Humber College is one of many educational institutes that are growing substantially right now to meet the needs of students. To meet those needs requires heating and cooling facilities that can handle growth while running at peak efficiency. So when the College had to replace an old 1970s central chiller plant, management looked for a solution that could match that description. This led them to SA Armstrong Limited and the company’s Integrated Plant Control system with Hartman LOOP control technology – one of the most innovative control technologies on the market today.
Roofs are an important part of the sustainability discussion. Buildings account for about 30 per cent of energy consumed and about 27 per cent of all greenhouse gases created in Canada. Roofs in cities contribute to the urban heat island, which basically makes cities between 2-5 degrees Celsius warmer than surrounding areas, due to a lack of vegetation and soil moisture. When planning a new build or the retrofit of an old roofing system, you can have an impact on this by installing a white, vegetative or high-performance roof. A building owner can offset some greenhouse gases and save energy while adding to a building’s appeal.
One item that comes under scrutiny among facility managers looking to reduce expenses is the HVAC system. It may seem logical to save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year by reducing the frequency of air filter change-outs, or by downgrading to a lower-priced filter. In fact, the small amount of money saved by reducing air filter purchases or by purchasing lower-priced (and lower efficiency) filters pales in comparison to the energy and operating costs saved via robust air filtration maintenance.
Minto has made a name for itself as a leader in green building practices by adopting innovative technologies, management practices, and heavy promotion of sustainable buildings. The company is helping to bring green building to the mainstream quickly – and with style.
Well, it’s that time of year again — RRSP season is just around the corner. Every year I leave this to the last minute. The delay is usually due to my procrastination over where to put my money. Where can I get a decent return? My choices are usually pretty limited.