Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - Volume 3, Issue 9

Volume 3, Issue 9

High distinction for B.C.’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College in Penticton, B.C., has been named the 2016 most sustainable building in Canada in the university and college category by the Green Building Review.

The review, led by a panel of building industry experts, ranks Canada’s greenest buildings according to stringent criteria for different building categories. The Centre was also the first building of its size to achieve LEED Platinum certification in 2015 and has won numerous international design awards.

The 7,085-square metre Centre of Excellence opened in 2011 and was supported by more than            $22 million through the joint Provincial-Federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program, along with more than $9 million in community and industry contributions.

Not only was the Centre built to meet the LEED Platinum standard, but the design and innovative features were conceived to meet the targets of the Living Building Challenge, which recognizes leaders in innovative and sustainable building design. The Challenge is a program of the International Living Future Institute™ and offers certification for development at any scale. It requires that buildings meet specific targets in terms of site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty.

The list of sustainable building features at the Centre of Excellence is long, but some key ones include polished concrete floors with in-floor radiant heating, natural ventilation and cooling, solar chimneys, and an automated system that indicates when windows should be opened and closed. The Centre’s roof is covered with the largest array of photovoltaic solar panels in Western Canada, which can generate nearly 260 kW of electricity.

With all these and more energy-efficient features, the building is expected to use 65 kWh of energy per square metre annually compared to a similar but smaller building that would use 250 kWh per square metre per year. Moreover, all waste-water produced by the building is recycled and reused in its grey water system and on-site irrigation, and solar panels heat water for domestic use.

Energy benchmarking is a key tool in identifying opportunities and monitoring building energy performance (see The benefits of benchmarking). Moreover, energy use baselines and the success of energy efficiency projects can be effectively tracked using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Building owners and managers who are considering new sustainable construction can consult NRCan’s Best practices for new buildings.

For additional information on the awards, visit the Green Building Review 2016 and the Living Building Challenge.

For more information about the award-winning Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, go to:

Canada’s Greenest Employers 2016

A diverse group of 65 employers from across Canada has been recognized as the 2016 winners of Canada’s Greenest Employers designation. This year’s winners include organizations from the real estate industry, the retail and manufacturing sectors, and health and educational institutions.

The Canada Top 100 Employer project hosted by Mediacorp Canada Inc. organizes its annual Canada's Greenest Employers competition to honour Canadian organizations that excel in promoting environmental awareness among employees in the workplace. Now in its tenth year, the competition is intended to encourage the creation of an environmental culture among employees and the development of innovative, green initiatives.

Employers of any size from the private and public sector are selected by the editors of the Canada Top 100 Employer project depending on the success of their environmental initiatives, the extent of employee involvement in and contribution to those initiatives, and the degree to which these initiatives have changed the employer’s identity and have attracted new employees.

The City of Calgary, one of the 2016 winners, was the first major jurisdiction to adopt a sustainable building policy. The City also has a formal environmental policy that focuses on long-term sustainability and boasts a forward-thinking water conservation strategy. Specific measures include new solar panels on the City of Calgary's Southland Leisure Centre roof, fuel-efficient and alternative vehicles in its fleet, as well as the LEED Gold certification of the City’s Water Centre.

The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto was also recognized for its Environmental Sustainability Program, which features enhanced waste management programs, hybrid vehicles in its fleet and a fluorescent bulb “eater” machine. The centre also has an anesthetic gas absorption technology to reduce the amount of waste gas released, and a green roof and cool (white) roof systems help reduce energy consumption.

KPMG, another winner, employs the Global Green Initiative to reduce its international carbon footprint through energy conservation and renewable energy use. KPMG's head office is an impressive state-of-the-art building located in downtown Toronto, built to LEED Gold standard. The company also has Sustainability Office Champions who are responsible for leading the office Green Teams.

Manitoba Hydro was also selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a number of reasons, including the organization’s state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum-certified, climatically responsive office tower. The building is equipped with automated solar shading, PV solar panels, a green roof, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. The utility also uses an environmental management system and integrates hybrid and electric vehicles into its fleet where possible.

Employers considering going green can start with energy benchmarking, which is made easy through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. For more reasons to use a benchmarking tool, visit Why ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager? and discover the value of ENERGY STAR scores and the Advantages of energy efficiency.

For the full articles on the 2016 winners, please visit:

Canadian Energy Efficiency Distinction Points Available for Dollars to $ense Participants

Have you previously attended a Dollars to $ense workshop? If so, you could be eligible for two Canadian Sustainable Energy Practitioner (CSEP) Distinction points for each one-day workshop attended.

The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) offers the distinction to recognize Canadian sustainable-energy leader achievements, awarding points for each training course attended and completed. Once achieved, recipients are listed in CIET's CSEP Who's Who database, which aims to display records of the relevant training completed. More than 2000 professionals are currently listed in the database, which can be used to look for energy professionals in your province or to validate credentials.

To claim your points, fill in the application form (you’ll need to upload scans of your attendance certificates in JPEG or Adobe PDF format): www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2Sense.

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