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Heads Up CIPEC Newsletter - January 2014

Heads Up CIPEC Newsletter

January 2014 Vol. XVIII, No. 1

Andy Mahut brings wealth of experience to CIPEC Executive Board as new Chair

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Andy Mahut, Manager of Energy Practices for U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and Chair of the CIPEC Executive Board

The CIPEC Executive Board welcomes Andy Mahut as its incoming Chair. Mr. Mahut, who holds the position of Manager of Energy Practices for U.S. Steel Canada Inc., brings with him an extensive and impressive history of industry and energy management experience. He was Chair of the Canadian Steel Producers Association Energy Subcommittee and has held other positions in the steel industry including Manager of Business Process Reengineering and System Integration and Corporate Representative for Government Relations. He is currently a member of the Canadian Advisory Council for the ISO 50000 series of specifications. Mr. Mahut’s new role as chair is a logical extension of his long-standing involvement with CIPEC where he has served as Chair for the CIPEC Steel Sector Task Force and has been a long-term member of CIPEC’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Mahut has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Toronto, and holds the designation of Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Don’t miss out on the early bird special for Energy Summit 2014

Energy Summit 2014: Where Efficiency Meets Profitability, Canada’s premier industrial energy event, is not to be missed. With its incredible line-up of energy experts and industry leaders and with an early bird special of only $395 (regular $695) now in effect for all CIPEC Leaders, attendance at the summit is an even more attractive.

The Summit, taking place on May 14 and 15 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, will offer participants an unmatched opportunity to share best practices, network and learn about the latest innovations in industrial energy efficiency, featuring topics such as energy management, the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard and emerging technologies, as well as case studies and success stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in solutions-based workshops, panel sessions and plant tours.

The early bird special rate includes full access to all plenary sessions, workshops, plant tours and energy showcase/trade show, and attendance at the CIPEC Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. This limited time offer ends February 22, so don’t delay and register today!

For more information on the Summit and the conference program please visit

Reminder – Deadline to submit nominations for the CIPEC Leadership Awards is March 3

Applicants have until March 3 to submit nominations for the CIPEC Leadership Awards, which will be presented at Energy Summit 2014 in Niagara Falls (more information on the conference will follow). Industrial companies, students and graduates that have completed an energy efficiency project or initiative between June 1, 2011 and March 3, 2014, are now eligible to apply for this prestigious award.

Since their inception in 2005, the CIPEC Leadership Awards have showcased the outstanding achievements of CIPEC companies that have distinguished themselves in their work to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Since 2011, the CIPEC Leadership Awards have also honoured post-secondary students and graduates whose projects or initiatives demonstrate energy efficiency improvements in industrial settings or applications.

Winning a CIPEC Leadership Award has numerous perks. In addition to presenting an award to recipients, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will recognize all winners in the CIPEC Annual Report and national news releases. Recipients will also be featured in CIPEC’s newsletter, Heads Up CIPEC, which is delivered to more than 10 000 industry and government officials.

The CIPEC Leadership Awards comprise the following six categories:

Corporate Stewardship Award – recognizes companies that promote energy efficiency at the corporate level, such as the creation and engagement of an energy management team, the development of a corporate energy management plan or policy, or the implementation of a formalized management system.

Process and Technology Improvement Award – recognizes companies that reduce energy intensity in an industrial process by improving procedures and equipment such as refrigeration or compressed air systems.

Energy Performance Management Award – recognizes companies that improve their energy performance through enhancements to their monitoring, measuring and reporting processes relating to facility- or company-wide energy consumption.

Employee Awareness and Training Award – recognizes companies that raise employee awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and promote best practices through knowledge exchange.

Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award – recognizes companies that improve energy efficiency at a facility- or company-wide level through a range of initiatives as a result of an integrated strategy.

Future Leaders Award – recognizes individuals who are studying or who have recently graduated and have completed a project (theoretical or applied) that advances industrial energy efficiency in Canada.

All nominated energy efficiency projects or initiatives will be evaluated by a panel of judges against the following criteria:

  • Energy performance – reduction in energy use per unit of production
  • Innovation – ingenuity and creativity in the use of an improved or novel idea, method, or process
  • Potential for broad application – transferability to other companies or industry sectors
  • Environmental contribution – reduction in GHG emissions and improvement in environmental sustainability

To be considered for an award, facilities or companies must be registered with Natural Resources Canada as a CIPEC Leader. Future Leaders Award nominees must be energy-related practitioners who are either enrolled in an academic institution or have recently graduated (up to five years) and who have completed research or a project pertaining to energy efficiency in the industrial sector.

All projects nominated for the 2014 CIPEC Leadership Awards must have been completed between June 1, 2011, and March 3, 2014. The deadline for submitting completed nominations to CIPEC at Natural Resources Canada is March 3, 2014.

For more information, contact the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Fax: 613-992-3161


To download the application form requirements, visit

CIPEC Webinar: Optimization of Combustion Systems

Date: February 26 in English, March 25 in French
Time: 14:00 AST/ 13:00 EST/ 12:00 CST/ 11:00 MST/ 10:00 PST
Location: Online, delivered through your web browser
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

Companies from a wide range of industries can benefit from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – such as automotive, aerospace, foundry, machinery and mining. CFD simulates fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object. The ability to predict the impact of such flows can be time consuming and costly without some form of simulation tool.

Learn how you can optimize the use of the CFD modelling tool to achieve major efficiency gains in furnace and process applications and find out how St. Marys Cement applied CFD in their operations.


  1. Introduction
  2. CFD Overview & Benefits
  3. Case Study – St. Marys Cement
  4. Overview of NRCan’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Study financial assistance
  5. Conclusion and Q&A

To register or to receive more information please contact Francis Charette at or 613-996-7744 

Priority will be given to CIPEC Leaders. For more information about becoming a CIPEC Leader, click here

Point of Clarification – Process integration workshop

Please note that the upcoming process integration workshop to be held in Calgary, originally scheduled for February 25 to 27, will now be held on March 18 to 20. This three-day training session is designed to help engineers and professionals broaden their technical knowledge and use tools to evaluate heat recovery projects. For more information, contact Richard Janecky, Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Office of Energy Efficiency, at 613-944-6739, cel. 613-808-4002, or via e-mail at

BC Passive House expands to new manufacturing site

BC Passive House will be Canada’s first manufacturing plant to prefabricate a panelized system that meets the rigorous Passive House Standard. The Passive House (PH) Standard is a European concept and an international performance-based building standard that defines the total annual amount of energy that can be used for heating and cooling a structure and for primary energy use.

The construction company’s expansion with a new manufacturing plant in Pemberton, British Columbia will mark a ramping up in the production of its prefabricated, energy-efficient buildings. This expansion was made possible through a $1.4 million contribution from NRCan’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, and is a strong example of the benefits and opportunities that can be achieved when two of the department’s goals – supporting energy efficiency and forest sector innovation – come together.

The company, originally a wood construction enterprise, branched into energy efficient building after its involvement with Canada’s first Passivhaus, which was prefabricated in Austria and assembled in Whistler for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Matheo Durfeld, President of BC Passive House, explains that the Passivhaus concept sets out specific rules for energy efficiency. “The rules are very stringent but achievable; they provide a very energy efficient formula to follow. And, as the Passivhaus approach includes the prefabrication of parts of the building, this saves significant amounts of labour and materials, and helps us gain manufacturing efficiency.”

Passivhaus buildings can reduce energy consumption by 80 to 90 percent. There are about 900 buildings certified to the Passivhaus standard worldwide, and another 32 000 that are Passivhaus-type, with the largest number being located in Germany and Austria.

The first five Passivhaus buildings were manufactured at the company’s existing plant in Williams Lake, British Columbia. The new 1487 square-metre facility in Pemberton is designed to accommodate increased production. “There is a lot of interest in this type of construction,” says Durfeld, who already has two confirmed orders with others in the works.

While the Pemberton facility is not built to Passive House standards, it does have a number of energy efficient features. For example, in-floor heating has been incorporated to reduce heating costs. Glazed vertical windows in the roof of the building allow for the entrance of natural light thus reducing the need for lighting.

Additionally, just as with Passive House construction, the plant is largely constructed from engineered wood products, which is a very efficient use of wood, says Durfeld. “We also plan to use our waste wood as fuel for space heating.” 

FleetSmart's Fuel Management Workshops and Driver Training Programs continue to help companies save on fuel

Since 2009, over 6800 fleet managers and drivers across Canada have participated in FleetSmart’s free workshops and training programs, courtesy of funding provided by Natural Resources Canada. Hundreds of companies are now saving money on fuel and enjoying increased road safety records as a result.

Glen Perkins, Director, Safety and Compliance, Kriska Transportation says, “Kriska is so impressed with the SmartDriver for Highway Trucking program that we provided the training to over 400 professional drivers during the winter of 2012 and continue to deliver the training to all new company drivers. I was really impressed with how the program ties fuel economy with defensive driving. This program is interactive, practical and our drivers have really bought into it.”

It is little wonder that FleetSmart’s workshops and training sessions are so popular; not only are they free, but the training is provided on-site and scheduling is flexible enough to meet the unique operational requirements of host organizations. Last year alone, there were 174 sessions across Canada hosting nearly 3300 participants. Demand for training is generally highest between October and March.

There are still significant savings to be made; many companies, fleet managers and drivers have not yet had a chance to benefit from these free in-house training sessions that continue to be offered up to March 31, 2014. That is where Bronson Consulting Group comes in. Bronson assists Natural Resources Canada in promoting and managing FleetSmart’s Training Program. “The ideal approach, for a company or organization embarking on fuel reduction would be to start by hosting a Fuel Management 101 workshop for company management and then to consider SmartDriver training for its professional drivers,” recommends Stacey MacDonald of Bronson Consulting Group. If all drivers cannot be trained at once, she suggests that companies hold train-the-trainer sessions to build in-house training capacity.

In September 2013, English and French webinars, organized and delivered by Bronson, were met with unprecedented interest from industry. The webinars provided an overview of FleetSmart’s free Fuel Management 101 (FM101) workshops and SmartDriver training. Participants also heard from respected industry organizations that have included FleetSmart training programs as an important part of their fuel use and fleet emissions reductions strategies. Work is now underway to reach out to all webinar participants in hopes of supporting their own in-house fuel management strategies through the delivery of a range of free training programs and workshops.

For more information on the training programs or to obtain a link to the Introduction to Fuel Management 101 webinar, please phone 613-253-1086 or contact

New Quebec incentive programs target greenhouse gas reduction and energy conservation projects

“ÉcoPerformance and Technoclimat are both tailored to meet the needs and expectations of all organizations that promote greenhouse gas reduction and energy conservation,” says Nicolas Laflamme, Program Manager, Bureau de l'efficacité et de l'innovation énergétiques (BEIE) at Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.

Launched less than six months ago, ÉcoPerformance and Technoclimat are part of Quebec’s 2013–2020 Climate Change Action Plan (2020 CCAP), which is designed to bring about greenhouse gas reduction through energy use reduction and innovation. Technoclimat targets the development and demonstration of innovative GHG emission reduction technologies, while ÉcoPerformance focuses on the promotion of existing, proven technologies that reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. Both programs are intended for the industrial, institutional and commercial sectors and combine several previously existing initiatives. The goal of the ÉcoPerformance program is to reduce GHG emissions by about 1.5 million tonnes.

Under the ÉcoPerformance program (in French only), studies can be funded up to 50 percent, or a maximum of $100,000 per site for small to medium energy consumers, or $300,000 per study for consumers of 36 000 gigajoules (GJ) or more of non-electrical energy annually. The implementation of energy management systems is also funded at 50 percent to a maximum of $275,000 per site. Program participants are required to implement an energy and GHG reduction policy and must designate an energy manager. Additionally, the program finances projects that aim to reduce energy use or to convert to lower GHG-emitting energy sources by providing funding of up 75 percent or a maximum of $5 million, per application for $10 million per site annually.  

Laflamme notes that the Technoclimat program (in French only) funds eligible projects at 50 percent to a maximum of $100,000, $3 million and $25,000 for research and development, demonstration and measurement, respectively. “Projects must demonstrate GHG reduction, be innovative, and show good market potential.” Additionally, successful projects must be implemented within 36 months of an application.

Additionally, Laflamme points out that projects focusing on the conversion of fossil fuel energy to renewable energy sources were very popular in the past. As a result, the Quebec government has relaunched its Programme de biomasse forestière résiduelle (in French only) that funds the conversion of residual forest resources into an energy source for different industrial, institutional and commercial sectors.

“Both ÉcoPerformance and Technoclimat are already in high demand, just as their predecessors were,” says Laflamme. He notes that after a year without such programs, a backlog of applications has already developed. “The old programs were very much appreciated, and we anticipate that the newly released initiatives will be even more popular, especially for the large industrial users of oil, natural gas and propane such as the mining and forestry industries”.

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops – Winter and spring schedule

Energy Monitoring
Date: February 22
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS)
Date: March 22
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College


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