Building energy use surveys

Natural Resources Canada relies on a number of building energy use surveys to support program and policy development to increase the energy efficiency of the Canadian commercial and institutional buildings sector. Read on to learn about some of these surveys.

Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use

The Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use (SCIEU) combines the goals of two previous energy-use surveys: the Commercial and Institutional Consumption of Energy Survey and the Commercial and Institutional Building Energy Use Survey. It is intended to produce statistical estimates of energy use and establish baseline energy consumption figures to support energy efficiency policy and program development. The data also forms the basis of the 1-100 performance scores used in Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian adaptation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking system.

The first SCIEU was conducted in 2010, collecting data for calendar year 2009 and addressing energy use in both establishments and buildings. The following SCIEU reports are available to the public:

NEW Survey

Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use 2014

We are now working to update our data set through a new survey. An overview of the survey results, featuring energy use information for calendar year 2014, is available now on Statistics Canada's website. A full report will be published here at a later date.

The results of this survey will be used by utilities, as well as provincial and federal governments, to develop programs and policies that will improve the energy efficiency of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada. This includes updated ENERGY STAR performance scores for some building types, and new scores for building types not currently eligible. Industry associations, building managers and business owners will have up-to-date data on similar buildings with which to compare their own energy consumption. And energy specialists and consumers will be able to learn more about buildings' consumption patterns.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency, for all the latest details and for updates on the status of the survey. For more information, please contact us at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Energy consumption in Canadian arenas

Natural Resources Canada has been working with Statistics Canada since the fall of 2015 to collect information on energy consumption in Canadian arenas. An overview of the results is available now on Statistics Canada’s website, with a full report to be published here later.

This information will be used to produce statistical estimates of energy use and establish baseline energy consumption figures for Canadian arenas, in order to support energy efficiency policy and program development. Data collected could be used to support the possible development of a 1-100 ENERGY STAR energy benchmarking performance score for arenas in Canada.

For more information: subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency or contact us at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.