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  • Loves Young Dream: The Electric Car & Condominiums

    Loves Young Dream: The Possible Relationship between the Electric Car and the Condominiun     With no signs of the price of petroleum slowing down and our society’s urge to be more eco friendly,  we’re are always looking for alternative options to get us from A to B. One of these options is to purchase an electric car.  An electric car “is a car powered by an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine.”(Source: howstuffworks.com) But why trade in your gasoline powered car for an electric one?  Well for one thing, electric cars are environmentally friendly. Since electric cars don’t use gasoline, these cars won’t pollute the air and plants with nasty fumes. So, how does an electric car work? Just like a conventional gasoline car, an electric car has a motor. ...

    Posted at March 3, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Reserve Fund Study for Condominium Corporations

    Web Definition:  A financial document that identifies the projected costs associated with the repair or replacement of major building components and/or studies to determine whether the amount of money in the fund and the amount of contributions collected, to date, are adequate. As per the Condominium Act of Ontario, 1998: The corporation shall establish and maintain one or more reserve funds. 1998, c. 19, s. 93 (1). A reserve fund study shall be conducted by a person of a prescribed class who shall have no affiliation with the board or with the corporation that is contrary to the regulations made under this Act. 1998, c. 19, s. 94 (6).  Source: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca Condominium Corporations have one year from the date the condominium was registered to perform a Reserve Fund Study. The studies have to be updated every three years. Professionals Accredited to Perform Reserve Fund Studies, under the Act: Members of the Appraisal Institute of ...

    Posted at March 2, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Vancouver to be the “Greenest” City?

    Vancouver – BuiltSpace Technologies Corporation, a BC-based company that uses social engagement and mobile technologies to improve the sustainability of buildings, has just launched their highly anticipated building community management system. BuiltSpace is well positioned to help Vancouver become the world’s greenest city, and with benefits stacked in favour of tenants and management, the company is sure to become one of the next sustainability leaders. Buildings consume energy because occupants use energy. BuiltSpace’s web-based information management system enables tenants, staff, operators, service suppliers and building management to collaboratively improve the environment in and around their building. With mobile technology, QR codes and integrated graphs and widgets, this approach has the potential to reap tremendous benefits for both building management and tenants. The advantages include energy and cost savings, (click on the link to read more..) http://thegreenpages.ca/bc/2012/02/builtspace-introduces-web-based-crowdsourcing-technology-to-save-energy-in-buildings/

    Posted at February 27, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Where is the CONSERVE in Harper’s Conservatives?

    Prime Minister Harper’s 1960′s piano tunes may be timeless, but his single-minded approach to developing new energy supply is long out of fashion. Attitudes have changed, and Canadian leaders need to keep up.   Great article by Jeff Murdoch     http://thegreenpages.ca/ca/2012/02/10/where-is-the-conserve-in-harpers-conservatives/

    Posted at February 27, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • ENERGY STAR® for heating your home | Office of Energy Efficiency

    ENERGY STAR® for heating your home | Office of Energy Efficiency.

    Posted at February 9, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems

    Over Cladding with EIFS One way to help convert your existing home into a “green/eco” friendly home is through over cladding with EIFS.  An Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is a “wall covering that insulates and provides weather protection which can be installed on any type of construction.” (Source: DSPinspections.com website).  EIFS imitates the appearance of a stucco finish and consist of three layers; a polystyrene foam material insulation board, a base coat which is reinforced with fibre mesh on top of the insulation and a finish coat. (Source: Home Inspection Service of Southwest Florida).Originating from Germany after World War II, EIFS cladding found its way over to North America in the 1960s(Source: Stuff Works website). Just like Insulated Concrete Form (ICF), the initial cost is greater compared to traditional cladding. However, there are a number of “green/eco” benefits which make EIFS cladding very attractive such as: Energy ...

    Posted at February 7, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Grey Water Recycling

    Grey Water Recycling It’s a given; the household water we use goes down the drain and then into the nearby sewage system. However, have you ever thought about how this water could be reused?  With approximately 1 every 8 people lacking access to a safe water supply (Source: Water.org), the thought of reusing water isn’t such a bad idea. This process is known as grey water recycling.   Grey water is ``clean waste water which can be reused or recycled with little or no treatment for landscape irrigation and other non- potable uses`` (Source: Business Dictonary.com).Therefore grey water recycling  ``is the waste water leftover after performing daily household activities and finding a use for that water instead of letting the water enter the sewage system.`(Source: environmental information.com) Examples would be the water used during a ...

    Posted at February 7, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Energy Audits

    Want to Save Money? Get an Energy Audit Assessment!     With the price on goods and services in our economy on the rise, we’re always looking for ways we could save more money. One possible solution is to get an energy audit done. Having an energy audit completed not only helps in understanding how energy is used but where energy is being lost, plus you will be able to take advantage of the many incentives offered by the Federal and Provincial governments**. All this sounds great but what is an energy audit assessment? An energy audit assessment “identifies all energy consumption sources in a property, the rate at which each source uses energy and the number of hours each source uses energy within a 24 hour time period.” (Source: Businessdictionary.com) There are a number of different types of energy audits. Each of one ...

    Posted at February 3, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • New Theme Page Upload!`

    We are in process of creating our new website! Please keep in touc h and follow as we add our content!!!!!

    Posted at January 28, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
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