Over the last several years the building industry has seen several building standards evolve around sustainability goals. This is a wonderful thing, helping commercial buildings move towards a more sustainable future.
WELL is often included alongside LEED® and other construction-oriented sustainability goals in RFPs received by designers, architects and builders. While consideration for all goals are best included early as WELL strategies may affect how space is designed, WELL has a lot to do with how a business is operated in the space after its construction. Continue reading
When we founded Green Reason back in 2007, the focus of green building was very much on the physical property – reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste and sourcing sustainable materials during the building process, then fostering lower environmental impact once occupied. At one of those early meetings, one of our principals said ‘but what about the people?’ In years since we’ve continually reinforced to our clients that sustainability best practices must encompass the human experience. Continue reading
Our long-term sustainability consulting client 720 Access, at 720 King Street West was recently granted recertification by the CaGBC. The big news is this time they achieved LEEDv4.1 Platinum Recertification, improving on the original score of Gold under LEED 2009. Continue reading
Canadian Environment Week was established to raise awareness about environmental issues by celebrating Canada’s accomplishments and encouraging Canadians to protect our environment. It includes several action and awareness days – you can participate and learn more virtually, create your own events or new traditions, plus there are many ways to show support for each movement. Continue reading
More than just Earth Day, today is the 50th anniversary of the grassroots movement inspired by the environmental crisis, already evident back in 1970. As much as 10% of the American population participated in grassroots events protesting environmental ignorance and demanding a new way forward. Though small and localized, to begin with, they launched the modern environmental movement we know as Earth Day. It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event, engaging over a billion people each year. Continue reading