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Arts facilities play starring role in revitalization
St. Catharines has cast the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to play a starring role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. The Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed facility, which features four state-of-the-art venues and spans 95,000 square feet, officially opened last fall.
IFMA launches survey for FM professionals
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently began accepting responses for its Global Job Task Analysis (GJTA) survey. IFMA is encouraging facility management professionals from around the world to participate by Feb. 9, 2016.
P3s figure in high-performance public buildings
Canadian governments’ standardized approach to public-private partnerships (P3s) is considered a model to emulate in the United States, where strategists are examining ways to boost that country’s stock of high-performance public buildings.
 
When cheap gets expensive
The easiest and least expensive course of action in the short term often ends up being the costliest one. Putting off preventative maintenance when it comes to heating and cooling equipment is no exception.
 
Open office format mainly a for-profit trend
Easy access to public transit tops the list of preferred attributes for office space among 50 non-profit organizations recently surveyed about workplace needs and priorities.
B.C. enforces GHG reporting and compliance act
As of January 1, 2016, British Columbia has enforced the new Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (GGIRCA) to set a greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) intensity benchmark for regulated industries, including LNG facilities.

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Teknion recognized for climate change leadership
Teknion Corporation, a sustainable furniture design firm, has been named a leader in carbon emissions reduction in Canada. Teknion was recognized for the quality of information on climate change it discloses to investors and the global marketplace through CDP.
Toronto design firm picks up international award
Flora Di Menna Designs, a Toronto-based interior design firm, was recognized at the 22nd annual International Property Awards, which took place in London, England.



A window into better building envelopes
The building envelope can truly make or break energy-efficiency efforts. Major improvements to heating, cooling, and ventilation systems may help reduce energy, but those savings could fly out the window if the building envelope lacks appropriate insulation.
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