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.
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
*Statistics from: Natural Resources Canada.