Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - Volume 4, Issue 5

Volume 4, Issue 5

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  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Updates
  • Canadian ENERGY STAR certification for buildings
  • New resources and more!

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Snapshots are coming!

Ever wondered how many buildings are registered in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager? Are you aware of the energy benchmarking trends within your province or territory? Soon you will be able to find out all sorts of valuable data through our new series of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Snapshots. The Snapshots will provide you with up-to-date statistics on the buildings entered into Portfolio Manager. Stay tuned!

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Edmonton’s LEED-certified Rogers Place sets the bar high for new sports facilities

Rogers Place will soon have the honour of being the first NHL venue in Canada to be LEED Silver certified. The 93,000-m2 arena is part of a new 25-acre mixed-use development site in Edmonton, and officially opened in September 2016. Thanks to its many sustainable features and programs, Rogers Place sets the bar high for new sports facilities.

Rogers Place

Mike McFaul, assistant general manager of facility operations at Rogers Place and a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance, has been planning some of the waste management, green cleaning and energy use initiatives that would contribute to the building’s LEED certification since before it even opened. He also acknowledges the advantages of working with a building that was designed for efficiency from day one.

For example, Rogers Place has low-flow, efficient water fixtures, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, and motion sensors. A LEED green cleaning program is already in place, and other programs, such as a sustainable procurement policy and lighting and HVAC scheduling to match occupancy, are in the works.

The facility also has a robust waste management strategy that started during construction. Almost 90 percent of construction debris was recycled, and nearly 20 percent of all construction materials came from recycled and/or local materials or contained recycled content. Now that the facility is up and running, its recycling and composting efforts have already enabled it to hit and exceed its 90 percent landfill diversion target.

For McFaul, investing in sustainable options makes good economic sense: “Hauling organic materials to a compost facility is less expensive than sending it to landfill. Consuming less energy is less expensive; green cleaning programs cost no more than the alternative.”

The facility’s downtown location also helped in its bid for LEED certification, because it promotes the use of the city’s public transit system as well as active transport such as walking and cycling. A sustainability committee is being organized to develop and oversee future environmental initiatives to make sure that the building’s performance is maintained or improved over time.

McFaul notes that “we have a unique opportunity and, perhaps, a social responsibility to do those things. It’s not only good for business, but it actually enhanced our brands, we engaged better with communities and it opened doors to new markets.”

Similar sports venues and municipally-owned or run ice/curling rinks can implement some of the features found at Rogers Place by retrofitting their facilities with LED lighting, motion sensors and efficient water fixtures. Arenas can go further by energy benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to identify additional and ongoing energy saving opportunities. To enable these facilities to become even more energy efficient, NRCan will be launching a new score for ice and curling rinks in the fall of 2017.

With this launch, ice and curling rinks will become the seventh building type to be eligible for a Canadian ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score. The score will help with energy management, which is critical for these facilities, given the high energy demands of creating and maintaining ice surfaces. With the new score, managers will have the opportunity to better understand their facility’s energy performance and find the tools to improve it.

Facility managers who are aiming for LEED certification and/or other environmental recognition or those planning new building construction should consider efficient building design and modelling and best practices for new buildings. Resources offered on the energy efficiency for new buildings page will also support new sustainable construction.

For more information on the sustainability features of Rogers Place and its LEED Silver certification, read the following articles: Rogers Place scores green, sets stadium standard and First LEED-Silver NHL facility in Canada.

To stay up to date with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, visit: What’s new with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

The countless benefits of energy benchmarking

Investments in well-built, zero or nearly-zero energy buildings will generate long-term economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadians. The time to invest in energy-efficient buildings is now, with easy-to-use tools and resources to help building owners and managers readily accessible.

Money stacks with green leaves

Energy efficiency stimulates the economy. According to research, for every $1 million invested in energy efficiency, $3 to 4 million is generated in economic growth. Energy-efficient buildings are more comfortable and healthier for occupants, thanks to better air quality and reduced mold and drafts. This results in lower vacancies, increased resale value, higher tenant retention, and greater portfolio value.

NRCan has been promoting these and other benefits of energy-efficient buildings for decades and, since 2006, has consulted with building sector stakeholders to develop a national energy benchmarking initiative to accelerate the adoption of energy benchmarking across the buildings sector.

Now, more than 10 years later, numerous sectors are using the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager launched in 2013, which makes energy benchmarking now easy for the buildings industry. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is Canada’s standard benchmarking tool and is based on national statistics that allow for comparison and scoring of buildings compared to others.

It is never too late to improve energy efficiency, and energy benchmarking is an easy way to improve the energy efficiency of new buildings and existing ones. Energy benchmarking and energy audits enable building owners and managers to identify underperforming buildings, inefficient equipment and other energy efficiency issues. Once issues have been identified, priorities and goals can be set to increase energy performance and reduce overall energy costs.

In addition to cutting costs, companies that embark on energy benchmarking will be at the forefront of new energy-efficient technologies and will stay up to date with changing energy regulations. Start benchmarking now with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and reap these and many other benefits.

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BC Hydro: Benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager gets even easier

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Energy benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is already user friendly. But now, BC Hydro’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web services, which connects directly to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, are making it even easier for eligible customers to access their energy consumption data. These services enable BC Hydro to automatically upload customers’ electricity usage data every month, making benchmarking effortless for building owners and managers. BC Hydro is now the second Canadian utility to offer web services, following Manitoba Hydro.

BC Hydro’s web services interface directly with Portfolio Manager, enabling customers to access the benefits of energy benchmarking quickly. Once customers have set up their Portfolio Manager accounts and entered their property and meter information, they can connect with BC Hydro’s web services. From there, users select which properties and meters they want to share for data exchange, and their electricity use data will be available within 24 hours. In addition to regular monthly uploads, BC Hydro will also add up to three years of an organization’s past electricity use data.

Would you like to benefit from automatic uploads via web services? Ask your utility to consider offering Portfolio Manager web services.

In 2016, Manitoba Hydro became the first Canadian utility to offer web services to help organizations on their energy efficiency journey with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. In January 2017, it also launched its Race to Reduce challenge, the first Canadian building energy challenge to offer participants the added benefit of uploading their utility data automatically into Portfolio Manager via web services

Other utilities and energy management service providers that would like to implement web services can visit Data exchange with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web services or contact info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca for more information.

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