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Best Way to Manage Your Building Portfolio in Canada

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Whether you are managing a large building portfolio or a single property, one of the most important decisions you can make is to maximize the energy efficiency of your holdings. Studies  have shown that green buildings with greater energy efficiency have higher occupancy rates, higher lease rates, and greater valuation. Plus, inefficient buildings have unnecessarily high costs for lighting, heating, and cooling. *Statistics show that these inefficiencies can account for between 50 and 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, which are annually estimated at more than 65 million tonnes. The annual energy costs associated with Canadian commercial properties is an astronomical $17.6 billion. Increasing the "green” factor of your holdings can save significant resources annually, as well as reduce the size of your portfolio's carbon footprint. Making the commercial buildings in your portfolio more energy efficient is good for the bottom line – and for the planet.

 

 

Where to Start

 

While it's easy to understand that ensuring your portfolio is environmentally friendly and energy efficient is the smart course of action, it's sometimes difficult to know where to begin.

 

Do a simple search on the internet for "How to improve the efficiency of buildings” or "best way to measure energy efficiency of buildings” and you’ll find out there are a few leaders in this area. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is probably the best place to start. They can provide you with information, guidance and resources that can help you measure, track and evaluate the performance of a single building or an entire portfolio across the country. 

 

Existing buildings or new buildings, even renovated buildings can operate as highly efficient properties with a measurably reduced environmental impact. But knowing the best standards and leveraging the best technologies is important in helping set you and your buildings on the right track.

 

The NEW LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform that gives building owners, facilities managers, consultants and other team members a current snapshot on how your building is performing across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.

 

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) offers ENERGYSTAR®, the Canadian version of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool. This is a free, online measurement and tracking tool that makes it easy for building owner, managers and operators to see and understand how each building in your purview are actually performing.

 

 

ENERGYSTAR can:

  • Establish a baseline energy performance and energy performance goals.
  • Track multiple buildings in one portfolio.
  • Help prioritize future investments.
  • Share information about your facilities with a property manager or service provider.

All buildings - new, existing or renovated, homes, hospitals, office towers or schools play a major role in the state of our environment. Unmanaged or poorly managed buildings can have a detrimental impact on the air we breathe, the conditions we work in, and the water we consume. When you have the desire to make a difference and the tools to help implement improvements, we all will benefit – today and in the future. Wise investments now can make a long term positive difference in the years to come. Check in with the CaGBC to get the information you need.

 

*Statistics from: Natural Resources Canada.

 

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