Archives for: August 2014


Permalink 12:18:25 pm, by mleslie Email , 158 words, 174 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Leading Building Industry Groups Agree To Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination And Development

Atlanta, GA - August 21, 2014 – ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program.

The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

The agreement outlines the development, maintenance and implementation of new versions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the IgCC, which will be combined into one regulatory tool. This agreement also endeavors to align the LEED program with the new code to ensure a streamlined, effective set of regulatory and above-code options for jurisdictions across the country.


Permalink 09:54:25 am, by mleslie Email , 136 words, 187 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Calling all schools: Improve your energy grade with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Press Release, Natural Resouces Canada - School districts in Canada stand to save millions in energy costs – money that could be reinvested in school programs. And the good news is that ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager can help make it happen. With the free, online energy management tool facility managers can benchmark energy and water consumption across an entire portfolio of buildings.

Benchmarking can help school districts determine the impact of energy-saving projects and budget future energy costs accordingly. Once 12 consecutive months of energy data have been collected, benchmarking is quick and easy. It requires only a few minutes a month and provides many valuable results. NRCan offers a variety of tools and resources to help get you started. Visit our Energy benchmarking for K-12 schools page and our Building energy benchmarking resources page for more information.

Permalink 07:03:23 am, by mleslie Email , 123 words, 203 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario school boards seek more respect for trustees

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - It’s not a career many kids dream of — school trustee.

But in a bid to spark interest in school board elections this fall, Ontario trustees have created a video showing children sketching their dream jobs: a space shuttle pilot, a scientist who clones dinosaurs and . . . a public school trustee “because that’s how you get to change the future.”

It’s a wistful pitch for respect from the lowest rung on the electoral ladder. Trustees are the names on the ballot most often skipped over, admitted Michael Barrett, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, which helped make the video as part of an upcoming campaign to convince people that trustees deserve your vote.

Build Green

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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