Case studies: Crown Realty Partners

Crown Realty Partners is a private co-owner and manager of mid-sized office buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. Established in 2001, this organization has a mission that drives their quest to provide superior value in commercial real estate investment.

Crown uses three different external energy benchmarking programs, in addition to its internal benchmarking routine. Crown Realty Partners' participate in Canada Green Building Council's GREEN UP® program, Real Property Association of Canada's Energy Benchmarking Program, and is also using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager™ to support certification of various buildings under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) high performance green buildings rating system.

Crown Realty Partners view benchmarking as a proven energy-saving technique. Benchmarking supports their continuous improvement efforts as they strive to lower costs, extend equipment life, etc. which ultimately benefits its tenants. One of the biggest wins for the organization has been the education and motivation of the staff, resulting from the collective review of their energy benchmarking data. The organization has a number of young and new operators, so the ongoing review and analysis of their energy benchmarking results highlights and prioritizes opportunities for energy improvement.

The results of their energy benchmarking efforts worthwhile and has assisted the organization to realize consistent energy savings year after year, with over 2% savings in 2011 from 2010 across their portfolio.