Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency - Volume 5, Issue 12

Volume 5, Issue 11

Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990-2015

Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990-2015 is now available in digital format online.

The “Trends” is an annual publication that provides detailed estimates for the measure of energy efficiency, final demand energy use and corresponding GHG emissions for the Canadian economy by sector.  It is a companion document to the National Energy Use Database.  Traditionally, this publication has been available in PDF format.  However, in support of the Department’s digital initiative, the publication is now available in digital format.  

Some key highlights over the 1990 to 2015 period:

  • Energy efficiency improved 26.5%, saving 1,766.1 PJ or $38.2 billion in energy and avoiding 94.8 Mt of GHG emissions.
  • Secondary energy use (final energy demand) in Canada increased 30%. It would have increased 55% without energy efficiency improvements.
  • Canada’s energy intensity per unit of GDP improved 27.5%

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Webinar – March 2019 Tool Updates

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to advise that there is a scheduled update of the Canadian adaptation of the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool planned for March 31, 2019. This update will include increased weather station coverage across Canada and the introduction of enhanced dashboard customization features. Also in this update, and forming a part of NRCan’s ongoing effort to ensure up-to-date energy performance data comparability for those building types that can generate the popular ENERGY STAR® Score metric, is the release of an updated ENERGY STAR® Score model for K-12 Schools in Canada and the release of a new ENERGY STAR Score model for Warehouses in Canada. The release of these scores will provide a better comparability of the energy performance of your K-12 School or Warehouse building to the current national building stock.

Watch the webinar for details of this Portfolio Manager update and what they mean for your buildings. Stream from the following links:

In English

In French

Introducing a new ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager 1-100 Score for Warehouses in Canada - March 31, 2019

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is excited to announce that, as a part of our ongoing effort to ensure the most up-to-date energy performance data comparability, we will be introducing a new ENERGY STAR® Score model for Warehouses in Canada in the March 31, 2019 update of the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. The release of this new metric will provide meaningful comparability of the energy performance of your Warehouse building to similar, and current, national Warehouse building stock.

Join us for a timely webinar on the details about the upcoming release of the ENERGY STAR® Score for Warehouses and what it can mean for your buildings.

Stream from the following links:

In English

In French

Blueprint to a greener rink with the Arena Guide Canada

No other country in the world has more ice rinks than Canada. While we are lucky to enjoy many modern facilities all across the country, we also have to face the sad reality that the majority are still very inefficient in their energy consumption. Statistics Canada estimated that in 2014, arenas in Canada consumed 17.2 Million gigajoules (GJ) of energy, the equivalent of burning 2.9 million barrels of oil.

Ice arenas fully optimized with today’s available technologies could cut up to 60% of their current energy usage. Arena Guide’s Go Green framework for rinks assembles comprehensive information for arena operators on how to improve facility performance. They have developed a systematic approach and tool to provide a simple yet comprehensive roadmap to reduce emissions from the facility.

The Arena Guide’s Go Green framework consists of nine categories, featuring 55 ideas and suggestions to lower an arena’s footprint. Reducing the carbon footprint and operational costs of a facility with these measures helps keep hockey, figure skating, curling and other ice sports affordable.

While many best practices are operational and/or easy to incorporate such as controlling the arena lights by staff, other measures require novel solutions and significant capital investment such as upgrading to LED lighting. Arena Guide’s supplier directory and overview of available funding sources can help with capital costs of new solutions.

Arena Guide’s ambition is to build a community around the Go Green Framework and encourage arena operators to share their experience while greening their facility. The Arena Guide Canada and the Go Green Framework are initiatives by SWiCH Services Inc., but the guide is technology agnostic. Only the supplier directory highlights specific technologies.

SWiCH’s introduction of REALice technology to Canada enables ice arenas to use unheated water for resurfacing the ice. Not heating the water used for resurfacing saves a remarkable amount of energy. Likely, the most prominent arena in Canada using this technology is Rogers Arena in Vancouver, flooding their ice at much lower temperatures than before and getting fantastic ice quality rating by the officials.

Benchmark your facility’s energy use with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and earn ENERGY STAR certification for your rink’s superior efficiency.

BOMA Canada Launches 2019 Net Zero Challenge

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) is excited to announce year 2 of the Net Zero Challenge, supported by Natural Resources Canada and sponsored by Bullfrog Power. The Net Zero Challenge continues to recognize buildings that have achieved outstanding energy performance, have drastically improved their performance, or have demonstrated leadership through the implementation of replicable and innovative strategies that support efficiency and clean energy production.

As existing buildings and the businesses within them currently use 40% of global energy, net zero buildings are one of the key solutions to a carbon neutral world. BOMA Canada is excited to build on last year’s success and continue to recognize and celebrate forward thinking individuals, organizations and buildings that are investing in initiatives that lead to exceptional energy and/or carbon performance, as well as those that can be wholly supplied by renewable energy.

“As we move towards a zero carbon economy,” says Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO of BOMA Canada, “we continue to see new technology, innovative ideas and simple hard work driving our entire industry forward.  The Net Zero Challenge is a key element in reaching something that we can only imagine today, but that will be increasingly within reach tomorrow: a world where net zero buildings are commonplace.”

BOMA Canada already offers the BOMA BEST program, Canada’s largest environmental assessment and certification program for existing buildings, with nearly 3,000 buildings certified. BOMA BEST supports building owners in the sustainable operations of their assets, while the Net Zero Challenge is an evolution of the organization’s environmental commitment.

“Energy efficiency provides benefits for our buildings, homes, neighbourhoods, environment, and wallets,” says the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Our government is supporting initiatives like BOMA Canada’s Net Zero Challenge to build a cleaner future for our kids, create jobs for Canadians and support our climate change goals.”

“Net zero energy buildings are the future of the industry and the future is right now,” says John Smiciklas, BOMA Canada’s Director, Energy and Environment. “The uptake of the Net Zero Challenge tells us we are headed in right direction.”

“We are excited to see continued innovation in renewable, efficient energy programs for buildings all across Canada,” says Sean Drygas, President, Bullfrog Power. “For this reason, Bullfrog Power is proud to support BOMA Canada's Net Zero Challenge.”

The deadline for new entries in BOMA Canada’s 2019 Net Zero Challenge is July 15, 2019 in all three award categories: Best in Class, Most Improved and Innovation. Winners will be announced on September 11, 2019 at the BOMA Canada National Awards Gala held during BOMEX 2019 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, September 9-11, 2019. 

Go to http://bomacanada.ca/awards/netzerochallenge to learn more.

Funding opportunities

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals.

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy labelling and disclosure projects for the commercial and institutional buildings sector. NRCan’s priority is to support provinces, territories, and municipalities implementing labelling and disclosure and other stakeholders within those jurisdictions.

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.

Email nrcan.buildings-batiments.rncan@canada.ca with your questions or to request a project proposal template.

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

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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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