On December 7, 2012, the Québec National Assembly adopted An Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies (the “ACPB”), which outlines conditions for granting certain public contracts based upon the contractors’ and...
Nov 24, 2013
Do parking challenges and solutions differ significantly around the globe?
Nov 1, 2013
Energy costs are rising. And this applies equally to petrol, diesel and heating oil. The shift away from nuclear power in Germany and the associated promotion of renewable sources of energy have led to a disproportionate rise in prices,...
Oct 24, 2013
Redeveloping contaminated sites can take years. In the interim, area residents often live with empty lots surrounded by chain-link fences, and choked with garbage and weeds. But at Dunbar and 40th St. in Vancouver, what could have been an...
Oct 2, 2013
Abandoned gas station sites have long been “the poster child of brownfields,” says Alan McCammon, manager of remediation assurance and brownfields for British Columbia’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE).
Aug 22, 2013
Ground source heat pumps are the talk of the town, with the appealing elegance of using the Earth's inherent heating and cooling capacity. However, ground source heat pumps (in particular, the ground loops) are quite expensive, which means...
Aug 12, 2013
There are some 30,000 brownfield sites across Canada, according to the 2003 report “Cleaning Up the Past, Building the Future: A National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada.”
Aug 1, 2013
When the Pan American / Parapan Games open in Toronto in 2015, athletes may not suspect they’re being housed on what was once a sprawling industrial wasteland, littered with toxins. Yet the site, at the mouth of the Don River, is a...
Jul 19, 2013
The federal Green Municipal Fund (GMF) has $20 million ear-marked for grants and loans for brownfield development this year, but so far, only a fraction of that cash has been committed, says Stephanie Bohdanow, a program officer for the GMF.
Jul 4, 2013
Green leases are the next step in the evolution of green buildings. Beyond the four basic legal requirements; names of the parties, description of the leased property, term, and rent – a lease defines the duties of the parties, who does...
May 20, 2013