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Ontario to stretch energy efficiency spending

Competitive procurement underpins the Ontario government’s efforts to trim the price-point of energy efficiency spending. A new slate of conservation and demand management (CDM) programs allocates $456 million for commercial, institutional and industrial consumers over a four-year period with $110 million of that earmarked for still unspecified “customer solutions” to be rolled out in 2023 and 2024. That’s in line with the provincial government’s interest in the outcome of a pending pilot energy efficiency auction to procure 13 megawatts (MW) of permanent demand reduction via a competitive bid process.


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Building energy leaders

The race towards a greener and more energy-efficient built environment is on, and every joule matters. Such is the philosophy behind Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)’s ENERGY STAR for Buildings programming that includes ENERGY STAR Certification, a new program designed to recognize those Canadian buildings that stand out as assets whose energy performance is amongst the top 25 percentile. » READ MORE 

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Chefs de file en matière d’efficacité énergétique des bâtiment

Dans la course pour créer un environnement bâti plus écologique et écoénergétique, chaque joule compte. Telle est la philosophie à l’origine du programme ENERGY STAR pour les bâtiments de Ressources naturelles Canada (RNCan), un nouveau programme de certification conçu pour reconnaître les bâtiments canadiens qui se démarquent en raison de leur rendement énergétique se situant dans le quartile supérieur. » READ MORE

Construction rebar imports spur dumping inquiry

Canada Border Services Agency is currently investigating evidence that up to nine countries are dumping products that undercut domestic prices and are deleterious to Canadian manufacturers. » READ MORE

Cracking through entrenched social inequities

Commercial real estate investors, owners and managers are acknowledging that entrenched social inequities undermine their workforces, their tenants and the value of their portfolios. With both the COVID-19 pandemic and watershed events arising from systemic racism galvanizing their attention in 2020, senior executives and ESG (environmental, social, governance) practitioners with prominent Canadian companies have been grappling with how to rebalance hierarchies, broaden input, expand opportunities and reap returns from the resulting dynamics. » READ MORE

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