You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
With annual energy costs for Canada’s commercial building sector amounting to $17.6 billion and lighting, heating and cooling of buildings representing 50-60% of annual greenhouse gas emissions, there is much room for improvement in the energy and environmental performance of buildings in Canada.
From 2008 to 2013, the CaGBC undertook research, development and piloting of a national building performance database and benchmarking platform. This program has been concluded, but the knowledge and data gained through GREEN UP will be shared wherever possible. Please contact us if you would like further information.
Building performance measurement enables building owners and real estate managers to set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and take steps to improve the operational and environmental performance of their portfolio. Not only do energy efficient buildings have lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint, but buildings with superior energy efficiency attract higher occupancy levels, lease rates and valuations.
There are many tools and services available for measuring energy and water consumption. Ongoing performance measurement and reporting of energy and water use is an integral part of LEED EB:O&M. Since its launch in 2010, LEED EB:O&M has been rapidly adopted and is successfully transforming the commercial office sector with a total of 349 registered and certified buildings across Canada, representing over 18 million square meters.
In July 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) released a Canadian version of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool.
Portfolio Manager is a free, interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
Portfolio Manager has the ability to generate weather normalized and non-weather normalized energy use intensity values, greenhouse gas emission metrics, as well as a percentile energy performance score for eligible building types. As of this date, K-12 schools and commercial office buildings in Canada will receive Canadian specific 1-100 ENERGY STAR energy performance scores.
- Establishes a baseline energy performance and energy performance goals
- Track multiple buildings in one portfolio
- Easy user interface for data entry
- Helps prioritize future investments
- Automated information sharing about your facilities with a property manager or service provider
- Canadian version now features:
- Provincial GHG emission factors
- Local climate data available by postal code
- Canadian source-site energy factors
- Metric units
- Bilingual interface
- Performance scale is based on a newer (2009) reference building dataset
For additional information:
Energy benchmarking page (main page for NRCAN resources including FAQs)
ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager™ Access Page