• Green Roofs May Boost Efficiency of Solar Panels

    Green Roofs May Boost Efficiency Of Solar Panels It’s no surprise that having both a green roof and a solar panel array on a building is a great way to double down on reducing energy bills for property owners. Two recent studies, however, raised some eyebrows by indicating that the plants on a green roof may actually improve the performance of the photovoltaic solar cells themselves. Read the entire article at Earth Techling.

    Posted at January 14, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Ontario Power Authority Releases 2011 Conservation results

    Well folks, let's see how good Ontario did turning off the lights in 2011! 2011 Conservation Results Report Thu, 12/20/2012 The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is pleased to provide the 2011 Conservation Results Report.  2011 Conservation Results Report This report provides insight into 2011 conservation programs and information on new innovative projects and technologies supported through the Conservation Fund. From 2006 to 2011, conservation programs have seen an investment of $2 billion and have saved customers $4 billion in avoided costs. Overall, 2011 conservation programs in read more

    Posted at January 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Merry Christmas!!!

    Wishing all a safe and Happy Holiday Season!  Merry Christmas! Let us all remember how fortunate we are to have arrived at this point again, safe and sound.  Our thoughts go out to those who are no longer with us, and those left behind after tragedies such as the one in Newtown CT. Best Wishes   Rick

    Posted at December 24, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Happy Anniversary Rascom GreenBuild Services!

    It's been one whole year since we opened our doors at Rascom GreenBuild Services!  As a small start up looking to capitalize on existing relationships but knowing we had an uphill climb to establish our brand and our credibility, we've had a roller coaster of a year as one might expect, but we are ending it on a high note having created new relationships, delivered on all projects, and we look forward to growing our business in 2013.   A great big THANK YOU goes out to those who gave us the opportunity to work together. Some of our projects can be found here:   If you are a property manager and you don't know who to call, call us. We are experienced working with multi unit residential and commercial properties and our services range ...

    Posted at November 8, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Toll Roads

    The big news (at least on 680 A.M. radio) this morning is talk of how to fund new public transit infrastructure. Most of the talk is focused on a "tax" of some sort, a sore spot with Canadians who already feel that we are overtaxed beyond belief.   Here are the "Top 10" methods being considered by City of Toronto staff to raise the funds necessary ( an estimated $ 2 Billion per year over the next 25 years) 1. Increase in Personal Income Tax (C.O.T. residents) 2. Additional Sales Tax 3. Payroll Tax 4. Highway Tolls 5. Fuel Tax 6. Vehicle Registration Tax 7. Property Tax 8. Parking Levy 9.  Land Transfer Tax 10. Increased Development Fees Many, if not all, will hit the regions residents hard depending on how and where they live and commute at present. While not all options would be implemented (we hope), most end up being an ...

    Posted at October 2, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Net Positive

    You've heard of Net Zero Buildings, the ones that through the use of better building practices and the harnessing of solar, geothermal and wind energy produce as much energy as they use? Well, Delridge Homes of Markham is building something that produces excess energy, a "Net Positive" building. For years now, Del Ridge Homes has been using leading edge envelope technology to both control the building process and to build buildings  that are greener, use less energy and will last for generations. They initially did this through the use of Insulated Concrete Forms, once an alternative form of building envelope construction, now becoming more and more popular as the solution to building better to meet the new Model Energy Code. Now they are pulling every trick in the book to build better. Read on.... How a ...

    Posted at August 21, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,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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