Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

  Jan 08 2016

CAGBC

Canada has the second highest number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings in the world, reports the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The council also announced two major achievements in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification — the 1000th certified Ontario project and the 175th Platinum project in Canada.

Canada has the second-highest number of LEED-certified buildings in the world and the highest number per capita. Some of the recently certified key projects include Toronto’s TD Centre, Sun Life Financial Tower, and West Don Lands, and STGM Architects head office in Québec City.
TD Centre received LEED Platinum certification for all six of its towers, making it one of the largest LEED Platinum properties in North America. Built in 1967, the 418,064 squre metre property incorporates a number of initiatives, including its Occupant Engagement Program, which encourages its 21,000 tenants to help meet consumption targets.

Photo courtesy of Toronto Dominion Centre

The West Don Lands property earned LEED Gold. It is located on a 0.7 hectare brownfield site, which has 243 affordable housing units, including four fully accessible and barrier-free units, large multi-purpose rooms, and green roofs.
The Sun Life Financial Tower also earned LEED Gold, but for Existing Building (EB) recertification. Conducting ongoing air quality audits and implementing a green cleaning policy helped earn this status. The project was also recognized for its efforts with a Building Performance Award for Greatest Energy Reduction from 2011 to 2014.

Lastly, STGM Architects’ head office earned LEED Platinum. Sustainability measures include ample access to fresh air with the longitudinal shape of the building capable of opening laterally creating a natural and effective form of cross-ventilation. Mechanical systems were designed to cool and heat effectively at the same time and in different areas of the building.

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There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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