Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency – VOLUME 1, Issue 4 (July)

Volume 1, Issue 4

New national Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use to commence

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A new national survey of commercial and institutional energy use will soon begin.

The survey is conducted every 5 years to collect detailed information on the energy demand and consumption patterns of Canadian organizations and institutions, their buildings and establishments. Statistics Canada will be conducting the survey on behalf of Natural Resources Canada.

Gathering, analysing and sharing energy-use data is a smart practice – both from the perspective of individual enterprises and stakeholder associations such as sector organizations, utilities and government bodies. The data obtained from this survey provides essential information for measuring energy efficiency and is used frequently in the development of policies and programs that benefit individual business and the commercial and institutional buildings sector as a whole. Better knowledge of energy use in the sector is linked to responsible use of our energy resources, more effective programs and improved economic and environmental security.

The results of this survey will be used by utilities, as well as provincial and federal governments, to develop programs and policies that will improve the energy efficiency of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada. It will support target programs, such as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, providing the basis for updating the ENERGY STAR 1-100 performance scores currently available and for creating new scores for building types not currently eligible for a score. Industry associations, building managers and business owners will have up-to-date data on similar buildings with which to compare their own energy consumption. In addition, energy specialists and consumers will be able to learn more about buildings’ consumption patterns.

In August and September 2014, Statistics Canada will begin to contact potential survey respondents. In January 2015, the data collection phase will start. An introductory package will be sent to each respondent explaining the survey and the process, followed by a telephone call to collect the data. This approach aims to capture the richest information possible in a statistically sound and cost-effective manner. So, be prepared if someone contacts you to participate in the survey!

If you would like to learn more about this national survey, e-mail info.services@nrcan.gc.ca. To view the 2009 survey results, see: Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy use (SCIEU) – Buildings 2009.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Web Services 3.0 release The next major version release of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web services is currently scheduled for August 6, 2014. It includes some minor schema changes, fixes, and other enhancements. These updates were released to the test environment on June 4, 2014 so that web services users can test the changes in advance of the August release. During this time, the test and LIVE environments will be slightly out of sync. For more information, you can view the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager Web Services: August 2014 Schema Changes or their Web Services FAQs.

 

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Web Services 3.0 release

The next major version release of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web services is currently scheduled for August 6, 2014.

It includes some minor schema changes, fixes, and other enhancements. These updates were released to the test environment on June 4, 2014 so that web services users can test the changes in advance of the August release. During this time, the test and LIVE environments will be slightly out of sync.

For more information, you can view the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager Web Services: August 2014 Schema Changes or their Web Services FAQs.

 

Toronto Atmospheric Fund wins Special Commendation

Recently, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) was given a Special Commendation for Achievement in Transformational Finance by the juried 2014 Financial Times/International Finance Corporation (FT/IFC) Transformational Business Awards. Founded in 1991 with a $23 million endowment, TAF is an arm’s length agency of the City of Toronto with a mandate to support initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in Toronto.

Showcasing ground-breaking business initiatives that create long-term, transformative solutions to environmental, social and corporate governance challenges, the awards attracted 237 entries from 214 institutions in 61 countries. The ceremony took place in the U.K. in June.

TAF was recognized for its unique approach to financing low-carbon projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution with its Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA). The ESPA is a non-debt financing structure that addresses key barriers to advancing energy efficiency retrofits. 

This recognition puts TAF’s financial innovation work on the international stage. The short-list of seven in this category included the Bank of America and Citigroup, and the winner was JPMorgan Chase/Lion’s Head. The full list of winners is listed on the FT/IFC website.

For more information on the ESPA, visit TAF’s TowerWise site.

 

Changing the landlord-tenant relationship: Green leasing

Green leases are gaining momentum and are changing the traditional relationship between landlord and tenant. Increasingly, tenants are asking for energy efficiency improvements, and that landlords perform specific operations and maintenance duties. At the same time, landlords are dictating the type of materials and equipment for office rental spaces, and are requiring that tenants follow recycling and energy conservation programs. Green leases put these types of conditions directly into the leasing agreement.

Specifically, green leases integrate energy and water efficiency, emissions reduction, waste minimization and other sustainability objectives throughout the entire commercial leasing process. They are energy-aligned, high-performance, energy-efficient agreements that ensure financial and environmental benefits for both parties. In short, green leases are a powerful mechanism to foster the responsible use of energy and help drive energy savings.

A green lease follows a process transparent to all parties and generally covers (i) rent structure and operating expenses; (ii) build out of tenant improvements; (iii) sustainable development principles and regulations; (iv) use and disposal of hazardous materials, including cleaning supplies; (v) recycling; and (vi) environmental management plans.

The Green Lease Leader recognition program, developed by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance is pushing green leasing into the mainstream by promoting best practices for commercial leases and recognizing organizations that are using green lease language. Green Lease leaders, which, so far, are large property owners, are creating blueprints for writing green leases for nearly every major property type.

The Canadian-owned Oxford Properties Group, with more than $20 billion in assets under management and comprised of 50 million ft2 (4.6 million m2) of office, retail, multi-residential, industrial and hotel real estate, was recently recognized as a 2014 Green Lease Leader. For some time already, the company has been integrating sustainability into the operations of the buildings in its portfolio and introducing green technologies into its new development. According to Oxford Properties’ website:

[They] are committed to constantly finding new ways to enable sustainable action in [their] buildings and across [their] business(…)  [Their] vision around sustainability is clear – [they] want to grow [their] business without growing [their] environmental footprint and [they] want to continue to be an employer and partner of choice.

Read the full articles on Green Leasing here:

www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/05/29/10-reasons-why-green-leases-create-value-tenants-and-landlords

www.imt.org/news/the-current/2014-green-lease-leaders-light-the-way-to-sustainable-landlord-tenant-relat

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Valuable Canadian technical and training documentation

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Attention all users of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager! You now have access to additional technical and training documentation using Natural Resources Canada’s FTP (file transfer protocol) site.

The site will give you access to information on ENERGY STAR Scores in Canada, supporting technical and training documents as well as to copies of past NRCan ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager presentations.

To access the site, visit:
https://fileexchange.nrcan.gc.ca/index.php
Enter the following login information:
user name: oee_efib_user
password:  energy_Mgt*

 
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If you have any questions or difficulties accessing the site, e-mail info.services@nrcan.gc.ca.

Calendar of events and other important dates

The following list highlights key events:

If you are interested in having a customized Dollars to $ense workshop, please note that it will take eight to ten weeks to from planning to delivery.

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