The Disclosure Challenge

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)’s Disclosure Challenge initiative, champions the importance of data transparency in the Canadian real estate market and encourages the development and adoption of benchmarking programs across the country.

The challenge includes some of the largest building owners in Canada, who are voluntarily sharing their building performance data for the benefit of the whole industry.

The Disclosure Challenge demonstrate the power and market potential of sharing data in an interactive and coordinated way. When collected and shared, building performance information becomes a powerful dataset that can drive significant emissions reductions, energy efficiencies and cost savings. However, these improvements are only made possible when access to reliable building performance data is provided to owners, occupants, and legislators.

 
 
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Participants

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Data Visualization Tool

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Why data transparency is important

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Case Studies



A public commitment to data transparency

QuadReal Property Group, Triovest Realty Advisors Inc., Concert Properties Ltd., Colliers International and the Minto Group volunteered to participate in the Disclosure Challenge and share their portfolio-wide energy, water and carbon data through the Energy Star Portfolio Manager™ platform. These organizations have been fully transparent with all their available building data, which demonstrates a commitment to responsible management of their assets and, ultimately, to energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The CaGBC Disclosure Challenge was made possible through financial contributions from the Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada). Additional support was provided by QuadReal and the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

 

 

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See Building Data at Work

The participants’ data is publicly available within the CaGBC Disclosure Challenge data visualization tool—which uses the Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform™ (SEED Platform) to display the building performance data in an interactive map connected to energy-use tracking data sources.

There are hundreds of buildings in the tool, from office and retail spaces, to multi-family residential and industrial-type buildings. The data is spread across the country from Victoria to Halifax, and includes buildings in Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Lloydminster, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Vancouver.

 

 

 

Data Visualization Tool

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Why data transparency is important

Tenants, investors and the public are increasingly requesting information about sustainability commitments, including the actions taken and results achieved. Voluntarily disclosing energy, water and carbon data from the buildings that we live, work and play in, demonstrates that data transparency is a core value of your sustainability strategy.

Tracking a building’s performance and publicly disclosing the data is not new. Many European countries and U.S. states and cities require building energy disclosure and benchmarking. However, public energy disclosure is in its infancy in Canada, with only Ontario currently requiring public reporting of building energy data.

With the Disclosure Challenge initiative, CaGBC demonstrates the value of data transparency and removes barriers to enable more municipal and provincial jurisdictions to move forward with the public reporting of building performance data.

 



Case Studies


Quadreal Property Group
777 Hornby St

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Quadreal Property Group
Westmount Corporate Campus

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Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.
ATCO Centre

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Interested in joining the Disclosure Challenge?

Please email disclosurechallenge@cagbc.org and start sharing your data.

 

 

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