BSG Articles

Toronto and 18 Other Cities Worldwide Commit to Making New Buildings Net Zero Carbon by 2030
Published on September 18, 2018

According to the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), a building nets zero carbon if it is, “highly energy efficient and fully powered by on-site and/or off site renewable energy sources.” With global temperature increasing worldwide, 19 different cities and their leaders have agreed to work together in an attempt to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5℃. This commitment was formulated out of the notion that over half of a city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings in urban areas. As a result, looking to eliminate some of those emissions becomes crucial in order to preserve the integrity of our environment in the future.

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Cannabis Smells
Published on September 17, 2018

Cannabis will soon be legalized in Ontario, but what does this mean for condo owners and people renting apartments? There is already some concern over cannabis odour bothering neighbours. Finding the causes for this can put hep put an end to the concern.

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New Residential Construction and Airtightness Testing
Published on August 28, 2018

Proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code and SB-12 regarding mandatory airtightness testing for new residential construction are slated for 2020 and 2022. It is really no longer a question of “if” but more of a “when”. There will be two phases that home builders will need to be aware of – and ready for.

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Energy Ratings for Realtors & Real Estate Agents
Published on July 31, 2018

Today, most homes (both old and new) consume less energy than even a decade ago. Whether it’s through improved insulation or the desire to weatherproof against the heat of Ontario summers or the frigidness of our winters, homeowners are focused on improving their home’s energy rating. This occurs either as a by-product of their upgrades, or intentionally, depending on their level of knowledge of energy ratings. As a real estate agent, you are in the position to help buyers – and owners – better understand the homes they are buying and selling. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of 8 reasons why energy ratings are beneficial for real estate agents and the people they serve.


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Large Building Air Tightness Testing
Published on June 24, 2018

Over the years, the need for higher performance buildings has helped to develop design changes that include a more efficient use of energy and resources. More and more, designers and builders are showing an increased interest in knowing the actual air tightness of the projects they are involved in constructing as a way of better calculating the building’s energy performance. This allows for more accurate expectations of how the building will make use of its energy inputs and will also allow for more accurate design engineering of the building’s mechanical systems.

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Home Renovation Upgrades/Rebates
Published on June 13, 2018

Written By: Rick Miller, Service Organization Manager

Type this term into any search engine and you will notice that there are several different rebate programs available to homeowners wishing to improve their home’s energy efficiencies. Your next step is to figure out which upgrades you yourself will be eligible for, and how much rebate money you will get back on your upgrades. Depending on the program, you will then need to find a qualified contractor, or in some cases, a Registered Energy Advisor. Let’s follow Pete, a friend of mine, and see how he navigates this renovation ordeal for his own home.

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Air Tightness Testing Helps Homebuilders
Published on May 29, 2018

New changes to Ontario’s Building Code will affect home builders in the coming years. Even today, a home that’s built with the latest energy performance elements will consume substantially less energy than a similar house built in 2005. And by the year 2022, energy performance requirements will allow a new house to use about 60% less energy than a similar house built in 2005.  As a builder, it’s important to get ahead of the new changes to Ontario’s Building Code and start performing air tightness testing on homes now. This way, you know – and prove – that your homes are being built to the coming standard or above.  As such, air tightness testing helps homebuilders to better accommodate client needs and keep the competition wondering how they do it because of these three reasons.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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