COVID-19 has sent the world into the deepest global recession in almost a century. It has contributed to massive job losses across the economy and has highlighted the need for a comprehensive economic recovery plan. Given the concurrent climate crisis, we believe there is a great opportunity if not urgency to tackle both concerns by aligning economic investments needed for a post-COVID recovery with climate and sustainability objectives. Continue reading
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
We have always believed that many sustainable features included in new builds, renovations or retrofits work best when supported by building operators and occupants. One of the more visible and measurable efforts building management and tenants can participate in is waste management – working to divert more waste from landfill. Continue reading