Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - January 2018

Volume 5, Issue 1 (January 2018)

Coming to Canada: ENERGY STAR® Certification for commercial and institutional buildings!

Demonstrate leadership by example!

Join NRCan’s “Who will be the first?” challenge and be recognized as one of the firsts in Canada to earn ENERGY STAR Certification. Show Canada your commitment to environmental stewardship. For more details, please visit our website, or contact us at: nrcan.energystarcertificationbuildings.

We are less than two months away from the launch of this highly anticipated program. By now, as an owner or manager of a building, you have hopefully been preparing to participate in this coveted recognition program. Being certified means that your building or facility will stand out among other buildings in Canada in terms of superior energy performance. Not only is saving money good for your bottom line, but it is also good for the environment and building occupants too. Many ENERGY STAR recipients send out media releases celebrating their achievements, and so can you. Still not convinced? Take a look at other examples of how your peers south of the border are engaging their building occupants, cutting operating costs and saving energy.

Benefits of ENERGY STAR Certification


Tens of thousands of commercial and institutional buildings have already been ENERGY STAR certified in the United States, and thousands of Canadian organizations use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® every day to benchmark and track building energy performance. The reasons why are as varied as the players involved.

Connect with customers JC Penney used its ENERGY STAR certification to show its customers its commitment to corporate sustainability goals. It was the first company in North America to receive an ENERGY STAR building certification label for the retail sector, and today more than 600 of its U.S. stores are ENERGY STAR certified.

Increase tenant satisfaction. Bentall Kennedy's Forever Green program shows tenants that management takes energy management seriously, and gives them the tools and support to make their buildings the best they can be.

Lower costs and use the savings elsewhere. By lowering its energy costs, the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, Mississippi, was able to pass the savings on to its customers and to the local community.

Save vital health care dollars. Kingston General Hospital uses its energy savings for front-line clinical care.

Generate higher income and increased value. Beacon Capital owns of one of the most iconic properties in Washington, DC: Terrell Place. By seeking both LEED and ENERGY STAR certification, Terrell Place has lowered its operating costs, and, when it comes time for tenants to sell, the units command higher selling prices than non-certified buildings.

Improve lease and rental rates. According to research by the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, ENERGY STAR certification can increase lease and rental prices by about 3% per square foot, and resale price by as much as 13%.

Reduce GHG emissions. The Staples distribution centre in Maryland reduced its carbon footprint by more than 36%, even while business more than doubled.

Cut emissions, cut costs. New Brunswick's Horizon Health Network, which operates more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices, as well as 12 hospitals, cut GHG emissions by 15,000 tonnes and avoided $4.45 million energy costs in only three years.

Do the right thing. Wise energy use is important to the next generation, and students and staff at Des Moines Public School wanted to do their part. The money they've saved through lower energy costs helps support education and student activities and, as the kids say, "It's the right thing to do!"

And the benefits keep on coming: "Together, we’ve been able to make smart decisions that impact our people, our clients and the environment for the better. We respond to every tenant call and work hard to find the problem and how we can prevent it in the future. We love being in this business!"  – Patricia Poyntz, General Manager, Yonge Corporate Centre

Whatever your building energy performance goals are—whether you want to save energy and costs; lower your carbon footprint; or improve the health, safety and comfort of your employees—ENERGY STAR can help you meet your objectives! Learn more about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and how your buildings can become ENERGY STAR certified.

2016 ENERGY STAR Annual Report

ENERGY STAR Canada marked its 15th anniversary of energy savings in 2016. In celebration, Natural Resources Canada released the ENERGY STAR® in Canada Annual Report, which highlighted the yearly achievements. The program, a voluntary industry-government partnership with more than 1,500 participating organizations, promotes energy efficiency to help Canadians reduce energy waste and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report includes the ongoing success story of leading Canadians to energy efficiency at home, at work and on the road.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The launch of ENERGY STAR Canada Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the creation of the first ENERGY STAR Day in Canada (the fourth Tuesday of October).
  • ENERGY STAR prevented 532,900 tonnes of GHG emissions, the same as taking 190,321 cars off the road for a year.
  • 47 million ENERGY STAR-certified products were sold in 70 product categories.  
  • 16,400 Canadian buildings are having their energy usage benchmarked through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including 185 million square metres of floor space, representing more than one in five buildings.
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager added a sixth building type eligible for an ENERGY STAR score in Canada: senior care communities and residential care communities.
  • More than 7,500 ENERGY STAR-certified new homes were constructed.
  • Energy efficiency improved 25% between 1990 and 2014, and helped Canadians save $38.5 billion.

Read the ENERGY STAR in Canada Annual Report 2016 [PDF - 1.89 MB].

Real Property Institute of Canada

RPIC announces 2017 award winner

At the November 2017 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) National Workshop, NRCan was recognized for its collaboration in an RPIC Award-winning project with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Chilliwack, BC.

RPIC supports the development of high professional standards in the Canadian federal real property community through networking and professional development opportunities and the provision of research and development capacity. Every year RPIC presents several awards to honour innovation and leadership in different aspects of property management, including environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

Buildings represent over 80% of federal emissions and the RPIC Excellence Award for Energy Efficiency of Federal Buildings recognizes the best energy efficiency projects in three categories:

  • Category 1: the greatest reduction of energy consumption in one or several facilities within the federal government
  • Category 2: the office build­ing demonstrating the lowest energy intensity
  • Category 3: the facility, or grouping of facilities from same site, with the best carbon performance (tonnes CO2/square meter (m2) and tonnes CO2 / Gigajoule (GJ)).

The Excellence Award for Energy Efficiency of Federal Buildings (Category 1) was awarded to the RCMP’s Pacific Regional Training Centre Energy (PRTC) Performance Management Service Project, which realized carbon emission reductions of 293.7 tonnes/year and energy savings of $156,000/year through 11 major initiatives. The PRTC is a campus of 26 buildings, some of which were built in the 1980s but many are more than 50 years-old. As a campus, it presented several energy efficiency challenges, but as one of the RCMP’s biggest energy users it also represented a significant opportunity to reduce emissions and save money.

Through collaboration with NRCan’s Greening Government Services (GGS), the RCMP established an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Siemens Canada, a contract whereby the company proposes, finances, guarantees and undertakes energy retrofits, subsequently repaid through energy savings. NRCan’s GGS provides guidance, expertise and other support such as GGS’s model documents (e.g. EPC and Request for Proposal), including the procurement of an expert technical consultant to act in the interests of the RCMP.

For the full description of all RPIC’s awards, visit www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/awards/real-property-rp-awards/rp-award-categories and for a description of other award-winning projects, see www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/awards/real-property-rp-awards/rp-award-winners

NRCan’s Greening Government Services (GSS) has the knowledge and expertise to assist federal government organizations in achieving their carbon reduction goals for buildings and fleets, and the GGS should be contacted as early in the planning process as possible. This summer, RPIC will be accepting nominations for the annual awards, so watch for your opportunity to submit a nomination



The ENERGY SUMMIT 2018 conference brings together Canada’s energy efficiency experts to grow momentum for your business. Energy management is crucial to maximize profitability and combat climate change. This conference offers customer connections that will give you the power to save. Learn about best practices like energy benchmarking, and realistic, turnkey solutions to help your organization thrive in today’s competitive environment.

Along with the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) present Canada’s leading forum on energy efficiency. Through this industry-government partnership, we have developed an engaging program featuring:

  • Inspiring keynote speakers;
  • Solutions-based technical sessions;
  • Facility tours to showcase leading edge technologies;
  • Professional development workshops; and
  • CIPEC Leadership Awards to recognize Canada’s industry leaders in energy management.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

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