Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - September

Volume 5, Issue 9


The deadline for 2018 ENERGY STAR® certification applications for commercial/institutional buildings is November 15, 2018.  If your building receives a score of 75 or higher, it may be eligible for ENERGY STAR® certification. We look forward to receiving you application soon.

Celebrate ENERGY STAR day on October 23!


The purpose of ENERGY STAR Day is to raise awareness of the important role that energy efficiency plays in helping Canadians combat climate change; and to celebrate the great strides our participants, stakeholders and citizens have made together in saving energy. If there’s one day to sing the praises of the role that ENERGY STAR plays in Canada’s energy efficiency efforts, it’s this one.

Join in the conversation on Twitter - @ENERGYSTAR_CAN or Facebook - @ENERGYSTARCanada using the hashtag #ENERGYSTARCanada.

Ambioner certifies with ENERGY STAR®

Ambioner is an engineering firm specializing in electromechanical design in the building sector, as well as in energy efficiency. Since its founding in 2009, Ambioner has focused on sustainable development. It offers innovative and reliable approaches to reduce the ecological footprint of buildings, mainly by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For example, Ambioner has carried out numerous projects involving geothermal energy, heat recovery, thermal storage, biomass, cogeneration, and many other green technologies. It’s no surprise that Ambioner’s headquarters reflects its commitment to energy efficiency. We congratulate Ambioner on receiving 2018 ENERGY STAR® certification with an impressive ENERGY STAR® score of 93!

Ambioner’s award-winning headquarters in Quebec boasts other impressive numbers. By their measurements, the new 11,000 sq. ft. building (built in 2014) has achieved:

  • Savings based on simulations of $ 7,424 annually
  • Simulated energy performance index (PEI) of 0.63 GJ / m2. PEI measured in 2015 of 0.58 GJ / m2 which represents the same occupancy rate as in the simulation
  • 50% reduction in water consumption. Annually, this represents an annual saving of nearly 410,000 liters of water.
  • 21% recycled materials

To achieve these results, Ambioner implemented many strategies to achieve a high level of energy performance: solar wall, heat pump, natural ventilation offered by windows, LED lighting that varies automatically according to the natural light level, rainwater recovery system, and retention ponds. Ambioner has also put in place a policy that aims to limit the use of paper as much as possible. For what needs to be printed, the company only uses 100% recycled paper. Lastly, Ambioner set up an internal sustainable development committee in 2017 to ensure the sustainability of its global approach.

As Canada continues to transition into a low-carbon economy, we look forward to sharing more success stories like Ambioner’s.  Apply for ENERGY STAR® certification today and tell us how your organization has committed to energy efficiency.

Financial assistance to help implement ISO 50001

"ISO 50001 is an internationally recognized voluntary standard that gives organizations a structured framework to manage energy and develop an Energy Management System (EnMS). The rigour of the standard ensures that it will produce positive results through a process of continuous improvement.

Remarkable opportunities are now available for organizations looking to implement ISO 50001 in their commercial and institutional buildings, or industrial facilities. NRCan provides cost-shared financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000 per building or facility. Moreover, this financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources where available.

Why implement ISO 50001? Canadian companies that have implemented ISO 50001 have improved their energy performance on average nearly 10% within 2 years1, resulting in annual savings of $2 million for a large company2. Research shows that energy management systems can ultimately save up to 30% of total energy use in industry and up to 40% in commercial buildings (According to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Working Group).

To be eligible for NRCan’s financial assistance for ISO 50001 implementation projects, commercial and institutional buildings must be using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, and the proposal must accepted by NRCan before any work begins.

Visit our website to learn more about the ISO 50001 financial assistance program. Email nrcan.buildings-batiments.rncan@canada.ca with your questions or to request a project proposal template today.

1: Data source, energy use and production: CIPEC database, 2016.
2: ISO 50001 Case Study: Chrysler Brampton, Natural Resources Canada, 2015.

Funding for Labelling and Disclosure projects

Energy benchmarking, labelling and disclosure are key components of Canada’s Buildings Strategy, which outlines how Canada’s building sector will meet our commitment to the  Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. NRCan is pleased to provide this support to aid Canada’s transition to a greener low-carbon economy.

NRCan is now providing financial assistance to support energy labelling and disclosure initiatives for the commercial and institutional buildings sector.  Provinces, territories, municipalities and key stakeholders have the opportunity to benefit.

What is labelling and disclosure? An energy label is a rating that indicates a building’s energy performance benchmarked against similar buildings. Disclosure involves the reporting of the energy performance to jurisdictions or to the public.

In order to be eligible for funding, your project must:

  • Increase awareness of and capacity to adopt energy efficient practices and/or policies leading to labelling and disclosure and improved energy performance in the sector
  • Accelerate the adoption of energy management practices, specifically benchmarking with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and labelling and disclosure programs

NRCan’s priority is to support provinces, territories, and municipalities implementing labelling and disclosure and other stakeholders within those jurisdictions.

Funding is limited and only available until 2021, so take advantage of this opportunity quickly. Assemble your project proposal today. For more information, please contact nrcan.buildings-batiments.rncan@canada.ca.

NRCan assesses project proposals prior to any funding approval. Project costs cannot be incurred prior to signing a contribution agreement. The decision to approve any proposal is at the sole discretion of NRCan.

Energy and GHG Management E-Learning

NRCan’s Greening Government Services (NRCan-GGS) recently published its first Energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) Management e-training modules on NRCan YouTube! In an effort to assist federal clients achieve the ambitious targets set under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the Greening Government Strategy. These e-learning modules will help you better understand and manage the energy and greenhouse gas emissions of your buildings.

Implementing Deep Retrofits – A Whole Building Approach (60 min)
This module fosters competency in developing retrofit solutions that demonstrate integrated, holistic, and synergistic approaches to energy-efficient retrofits. The goal is to yield higher performance results than are achieved with standard, individual, and routine energy conservation measures.

Energy Efficiency Expert Evaluations (E4s) (40 min)
This module will describe a step-by-step method to conduct an "energy efficiency expert evaluation"—a customized process to meet site-specific energy goals. This approach combines the most effective features of an energy audit and retro-commissioning, while avoiding the limitations of each.

Operations, Maintenance and Commissioning (45 min)
This module provides an overview of operations and maintenance best practices with a focus on corrective, preventive, and predictive infrastructure requirements and commissioning for existing buildings.

Reducing Your Utility Bill: Demand Response and Site-Based Load Management (25 min)
This module will provide information and best practices about cost saving opportunities from demand response and site-based load management. These cost-saving strategies are largely underutilized by the federal government and can often save 10% or more on a site’s electricity bill.

We want to acknowledge the generous collaboration from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), who offered its e-learning modules to NRCan, and allowed us to customize the content for a Canadian audience.

For more information and training opportunities, please visit our website or contact us at: nrcan.greeninggovernment-gouvernementvert.rncan@canada.ca.

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