ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada

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If you are like most of the Canadian public, you already know that when you see the blue ENERGY STAR, it means you’ll save energy and money without any sacrifices in performance. ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings is now available in Canada.

The mark of efficiency

ENERGY STAR logo

No matter where you see it, the ENERGY STAR label means the same thing — an energy-efficient top performer that saves money without sacrificing performance.

How to earn the ENERGY STAR for your building

Certain commercial and institutional buildings can now earn NRCan’s ENERGY STAR and can display the ENERGY STAR symbol. Canadians will now be able to easily identify energy-efficient buildings that are top performers. ENERGY STAR-certified commercial and institutional buildings meet strict energy performance standards set by NRCan. They use less energy, are less expensive to operate, and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.

Currently, seven building types are eligible to apply for certification: K-12 schools, commercial offices, hospitals, supermarkets and food stores, medical offices, senior care communities and residential care facilities, and ice/curling rinks. If your building type is not currently eligible for a score, Natural Resources Canada will be developing new scores on a progressive basis, and your building type could be next.

To qualify for ENERGY STAR certification, your building will need to earn a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score of at least 75 and meet certain other eligibility criteria. Your application will also need to be verified by a licensed professional.

Steps to apply for ENERGY STAR certification

Register
Register for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Benchmark your data
Benchmark your building with at least 12 consecutive months of metered energy data
Run a data quality check
Run a data quality check in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to make sure your data is accurate. Look for energy-saving opportunities you can take advantage of to improve the energy efficiency of your building.
Have a score of 75 or higher?
Your building will need to earn a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score of at least 75 or higher and meet certain other eligibility criteria.
Verify your application
Your application will also need to be verified by a licensed professional to confirm that the information provided in the application is accurate before it is submitted to NRCan. Visit The Canadian Licensed Professional’s Guide to ENERGY STAR certification for more information.

Ready to apply for ENERGY STAR certification?

ENERGY STAR certification applications are completed through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Eligible properties will have a link to apply at the top of the screen. For a step-by-step guide, visit our page on How to apply for ENERGY STAR certification in Canada.

Show off your success!

Registry of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in Canada

Visit the Registry of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings to find a list of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in Canada.

Have a question?

Consult our ENERGY STAR benchmarking - Frequently Asked Questions page.

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If you have specific questions regarding ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada, please contact nrcan.energystarcertificationbuildings.rncan@canada.ca.
For all other questions and inquiries, please contact info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.


In Canada, the ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.