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ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada


You asked for it; we brought it! NRCan is proud to announce that the ENERGY STAR certification process for use in Canada is here. Commercial and institutional buildings in Canada can now earn recognition for top-performing energy-efficient buildings.

Eligible building types can obtain ENERGY STAR certification. Building owners and managers can now share their energy management 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 your application will have to be verified by a licensed professional.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, application procedures, and guidance for licensed professionals on performing verifications, visit ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada. If you are not already registered in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, here are the key steps you will need to take to get ready to certify your building:

  1. Register your buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. You can visit our ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Access page to get started.
  2. Benchmark at least one full year of consumption data for all your meters.
  3. Run a Data Quality Check in Portfolio Manager to make sure your data is accurate. Look for energy-saving opportunities you can take advantage of to improve the energy efficiency of your building.

If you have specific questions regarding ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada, please visit ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada! (Winter 2018) or contact

Can’t find the answer to your question? Check out our new and improved Frequently Asked Questions page

We have recently made some changes to our Benchmarking – Frequently Asked Questions page. If you are having trouble finding the answer to your question, visit our page for more information.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

The Province of Ontario is asking Ontario Building Owners: How does your building stack up?


Energy and water reporting for large buildings

In Ontario, if you own a building that is 50,000 square feet or larger, you may need to report its energy and water use once a year. The first deadline to submit your report, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, is July 1, 2018.

Reporting how much energy and water your building uses can help you identify ways to reduce costs and greenhouse gases. You can also use the benchmarking information about your building’s energy and water use to see how your building stacks up against similar buildings.

By 2020, this requirement will be phased in to include more buildings, eventually reaching those 50,000 square feet and larger.

Visit or call 1-844-274-0689 to find resources and information to help, including how and when to report.

Are you a recognized Champion? Find out how to be a part of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Circle of Champions


Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Circle of Champions page is designed to showcase energy benchmarking success stories on organizations that have successfully integrated benchmarking as part of their overall energy management strategy. Check out their success stories to learn how you can do the same.

If you would like to see your organization listed among these champions or have your energy benchmarking efforts celebrated in our Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency monthly newsletter, submit your story. For more information, email or call 1-877-360-5500 (toll-free).

In case you missed it! ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager since 2017

Natural Resources Canada does updates to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager every August and February. These new updates may have potential impacts on your score. For more information, visit our benchmarking training resources section.

Learn more about energy benchmarking for commercial office buildings

In September 2017, ice/curling rinks became the 7th building type 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 gives indoor ice rink managers a powerful tool to help them understand their energy performance, which is the first step to improving it.

In February 2018, an updated source energy factors and an updated score for commercial office buildings were released.

In March 2019, an updated score for K-12 schools, a new score for Warehouses and an update to the Canadian weather stations were released.

Learn more about benchmarking and energy efficiency for indoor ice rinks

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

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

Calendar of events 2018

The ENERGY STAR and PORTFOLIO MANAGER names and the ENERGY STAR symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.

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