The Canada Green Building Council
(CaGBC) is a not-for-profit organization that has been working in the field of
green building and sustainable community development in Canada since 2002. Its
activities are diverse but tightly focused on the end goal of environmental
sustainability. Providing builders, property owners and managers with the means
of benchmarking the energy performance of their buildings is key to advancing
its agenda. There are several ways to do that and the CaGBC can help you determine which tools and resources are best for you.
LEED® give you access to the tools you need to impact your buildings' performance
Ongoing performance measurement and reporting of energy and water use is
an integral part of LEED Existing Buildings:Operations & Maintenance. 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 July 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.
The importance of benchmarking energy use
You can't manage what you don't measure.
If you don't have the means of comparing the energy use of your property
to other similar properties, then it is impossible to determine how much room
for improvement you have. Measuring and benchmarking energy use
is, quite simply, best practice for building owners. Lighting, heating, power
and cooling systems are a significant source of overall operating expenses for
owners. They provide an important area for achievable reduction in expenses.