The green roof revolution: Canadian successes and best practices
It’s been nearly two decades since Canada’s green roof revolution began. And today, property owners across the country have embraced the environmental, social, and building performance benefits of sky-high greenspaces.

The practice of green roofing is far from novel. Since first taking root in Germany in the 1960s, the concept of using roofs to green the urban environment has taken shape in skylines across the globe. Today, the green roof industry is measured in the billions, and advances in green roof design, installation, and complementary technologies (e.g., solar photovoltaic systems) continue to bring new players to the fold.

The guiding principles of ParkSmart certification

Safety, efficiency, and sustainability. These are the guiding principles driving Parksmart, Canada’s first voluntary certification system created to “advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation.”
Launched in 2018 by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), ParkSmart aims to champion parkade technologies, systems, and best practices that both minimize a property’s environmental footprint while bolstering efficiencies and reducing operational costs along the way.

Heritage conservation: Engineering old buildings
As a result of aging existing building inventory, Canadians have begun a shift to placing greater emphasis on sustainability and building retention, resulting in an ever increasing number of heritage buildings.

A decent generalization for “heritage” is a term used to suggest that something holds value because of its contribution to society, knowledge, or culture. It is critical to understand that the “something” heritage is describing does not need to be a physical object, such as an old building or artifact – it can be a cultural practice or an association with an important event or person.