Whether you consider benchmarking
your building from a green viewpoint or from an economic perspective, it makes
sense to maximize the energy and environmental performance of all of the
buildings you own or manage.
Two shocking statistics* make this
point perfectly clear:
- Annual energy costs for
Canada's commercial building sector amount to a whopping $17.6 billion.
- Lighting, heating, and
cooling of buildings represent 50-60 per cent of annual greenhouse gas
emissions, an average of 65.3 million tonnes.
With a record like this, it's clear
that we need to continue to improve the energy efficiency of Canadian buildings.
Energy efficient buildings have lower operating costs and smaller carbon
footprints while also attracting higher occupancy levels, lease rates, and valuations. Greening your portfolio holdings just makes sense
for your wallet – and for the planet.
There are many tools and services
available for measuring energy and water consumption.
Ongoing performance measurement and reporting of energy and water use is
an integral part of LEED EB: O&M. Since its launch in 2010, LEED EB: O&M
has been rapidly adopted and is successfully transforming the commercial office
sector with a total of 349 registered and certified buildings across Canada, representing
over 18 million square meters.
2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) released a Canadian version of the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio
Manager is a free, interactive energy management tool that allows you to track
and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of
buildings in a secure online environment.
Manager has the ability to generate weather-normalized and non-weather-normalized
energy use intensity values, greenhouse gas emission metrics, as well as a
percentile energy performance score for eligible building types. As of right
now, K-12 schools and commercial office buildings in Canada receive Canadian specific
1-100 ENERGY STAR energy performance scores.
ENERGYSTAR can also:
- Establish a baseline energy
performance and energy performance goals.
- Track multiple buildings in
- Help prioritize future
- Share information about your
facilities with a property manager or service provider.
version now features:
- Provincial GHG emission
- Local climate data available
by postal code.
- Canadian source-site energy
- Metric units.
- Bilingual interface.
If you are looking for ways to
track or improve the energy efficiency of your buildings, be sure to check out
all the options available to building owners, managers and operators. Remember,
you can’t manage what you don’t measure! The Canada Green Building Council can
help you evaluate your options and set you on the right path.
*Statistics from: Natural Resources Canada.