Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - Volume 4, Issue 10

Volume 4, Issue 10

Coming soon! ENERGY STAR certification

You asked for it; we are bringing it! NRCan is hard at work adapting the ENERGY STAR certification process for use in Canada.

Updated scoring model for commercial office buildings

A number of other significant updates to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager are planned for spring 2018. These include new source energy factors and an updated scoring model for commercial office buildings.

Build your knowledge with our new series of Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots!

Have you ever wondered how many buildings are benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager? You can now find out by reading our new series of Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots.The series is intended to provide you with data about the commercial and institutional buildings sector entered into Portfolio Manager.

The Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots provide insight on the following areas:

  • Buildings registered in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Benchmarking by province and territory
  • Benchmarking by city
  • Energy use distribution
  • Distribution of buildings
  • Energy use profiles

These snapshots will be a valuable source of information for policy development, reference, research and planning, and more.

This document will provide insight on Canadian building energy data entered into the tool. Download your copy of Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots for Canadian Buildings [PDF – 884 KB] today to find out more!

Minister Carr helps us celebrate Canada’s second annual ENERGY STAR Day!

ENERGY STAR in Canada celebrated the second annual ENERGY STAR Day on October 24, 2017. 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 have made.

We have much to be proud of looking back on 2017, including recognizing some of you with ENERGY STAR Awards, and launching the ENERGY STAR for Industry certification program and the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. Our program expansion demonstrates the willingness of Canadian businesses and organizations across the country to drive the transition to a low-carbon, clean-growth economy. We look forward to continued successes for ENERGY STAR in Canada in 2018.

Minister Carr

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, wishes everyone a happy ENERGY STAR Day, in celebration of Canada’s most popular energy efficiency program

To view the full video, please visit: Happy ENERGY STAR Day 2017 Canada!


Through hard work, collaborative spirit, and dedication to energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR program continues to grow and expand in Canada. Learn about more about some of the most recent accomplishments, including:

  • ENERGY STAR for Industry certification, launched in August 2017, will improve energy efficiency in Canada's industrial sector by helping facilities track, analyze and reduce their energy consumption. Top performers will be ENERGY STAR certified. Building on this, the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry was announced earlier this month, and will recognize facilities that reduce their energy intensity by 10 percent or more within five years.
  • ENERGY STAR Benchmarking for Commercial and Institutional Buildings has 16,400 Canadian buildings benchmarking their energy usage through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including 185 million square metres of floor space, representing more than one in five buildings. This will provide great momentum as the team prepares for an exciting announcement in early 2018.
  • In 2016, more than 7,500 ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes were constructed, providing Canadian families with an easy, whole-home solution to energy efficiency.  
  • Six new products joined the ENERGY STAR for Products family: commercial boilers, commercial coffee makers, electric vehicle chargers, laboratory-grade fridges and freezers, large network equipment, and smart thermostats. A remarkable 47 million ENERGY STAR-certified products were sold across 70 product types last year.  
  • Our ENERGY STAR social media feeds continue to gather steam, with a combined followership of 20,000 in English and 1,500 in French. If you’re not following us yet, check us out on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget to celebrate with us next year!

Don’t miss the Real Property Institute of Canada National Workshop 2017!

The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) will hold its National Workshop November 14–16, 2017, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa under the theme “Canada’s Real Property – Beyond 150.” 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. The workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest on government policy, industry trends, innovation and technology of interest to the real property community. Session streams include:

  • Horizontal Collaboration/Clustering
  • Greening Government Operations/Clean Technology
  • Infrastructure Update
  • Security/Emergency Preparedness
  • Social Obligations

You won’t want to miss the keynote speaker Jeremy Rifkin, well known American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

On November 14, a professional development day will consist of several informative sessions on timely subjects, including:

Natural Resources Canada’s Buildings and Industry Division organized a session titled “Industry Leadership: Driving Towards Net Zero.” The session will feature presentations by five private sector experts in the field of net zero buildings, including EllisDon Global Director Andrew Bowerbank (“The Carbon Impact Initiative”) and BASF President Marcelo Lu (“Material and Technologies Supporting Net Zero”).

More information is available on the RPIC website.

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Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency is published by Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency and distributed monthly to 16,000 subscribers. Our goal is to deliver meaningful news and information about programs, services and events related to energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings and, as well, to share the success stories of organizations that have benefited from positive change. Help us spread the word by sending this link to your colleagues. We encourage you to subscribe to our sister publication that focuses on energy efficiency in industrial facilities, Heads Up CIPEC.

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