - NYTimes.com.

    Posted at July 31, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Smoking Causes Cancer. Carbon Pollution Causes Extreme Weather. | ThinkProgress

    Comment from writers in the U.S dealing with extreme heat conditions. We think we have it bad up here in Toronto, but in reality there are areas of the U.S that are desert-like, water is scarce and the combination of cities with so much concrete that acts like heat sinks and cars that pump CO into the air, it's no wonder that some poeple are getting "hot under the collar".   Smoking Causes Cancer. Carbon Pollution Causes Extreme Weather. | ThinkProgress.

    Posted at July 14, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Keeping It Cool

    Summer has officially arrived and brought with it the HOTTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR! I personally LOVE this weather, but reality hits home when my 1970's built home starts accumulating heat radiating in through windows, walls and the ceiling. Yes, as previously stated in my post Strategic Landscape Shading, my home is one of those built when energy was cheap and consideration for insulation was not a priority.  I should state that it was insulated to the building code standards in place at the time. Those standards just don't match what we do today. Running the A/C mean running up my electrical bill. So what is a man to do?  Move my office into the basement... it's much cooler down there! So, what is it about basements that make them cooler?  What ...

    Posted at June 26, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Brick & Envelope Repairs Project

    Some pictures of a project Rascom GreenBuild Services is delivering for a small sized condo in Etobicoke. Scope of work includes rebuild of brick columns, repairs to building facade (brick replacement and parging) and asphalt repair and re-lining.

    Posted at June 15, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
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  • Where Facilities Managers Begin to Save Energy

    Great Article originally Posted in  Arizona Facilities Magazine By Todd Finnegan May 30, 2012 Everyone wants to save energy; everyone feels the pressure to reduce costs and improve the bottom line of their business in a lousy economic climate. Energy Savings Companies (ESCOs) come in two varieties, guaranteed savings or non-guaranteed savings. So where does the facilities manager start? The answer: get an energy study done. Common Sense First and foremost, be honest about the goal of your energy savings program. Whomever you hire needs the facts so they can get down to serious work and be successful. You owe them your honesty to give the energy savings program a chance of working out to your company’s benefit. Before the Study Utility Bills: This is ...

    Posted at June 13, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Strategic Landscape Shading

    With the warm weather here and the abundance of sunshine I,  like many others, have had to turn on the air conditioning. This in turn cranks up my electrical bill. I sleep in comfort worried about fattening the pockets of the Ontario Power Authority. My home is a '70's style raised bungalow built when energy was cheap; that is to say that not as  much attention was paid to energy-efficient design as we find in modern homes today. The walls are 2" x 4" with (if I am lucky)  an R-15 rating, and I have a bow-window with a southern exposure.  I am afraid to look into the attic, but there's no doubt it could use a top up of blown in insulation.  All this results in some major thermal gain on a sunny day. I have an old-fashioned thermostat with ...

    Posted at June 12, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Energy Efficient Insulated Concrete Forms

    Originally posted in ICF Builder Magazine, Oct, 2006   Energy Efficient ICFs Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative building material. As energy prices climb, ICFs are set to become even more popular. Most homeowners save between 30% to 50% on heating and cooling costs when compared to regular stick-frame construction. A recent study by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) found that the ICF homes used 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame houses.  That means a typical 2,000-sq.-ft. ICF home in the central U.S. would save $200 in heating costs and $65 in cooling costs each year. “All the test data currently available shows that ICF construction has the best combination of energy efficiency and strength for building external walls,” confirms ...

    Posted at June 5, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Insulated Concrete Forms

    Want save money on your energy bill and live green? Then maybe consider buying an ICF built home. The Insulated Concrete Form Association defines ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) as “hollow blocks or panels” made of plastic foam that are stacked into the shape of walls of a building. Workers then fill the centre with reinforced concrete to create the structure.” (Source: Insulated Concrete Form Association- www.forms.org/index.cfm/betterhouse) ICF has been around for over forty years. The first patent was registered by Canadian Werner Gregori in the late 1960’s. (Source: ICF Magazine-http://www.icfmag.com/articles/news/polysteel_turns_30.html ) Although it initially cost more to build ICF, it fits perfectly with the LEED (Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design) Canada Homes rating system (Source: LEED Canada for Homes- http://www.canadagreenhomeguide.ca/leed-canada-for-homes-.aspx ) and has many ...

    Posted at June 4, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Benefits of Co Generation

    From our friends at Green Building & Sustainable Strategies magazine http://gbssmag.com CHP Efficiencies Conserve Energy With a decrease in natural gas prices, and the possibility that lower prices will continue in the foreseeable future, there has been an increased interest in the implementation of cogeneration in buildings where there is a simultaneous demand for power and heat (or cooling). Cogeneration is also referred to as Combined Heat and Power (CHP). By increasing efficiencies CHP can provide an attractive return on investment and a contribution to reduction of greenhouse gases. Buildings that use a significant amount of heat and power represent an opportunity for an on-site CHP system. In today’s market, where the price of power paid by the consumer is often higher than 10 ct/kWh and the price of natural gas is lower than $6/GJ, smaller ...

    Posted at June 1, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
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