Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency

Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 2017)

 A year in review!

2017: A year in review!

It has been a year abounding with energy efficiency activities at NRCan’s Buildings and Industry Division. We released a new ENERGY STAR score and worked hard to support a host of new benchmarking and energy efficiency initiatives launched by some of our key stakeholders. Here are some of the highlights:

New 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for ice/curling rinks

Last fall, ice/curling rinks became the seventh building type to be eligible for a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score in Canada. Ice/curling rinks operate for many hours a day, seven days a week, and can have a variety of different uses. Creating and maintaining high calibre ice/curling rink surfaces is particularly important for facility owners and managers, who are always looking for ways to reduce their utility costs. The new score allows facilities to better understand their relative energy performance and encourages them to improve upon it.

For more information on the new score, visit Energy benchmarking for ice/curling rinks.

Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots

Have you ever wondered how many buildings are benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager? Now you can find out by reading our series of Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots! Launched this fall, the series provides you with data about the commercial and institutional buildings sector entered into Portfolio Manager. These snapshots are a valuable source of information for policy development, reference, research and planning, and more.

For more information, visit Energy Benchmarking Data Snapshots.

Second annual ENERGY STAR Day

On October 24, 2017, NRCan celebrated the second annual ENERGY STAR Day, the purpose of which 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.

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

To view Minister Carr’s video, please visit: Happy ENERGY STAR Day 2017 Canada!

National High-Performance Building Challenge

Natural Resources Canada is pleased that the National High-Performance Building Challenge initiative is being implemented by BOMA Canada as a new award program. BOMA Canada will be accepting its first applicants in early 2018. This new addition to BOMA Canada’s suite of annual building awards will recognize the leadership of owners, developers, designers and/or managers of buildings that demonstrate significant progress along the path toward net‐zero energy.  Awards will be presented in three categories: Best In Class/Net Zero Award, Most Improved Buildings and an Innovation Award.

NRCan is proud to financially support this important initiative and encourages interested organizations to contact BOMA Canada directly via their website for more information, including application details.


FortisBC becomes the third Canadian utility to offer Portfolio Manager Web Services

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

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

Once customers have set up their Portfolio Manager accounts and have entered their property and meter information, they can connect with FortisBC’s web services and access their data seamlessly. Once connected, users select which properties and meters they want to share for data exchange, and their natural gas data will be available within one to two business days. In addition to regular monthly uploads, FortisBC will also add up to three years of an organization’s past natural gas use data.

Other utilities and energy management service providers that would like to implement web services can visit our website or contact info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca for more information.

For more information about Portfolio Manager web services, visit: 

Energy consumption survey for multi-unit residential buildings

NRCan has contracted with a consulting firm to conduct an energy consumption survey for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) to close a data gap that currently exists. The survey results will be used to develop an additional building type to add to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool.  

The survey will be conducted in the following eight cities:  Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa/Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver and the survey will collect factual data on building characteristics and energy consumption for the calendar year 2017. The survey will be out for collection from May to August 2018.

Your participation is important! If you receive a request to participate in the survey, please share your building’s data and help us improve knowledge related to energy efficiency in the MURBs sector.

For further information on the survey, please contact Kathy Jackson Fong, Survey Manager, at kathy-ann.jacksonfong@canada.ca or at 343-292-6331.

Calendar of events and other important dates

Portfolio Manager Webinars

ENERGY STAR Certification – Licensed Professional Training
January 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EST

ENERGY STAR Certification – Policy Launch & How-to
January 30, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EST


May 30-31, 2018 / Universal Eventspace, Vaughan, ON

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