• 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
  • Benefits of Co Generation

    From our friends at Green Building & Sustainable Strategies magazine 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
  • Small Contractor vs LARGE

    My question of the day: What advantage does the smaller to mid size GC have in today’s construction market? Anyone out there who was in attendance at the panel discussion on members day at the Toronto Construction Association?  You might remember a question was asked from the audience to the panel (something to the effect of) “what advantage does the smaller to mid size GC have in today’s construction market??” In my opinion it was Mr. Smith, CEO of EllisDon, who answered it best – it was speed.   Another addition to speed would also be relationship building. Relationships ...

    Posted at May 31, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Butter Avenue Project

    It's been about 6 months since Calvin & Tina Su opened the doors of Butter Avenue, a French inspired Patisserie located on Yonge St.  south of York Mills. Calvin and his sister Tina have been very pleased with the business and how it's progressed; so much so that plans are in place to open a central kitchen to service what they hope will be multiple locations. Rascom GreenBuild with The DAE Group Inc. was engaged to provide the general contractor  services on this project, and we will be working with Calvin & Tina as they progress with their plans for future expansion.   Here is an excerpt from "BLogTO" written by Robyn Urback, December 2011:     Butter Avenue has one of those salesmen-to-entrepreneur feel good stories. Calvin Su had been working at FedEx for years, settled ...

    Posted at May 28, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Watching the clouds roll in today around the Greater Toronto Area, I am on a "roll" myself about capturing and reusing this water.    Here is a link to a prior post about Grey Water Recycling, but today I am going to comment on Rain Water Harvesting. I will turn to trusty old Wikipedia for our definition: " the accumulating and storing of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer. It has been used to provide drinking water, water for livestock, water for irrigation, as well as other typical uses." It's a great idea that has been used by ...

    Posted at May 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Spring Cleaning for Facility Managers

    Spring cleaning for your facilities? 4 smart things you should do By Jim Sinopoli Published April 30, 2012 Email Tags: Buildings, Energy Efficiency, More... Facility management is undergoing a significant process of evolution and transformation. The days when the facilities management (FM) or engineering group was housed in a small office in the basement next to the elevator mechanical room are long gone. The profile and value of the facilities management team has become more visible and critical as organizational executives grapple with energy, building costs, finances and occupant expectations. However there's still work to do for FM to be fully appreciated and seen as a strategic internal organization and valuable asset. The increasing pressures, challenges and expectations of FM are ...

    Posted at May 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Design Build or “Turn Key Services”

    On a beautiful Saturday of a long weekend, my thoughts turn to this topic. Why am I not relaxing? Oh well, here we go....   Definition Design-build (or design/build, and abbreviated D–B or D/B accordingly) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design–builder or design–build contractor. In contrast to "design–bid–build" (or "design–tender"), design–build relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. "DB with its single point responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the DB contractor will be responsible for ...

    Posted at May 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Check out The D.A.E. GROUP INC

    Welcome to DAEGROUP INC.   Check out our friends at The D.A.E. Group Incorporated.  Design-Builders of several well known franchises such as: McDonald`s The Beer Store Casey`s As well as Project Management for lease-hold improvements at locations for the  Toronto Fire Department and Morrison Hershfield. Projects ranging from less than $500K to over $8M.    

    Posted at April 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
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