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Energy Benchmarking and Rating System for Buildings

Provincial and territorial energy ministers have approved a work plan for a Canadian energy benchmarking system for commercial and institutional buildings. The system allows comparison of their building to other similar facilities in their region or across Canada. The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) has been working under the guidance of participating provinces, territories and other key stakeholders to develop this system.

Progress to Date

The OEE has:

  • Hosted four stakeholder meetings on building energy labelling between March 2006 and March 2007;
  • Conducted an on-line survey in summer 2007 with 1400 respondents (14 percent of those surveyed);
  • Hosted stakeholder meetings on a potential benchmarking and rating system in October 2007 and February 2009;
  • Coordinated building benchmarking pilots in the following provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. The participants will receive draft labels that identify the energy intensity of their buildings.
  • Issued more than 300 EnerGuide labels for buildings to pilot project participants.

Proposed System

The key features of the system are:

  • The process will be objective, simple and transparent;
  • It will include all sources of energy, represented as a percentile rating;
  • The data will be normalized for weather and occupancy;
  • The system will be modeled on the Portfolio Manager tool developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its ENERGY STAR® program;
  • The system will include benchmarks, and will provide a comparison of buildings by type (e.g. office, school, etc.);
  • The system will include an online data collection tool that will generate a rating, as well as protected reference and program databases;
  • There will be no cost to use the system. Some costs may apply if the building owner wishes to have the data validated by a professional.

The OEE is also consulting with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) who offer LEED® Canada, and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Canada) who offer BOMA BESt to maximize harmonization with their sustainable building certification programs. The system is scheduled to be launched in 2012/2013.

For More Information or Documents

If you have questions, or would like to obtain copies of the consultation reports or the Executive Summary of the survey, contact OEE Buildings.

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