Energy

The Power of Oversight

As we live in an era where there are more and more specialists and super-salesmen promoting products claiming to improve our living conditions and environment, it is important to step back and fully review what is being offered and why. Will it meet our expectations? How can it be implemented – and at what cost?... Read more »

Split the Wall or the Floor?

By Ibrahim El-Hajj, M.Sc.Arch., CACB, MRAIC, BCQ Manager, Building Technology Energy Models are attacking standing walls & leaving the slabs/floors to relax in peace. Is your window to wall ratio compatible with energy models? Have the models properly addressed the energy efficiency of the buildings? Does your modeling software identify thermal bridges and critical areas... Read more »

The Power of Oversight

As we live in an era where there are more and more specialists and super-salesmen promoting products claiming to improve our living conditions and environment, it is important to step back and fully review what is being offered and why. Will it meet our expectations? How can it be implemented – and at what cost?... Read more »

Energy Conservation

With the increase in Hydro rates many Boards of Directors and individuals are wondering what can be done to reduce that ever-growing burden – and fortunately there are ways to reduce hydro consumption and kill a watt (and more). Remember that every watt of electricity we save means less pollution at the power generation stage... Read more »

Aesthetic Upgrades Discounted by a Pay-Back

While older, solid masonry buildings are generally well built and provide many decades of reliable service, they eventually need maintenance and repairs. Even the most well-executed repairs can leave tell-tale signs where work was performed, negatively impacting the appearance of an already tired looking building.  After decades of service, a building can experience several rounds... Read more »