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OAA HQ Targets Zero CO2 Emissions

As the OAA building passes 20 years old, the building requires extensive maintenance, and its energy use is significantly above average for a low rise office building.  OAA Council saw this as an opportunity to review all aspects of the building, including...  

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CASE STUDIES

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Environment 3 Building- University of Waterloo

Located in the heart of the University of Waterloo’s campus, the Environment 3 Building (EV3) serves as the expanded home for the Faculty of Environment. The new 61,000 sq ft addition and renovation represents a significant departure from the existing EV1 and EV2 facilities...

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SUSTAINABLE NEWS

Canada's first 2030 District- Toronto

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Toronto… With an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, Toronto joins eight progressive cities in announcing the first 2030 District outside of the United States. Encompassing the downtown core from Dupont to Lake Ontario, and the Don Valley to Bathurst, the landmark district will target immediate reductions, working towards 50% lower emissions by the year 2030.

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SUSTAINABLE ARTICLE

In the age of 'smart' homes...

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Once upon a time, the only things usually called smart were people, fashions, investments and dogs.
 
Lots of other items, however, have become smart in the past few years. We now have smartphones, smart cars, smart thermostats, smart television sets 

 

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BOOKSHELF

Reading Suggestions 

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These publications offer an overview of the current issues we face, emphasizing why sustainability is important in our practices. They also look at current built form, space planning, technical guides, sustainable programs, and energy efficiency in building systems.

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Sustainable design aspires to create a common future where impending generations ability to meet their own needs are not compromised. This hinges on our ability to protect environmental quality, and thus quality of life. This is a future dependent upon making decisions today that protect or improve environmental quality. Building ecologically sensitive, highly efficient, sustainable buildings and communities is an enormous part of  this challenge.