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. Striving for better existing building performance, CaGBC’sGREEN UP program includes a national database and information system designed to improve the energy and environmental performance of buildings in Canada.
Download the GREEN UP Information Sheet (PDF)
Download the GREEN UP presentation “Energy Benchmarking: Managing Costs, Reducing Emissions and Increasing Property Values” (PDF)
With GREEN UP®, building owners and real estate managers can measure energy and water use, compare with peers, set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and take steps to improve the operational and environmental performance of their portfolio. The program provides cost-effective access to a national database that will include building performance data for office, multi-family, long-term healthcare, hotel, retail, K-12 school, and government buildings.
Green buildings with superior energy efficiency attract higher occupancy levels, lease rates and valuations. Energy efficient buildings have lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint.
GREEN UP now includes powerful visualization tools that help you consolidate, analyze, and benchmark building performance across your portfolio. It can also help you target and track sustainability projects. Value-added services will be offered in the future to help clients prepare their raw data and customize GREEN UP reports for their organization.
Improving competitive advantage is just one reason why more owners and managers are measuring their buildings’ energy use and benchmarking the results through the GREEN UP® program. Other benefits include:
- Managing operating costs
- Improving tenant satisfaction and engagement
- Identifying energy and cost saving opportunities
- Comparing your ENERGY STAR® performance against other buildings across Canada
- Reducing carbon footprints
- Decreasing energy and water usage
How does it work?
Step 1: Measure your real estate portfolio’s energy and water use.
Step 2: Compare your buildings to those of your peers and within your own portfolio.
Step 3: Set building performance targets and implement projects.
Step 4: Track savings from retrofit, operational, and occupant improvement programs.
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