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Measuring Energy Efficiency of Buildings in Canada

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Energy inefficiencies in Canadian commercial buildings cost owners money and harm the planet. *Statistics reveal that annual energy costs for Canada's commercial building sector amount to more than $17.6 billion, and that the lighting, heating, and cooling of commercial properties represent 50-60 per cent of the country's annual greenhouse gas emissions – an average of 65.3 million tonnes.

 

By contrast, energy and environmentally efficient buildings have higher occupancy levels, lease rates, and valuations. Naturally, energy efficient buildings also have lower operating costs and smaller carbon footprints.

 

Most owners and managers of commercial properties seek to make their holdings more efficient and environmentally friendly, but it can be difficult to make decisions without seeing the full picture.

There are several resources available to help building managers, owners and operators in Canada.  

 

Through the Canada Green Building Council, which holds the Canadian license for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), you will find the tools and services necessary to measure energy and water consumption. 

 

For existing buildings, The LEED Canada EB: O&M 2009 rating system helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. LEED Canada EB: O&M 2009addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades.

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.

 

In 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) released a Canadian version of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. This free, interactive energy management tool allows users to track and assess energy and water consumption for your entire building portfolio

 

With the right guidance, resources and tools it is easier than you might think to see how your full portfolio is performing. Ensuring that your buildings are operating efficiency and being maintained effectively can go a long way to reduce the negative environmental impact of Canada’s built environment. Don’t delay – touch base with the Canada Green Building Council. They are your best bet for current, accurate and relevant information about building green and staying green in Canada.


*Statistics from: Natural Resources Canada.
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