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Schedule for upcoming Canadian ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager updates

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Coming soon! ENERGY STAR certification in Canada

You asked for it; we are bringing it! NRCan is hard at work adapting the ENERGY STAR certification process for use in Canada so that you can earn recognition for your top-performing energy-efficient buildings.

Starting in 2018, eligible building types will be able to apply for certification and share their success with everyone who walks by or through their doors. To qualify, your building will need to earn an ENERGY STAR score of at least 75, meet certain other eligibility criteria, and have your application verified by a licensed professional.

We will share more information about this exciting initiative as it becomes available, including eligibility requirements, application procedures, and guidance for licensed professionals on performing verifications. In the meantime, there are some general steps you can take to get ready:

  1. Make sure you’re benchmarking, and that you have at least one full year of consumption data for all your meters.
  2. Run a Data Quality Check in Portfolio Manager to make sure you haven’t missed anything, and correct any issues.
  3. Look for energy-saving opportunities you can take advantage of to improve the energy efficiency of your building.

Shoot to score! New 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for ice/curling rinks now available!

Ice/curling rinks are now eligible to obtain a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score. Because of the high energy demands of creating and maintaining ice surfaces, energy management is important for these facilities. The new score will give indoor ice rink managers a powerful tool to help them understand their energy performance, which is the first step to improving it. Benchmarking with Portfolio Manager can help you set priorities for your ice/curling rink. By measuring how your facility compares with other similar facilities across Canada, you will be able to identify poorly performing facilities, spot opportunities and build a sound business case for targeted investments that will reduce energy costs.

For more information on upcoming training and eligibility criteria, consult our energy benchmarking for indoor ice rinks page.

Learn more about benchmarking and energy efficiency for indoor ice rinks 

Technical Reference Guide for Ice/Curling Rinks [PDF – 778 KB] (NEW) 
Learn more about ENERGY STAR scores in Canada
Learn more about the Survey of Energy Consumption in Arenas, the basis for the new score

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Snapshots coming soon!

The arrival of Portfolio Manager into Canada in August 2013 provided a valuable source of data that the buildings sector has been eagerly anticipating. We are thrilled to announce for the first time we will be making this data available through our new series of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Snapshots. The Data Snapshots are intended to provide Canadians with up-to-date statistics and information on the buildings entered into Portfolio Manager. The Data Snapshots will be updated twice a year with the latest data from Portfolio Manager and the series will include documents with information specific to a selection of building types, as well as a document covering the Canadian buildings sector overall. These documents will be a valuable source of information for policy development, reference, research and planning.

For more information, please contact us at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Other updates to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

A number of other significant updates to the tool are also planned for 2017–2018. These include new source energy factors and an updated scoring model for commercial office buildings.

Updated scoring model for commercial office buildings: The ENERGY STAR score for commercial office buildings that launched in 2013 was based on data from the 2009 Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use. A new survey was conducted recently to collect data for 2014, and this data will be used to update the scoring model for office buildings. The new model will provide a more up-to-date comparison for Canadian office buildings’ energy use.

What this means for you: The ENERGY STAR score is percentile-based, that is, it scores your building’s efficiency relative to other buildings, rather than as an absolute value. This means that as the performance of buildings across Canada changes, your building’s performance relative to other buildings’ performance will also change, and your score may change as a result.

If you are in the process of applying for any type of building certification, we recommend that you print out your statement of energy performance before the office score is updated so that your application can proceed with your current score and metrics. More information will be provided as the date of the change approaches.

Learn more about energy benchmarking for commercial office buildings

Updates to calculations for parking, pools and data centres: NRCan is reviewing the current engineering adjustments that Portfolio Manager uses to account for certain specialized space types. Although minor changes are possible, we are not anticipating any major changes to the parking or pool adjustments. We are also planning to add a data centre engineering adjustment for data centres located in office buildings and to clarify the requirement that data centre energy be included in the total building consumption.

Source energy factors: Portfolio Manager’s metrics are based on source energy, which helps to compare different types of energy use. The factors used to convert site energy to source energy depend on several characteristics, including fuel quality, efficiency of conversion from primary to secondary energy, and distribution efficiency. As the national infrastructure evolves, so do the ratios used to calculate source energy. For this reason, the energy source factors including electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, propane, steam, hot water and chilled water are reviewed every few years and adjusted accordingly in Portfolio Manager. The last time source factors were reviewed was in 2013, so they will be updated in 2018.

What this means for you: When the ratios used to convert your site energy into source energy change, your source energy use intensity (EUI) will likely also change. If your building currently has an ENERGY STAR score, this could have an impact on your score. If you are in the process of applying for any type of building certification, we recommend that you print out your statement of energy performance before the source factors are updated so that your application can proceed with your current score and metrics. More information will provided as the date of the change approaches.

For more information about source energy, see our Technical Reference on Source Energy [PDF – 369 KB].

Greenhouse gas emission factors: Portfolio Manager calculates your building’s greenhouse gas emissions (including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) from on-site fuel combustion, purchased electricity, and district heating and cooling. Portfolio Manager also lets you track avoided emissions from any green power purchases.

Greenhouse gas emission factors have been reviewed and updated in Portfolio Manager. By applying updated factors to all previous energy consumption periods, Portfolio Manager recalculates your previous years’ emissions, effectively re-baselining emissions for your building.

Portfolio Manager users are able to print out reports annually to document historical emissions metrics.

For more information about greenhouse gas emissions, see our Technical Reference Guide on Greenhouse Gas Emissions [PDF – 579 KB]

Schedule for Canadian ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager updates
Update Timeline
New score for ice/curling rinks Fall 2017 (Now available)
Greenhouse gas emissions factor updates Fall 2017 (Now available)
Office score update Winter 2018
Source factor updates Winter 2018
Parking, pool and data centre updates Winter 2018
ENERGY STAR Certification (all existing building types) Winter – Spring 2018

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

The best way to keep apprised of updates to Portfolio Manager news and activities is to sign up for the Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact us at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.