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