ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings

Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings (PDF, 752 KB) program provides tools and information to improve the energy performance of new and existing commercial and institutional buildings, including federally owned and operated buildings - supporting Canada's commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency for new buildings

Energy efficiency for new buildings

Whether in the concept/design, construction or occupancy phases, opportunities exist to improve a new building's energy efficiency.

Canada's new National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)

The NECB (2011) establishes an overall 25% improvement in energy efficiency over the previous Code and indicates the minimum requirements for energy efficiency in new buildings. For the first time ever, the new code places Canada on a comparable footing with countries that lead the world in energy efficient building construction.

NRCan, along with other government stakeholders and key industry representatives, is playing a leadership role by supporting the adoption of the 2011 Code by coordinating compliance and training initiatives.

The NECB (2011) sets minimum requirements for the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings and covers the building envelope, systems and equipment for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, service water heating, lighting, and the provision of electrical power systems and motors. It applies only to new commercial buildings. It does not apply to existing building renovations or to housing which is covered by Part 9.36 of the National Building Code.

The NECB (2011) was developed using an extensive cross-country consensus-based process involving stakeholders from all levels of government and industry. The application of, and the compliance with, the Code is the jurisdiction of provinces, territories or municipal governments, and must be adopted by them before coming into effect. It has been made available as a guideline to these jurisdictions to either adopt directly or adapt it to suit their local context.

To date, four provinces (Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia), and one charter city, the City of Vancouver, have adopted the NECB (2011). Several other provinces and territories are expected to adopt it by 2015. NECB (2011) was published in November 2011. The next edition of the code is planned for December 2015.

Other services and information for New Buildings are offered through our Training and Information Tools.

Energy efficiency for existing buildings

Through investments in energy efficiency, NRCan's new and updated service offerings can help lower costs and improve the performance of existing buildings - leading to savings of 20 percent or more.

Portfolio Manager Access PageNew national energy benchmarking tool for Canada

"What gets measured gets done". Benchmarking your building's energy performance is a key first step to help you understand and make decisions about how to save energy and reduce your building's carbon footprint.

NRCan is leading the development of a national building energy benchmarking tool (PDF, 873 KB) based on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking tool. The tool will enable building owners and facility managers to compare their building's energy performance. Benchmarking also supports the business case for taking action as it raises the visibility and expectations of a building's energy performance. The Canadian version will be available on a progressive basis, starting in 2013 with office buildings and schools. Other building types will be added over time.

For additional resources to help you reduce your existing building's energy consumption, see our Training and Information Tools.

Energy efficiency for federal buildings

Since 1991, the Federal Buildings Initiative (FBI) has led by example by facilitating the implementation of energy efficiency retrofit projects in federally owned or managed buildings with special emphasis on energy performance contracting as a project financing tool.

Support and technical advice is available to help you with the procurement process and to establish and manage an energy performance contract. Other tools include information sharing networking events, training seminars, case studies, training and information tools and more.

Training and information tools

Our portfolio of information, tools and training are available to get you started, maintain momentum and build on your existing skills and knowledge to further energy efficiency efforts in your buildings.

Commissioning and recommissioning (PDF, 676 KB) are the key activities of a building's optimization process.

Commissioning includes an intensive quality assurance process that begins during the concept phase of a new building and continues through the design, construction, start-up, occupancy and first year of operation phases of the building life cycle. NRCan offers guides, software and other resources to support building commissioning projects.

Often overlooked, recommissioning is an invaluable step that ensures that an existing building will operate efficiently and effectively. Recommissioning results in lowered energy and maintenance costs, increased occupant comfort and productivity as well as enhanced property values. Technical advice and information including workshops, courses, software, guides, case studies and other offerings are available from NRCan.

Training can help to maximize the potential savings of your energy efficiency projects. By investing in the skills and knowledge of your staff, you provide the means necessary to accomplish your energy efficiency goals. A variety of training opportunities are available to keep your staff up-to-date on important energy management topics. Our renowned Dollars to $ense workshop series can be customized to meet your needs.

Other tools and information products are available and include efficiency calculators, case studies, fact sheets, financing information, guides, best practices and newsletters.

For more information, contact us.