Toronto Moves on Performance Rules for New and Existing Buildings

This past week, the City of Toronto City Council passed two distinct sets of regulations to improve the climate and energy performance of the city’s news and existing buildings. Here’s the scoop on each.    Existing Buildings: The Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy What it Does First, the city passed the Net Zero Existing Buildings… Read more »

Nova Scotia Unlocks the Power of Building Energy Benchmarking with GRID

Nova Scotia building owners and managers will soon have one-click access to detailed information on how their buildings are performing, helping them lower their properties’ greenhouse gas emissions. They will do so because in March we licensed our GRID benchmark and disclosure software to EfficiencyOne—the non-profit organization operating in Nova Scotia as Efficiency Nova Scotia.… Read more »

CMHC Shortlists OPEN Project Under Housing Supply Challenge

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently shortlisted OPEN Technologies as one of 21 organizations to receive funding under the first round of its Housing Supply Challenge. The federal crown corporation awarded us $200,000 to tackle a critical challenge to affordable housing supply: How can affordable housing providers reduce the number of cancelled projects… Read more »

OPEN Letters: Technologies at Work

If you are reading this, chances are that your work is related to the built environment in some way, as a builder, designer, property manager, energy efficiency advisor, policy maker, or advocate. And if you’re not terribly familiar with this young company called “OPEN Technologies” (ie. us), then you may find yourself wondering … “okay,… Read more »

An OPEN Letter on Climate Justice in the Urban Realm

Like many people around the world, our team at OPEN Technologies has watched the current struggles in American cities with horror and concern, coupled with admiration for the many brave people stepping in to demand real, fundamental change. And like so many young organizations with the privilege of distance and security from many of the… Read more »