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Volume 5, Issue 5 (May 2018)

Celebrating Canada’s energy efficiency superstars

On May 28, 2018, the Government of Canada will recognize and celebrate leaders in energy efficiency from across Canada at the 15th annual ENERGY STAR® Awards.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, will recognize organizations through the ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards for advancing energy efficiency. The Awards recognize organizations in the ENERGY STAR for Products and ENERGY STAR for New Homes programs that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes available on the market in Canada. This year’s winners represent utilities, manufacturers, retailers, associations and homebuilders that are helping Canadian consumers and businesses save money while also addressing climate change.

New this year, owners of Canada’s first ENERGY STAR certified buildings will also be celebrated. In March 2018, ENERGY STAR Canada was expanded to include a new certification program for seven types of commercial and institutional buildings. The program encourages and recognizes top energy performance in commercial offices, K-12 schools, hospitals, medical offices, senior care communities and residential care facilities, supermarkets and food stores, and ice/curling rinks. Building owners who successfully answered the “Who will be the first?” challenge will be recognized during the award ceremony.

Stay tuned on May 28 as we recognize the dedication and commitment of Canada’s energy efficiency leaders. Visit our website for the full list of Canada’s first ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

To learn more about how to certify your commercial or institutional building, .

Vancouver Fire Hall building to a Zero Emissions Standard

Fire Hall #17

Vancouver’s new Fire Hall #17 will be twice the size of its aging predecessor, and include provisions for a training hall with four drive-through apparatus bays, full size hose/training tower, and a training yard and accommodation for a two-crew operation. It will be built to a post-disaster standard and serve as an emergency hub and a secure location for city IT services. At the same time, the new site showcases significant achievements in energy efficiency.

The new fire hall is being designed to a Passive House Standard to reduce heat loss from the building by over 70%. The fire hall uses a geo-exchange system to minimize remaining heating and cooling energy, eliminate the use of fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and generate sufficient on-site renewable energy using solar photovoltaics to offset 100% of remaining GHG emissions, based on the new Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Emission Building standard. Along with a small group of projects spread across the country, the new fire hall is part of the CaGBC Zero Emission Building standard pilot, which uses innovative new green building performance standards to drive down GHG emissions from commercial buildings in Canada.

The project received a grant and loan from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund to go beyond a zero emissions standard and increase on-site renewable generation to achieve a net zero energy standard.

The project is one of the first City of Vancouver-owned buildings being designed to demonstrate leadership as part of the City’s Zero Emission Building Plan adopted by council in July 2016. The City’s Zero Emissions Buildings Plan contains thermal and whole building energy intensity limits that take a building envelope first approach, similar to those in the voluntary BC Energy Step Code. The Zero Emission Building Plan also includes GHG limits that step down over time, so that Vancouver’s Building Bylaw will require all buildings to be constructed to a zero emission standard by 2030. The Fire Hall #17 project and other new City of Vancouver-owned buildings are being designed to achieve zero emissions now to foster design and construction innovation, drive supply chain evolution for high performance building elements, lower the costs of achieving zero emissions buildings, and ultimately facilitate the adoption of regulations requiring new buildings across Vancouver to have very low emissions.

BOMA Québec Building Energy Challenge

BOMA Québec is launching its new Building Energy Challenge, a friendly and stimulating competition that will take place over four years. It aims to reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions of Quebec's commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings through collaboration, knowledge sharing, education and innovation.

The Building Energy Challenge is aimed at building owners, managers and tenants who are committed to putting in place responsible management practices to improve their energy performance in a sustainable manner. It is free and open to all eligible properties in the province, whether or not they are members of BOMA Québec.

The kick-off of this initiative took place on May 23 at the Maison du développement durable with representatives of the City of Montréal (founding partner), Transition Énergétique Québec (TEQ), Hydro-Québec and Énergir (principal partners), and Natural Resources Canada (collaborating partner).

The Building Energy Challenge is already generating enthusiasm among BOMA Québec members, and several properties have already confirmed their intention to participate. In addition, the Challenge offers a platform for exchanging current best practices in energy efficiency in buildings. It is a unique opportunity for collaboration between government, municipalities, owners and managers, their tenants, and their users to reduce the environmental impact of buildings in the province.

The data analyzed for the Challenge will be collected via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® benchmarking tool. Full details will be available online as of May 23.

Registration will begin at www.buildingenergychallenge.ca (http://www.defienergie.ca). You can also subscribe to their newsletter today so you do not miss anything in the weeks to come.

Upcoming events

May 30-31, 2018 | Vaughan, Ontario

Canada’s unparalleled conference on energy efficiency is fast approaching. Targeting Canadian buildings and industry sectors, ENERGY SUMMIT 2018Maximize Profitability through Energy Performance, will drive adoption of energy management systems to help you:

  • Meet profitability goals
  • Increase competitiveness
  • Become more sustainable through smart energy management 

NRCan is co-hosting this event with the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) and a private sector partner, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Bring your energy and register today!

Building Lasting Change 2018: Driving Global Action toward a Low Carbon Economy
June 5-7, 2018 – Beanfield Centre Toronto, ON

Join the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and REALPAC for the largest green building industry event of the year. This event examines what is happening in Canada and around the world to meet aggressive international carbon emissions targets. Participants will have access to the latest knowledge and insights from Canadian and global experts in green building design and retrofits, government policy, real estate finance, market transformation, and technology innovation.

The Road to Net Zero Carbon & Energy: 
Definitions, Tools, Strategies & Case Studies for Existing & New Buildings
June 13, 2018 - The Well, Bayview Yards Innovation Centre,

Continuing Education certificates for 3 hours of study will be issued for members of the OAA, PEO, OAQ, OIQ

Climate change has delivered more extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, flooding, and greater storm intensity. Protection of capital assets and the threat of liability are real issues facing building professionals. According to the City of Ottawa’s 2014 Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan, the energy used to heat, cool and ventilate buildings accounted for 49% of GHG emissions in Ottawa in 2012. As government policy and building codes commit to reducing carbon, the industry needs to understand and deliver zero carbon buildings.

Sustainable Buildings Canada is pleased to offer building professionals a half day of presentations addressing carbon and energy use reduction in new and existing buildings. The presenters are energy and design professionals who understand the challenge of defining net zero and who have delivered low carbon solutions. The sessions will cover topics including the Ottawa carbon neutral district, design and energy modelling for future weather, near net zero for existing commercial buildings, Passive House design, and net zero retrofits. It will give building owners, managers and designers practical methods, tools and strategies to approach, and eventually reach, net zero energy and carbon buildings. Register here.

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