Industry News

Opportunities Listing: Call for Presenters Listing

Title: Call for Presenters for OAA Continuing Education Sessions Deadline for Call for Proposals: September 29, 2017 Eligibility: Open to educators, presenters with expertise in their field
Theme: Bold by Design
Submission form and details: visit, Call for Presenters online submission form
Session Audience: Leaders in architecture and design, Emerging talents in architecture, Students entering the field, Built environment enthusiasts, Allied professionals, Faculty, Media Session Event Date: ConEd Sessions, OAA Conference, May 23-25, 2018
Event Location: Toronto, Ontario

Visit the OAA Website at; learn more about the opportunities and the process.

Energy reporting regulation passed!

The Province adopted the proposed energy reporting and benchmarking regulation in February 2017.  The reporting requirements will be phased in as follows:

July 2018: Large commercial buildings must report on 2017 data

July 2019: Large multi-unit residential buildings much report on 2018 data

July 2020: All buildings over 50,000sqft must report on 2019 data


Summary details of the regulation are here:

Full details of the regulation can be found here:


One of the key recommendations made by TAF and OBEC has been incorporated: every five years, the data must be verified by a qualified professional.  We’ve just learned that BSSOs are on the list as one of the designations accepted to be an accredited professional.  

Energy Reporting Requirements (ERR) Update

Following our dinner meeting presentation on Ontario’s proposed Energy Reporting Requirements (ERR) by Bryan Purcell, the Director of Policy and Programs at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, OBEC has been supporting the adoption of this policy on behalf of its members.  In February 2016, we provide a letter of support for the changes to the Green Energy Act proposed under Bill 135 which were intended to enable the implementation of an energy reporting and benchmarking policy for large buildings.  Later that month, in response to all of the positive feedback on the proposed changes to the Green Energy Act, the Province introduced a regulatory proposal that provide more detail about implementation of this legislation.  The OBEC board reviewed this proposal and made further recommendations in April 2016 including the need for third-party verification of the reported data and disclosure of additional reporting elements such as building vintage to make the data more meaningful. 

You can also follow the progress of this important piece of legislation here


Intelligent Flat Roof Monitoring System Detects Leaks in Real Time

Toronto, Canada (October 29, 2015)… International Leak Detection (ILD) and PROGEO Monitoring GmbH today announced their strategic alliance to deliver the Smartex® MX system to the North American roofing and waterproofing market.

Smartex® is an intelligent flat roof monitoring system that tracks the integrity of waterproofing systems 24 hours a day. When a rupture occurs, Smartex® immediately detects it and issues an alert. The system also pinpoints the location of the leak, eliminating the need for a search and allowing for quick repair.

“With the demand for smart buildings, the roofing and waterproofing market has been searching for a system that can truly provide 24-hour, on-demand access to their roofing and waterproofing assets,” says Chris Eichhorn, President & CEO of ILD. “Smartex® is the system we’ve been waiting for.”

Developed by PROGEO Monitoring in Berlin, Germany, Smartex® is the only product of its kind on the market. Robust and durable sensors, designed to meet the demands of the construction environment, are combined with high-performance cloud solutions to produce secure and reliable information. Clients can easily access this information using a PC, tablet or smart phone.

Smartex® also has the benefit of monitoring in all weather conditions. In the case of an extreme weather event, clients no longer have to worry about whether or not the integrity of their flat roof was compromised. Smartex® will provide instant, up-to-date information.

“Smartex® can reduce long-term flat roof maintenance costs by up to 70 percent,” says Andreas Rödel, founder and CEO of PROGEO Monitoring GmhB. “It is a well-known fact that flat roofs will leak at some point. PROGEO’s intelligent monitoring technology will detect issues large or small and allow you to respond. It puts the control in your hands.”

Applications for Smartex® include:

  • Flat roofs, exposed membrane or ballasted
  • Vegetated/green roofs
  • Parking decks
  • Underground garages
  • Sprinkler tanks
  • Swimming pools
  • Bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Wooden constructions
  • Waterproofing systems against ground water
  • Special constructions
  • Hospitals, data centers, art galleries, museums and any building where moisture intrusion could impact critical operations or valuable assets

Smartex® is available through ILD in the USA and Canada beginning October 1, 2015. ILD has created a technical service department to install Smartex® and service existing PROGEO Monitoring systems using its trained technicians.

“PROGEO is the leader in the research and development of membrane monitoring systems. We are proud to be aligned with them. Our clients now have the choice of our standard EFVM® integrity testing or the state-of-the-art Smartex® system for their roof or waterproofing assets,” says Eichhorn.

“This partnership teams up the monitoring market leader in Europe with the leak detection market leader in North America. Both ILD and PROGEO have a reputation for customer-centric business activities and trustworthiness. We are pleased to be working with ILD to deliver Smartex® in the United States and Canada,” says Rödel.

For more information, please contact ILD at 1-866-282-LEAK (5325) (toll-free across North America), or visit

International Leak Detection (ILD)
ILD is a world leader in integrity testing for roofing and waterproofing membranes. Since 2001, it has tested more than 400M square feet of membrane, locating more than 1.25M breaches and saving close to $20M in leak-related costs. The alliance with PROGEO Smartex® MX builds on ILD’s commitment to early detection, pinpoint accuracy and investing in the best technology to ensure structures are watertight. ILD operates in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, GCC, India and South America.

PROGEO Monitoring GmbH (PROGEO)
For more than 20 years, PROGEO has been a leader in the development and installation of intelligent monitoring systems. With roots in the waste landfill and related environmental market, PROGEO has excelled in creating systems with reliability and robustness that spans decades. PROGEO is recognized for its continuous research, development and innovation, most recently winning a Top 100 Innovator award in 2014. Founded in 1992, PROGEO is 9001 EN ISO: 2008 certified.

Francine McLeod, ILD
Phone: 905-427-3386 (Canada) or 1-866-282-5325 (North America toll-free)


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