New Nova Scotia energy benchmarking pilot to help building owners manage energy and water consumption

Halifax, NS – June 16, 2020 – Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), today launched the Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program to help building owners improve building efficiency.

The pilot, funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners and operators’ efforts to reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The Program, which plans to enrol 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three, will help improve building energy efficiency and contribute to significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction by providing owners with information about their building.

By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money.

Building owners, managers and investors will be encouraged use the pilot program to help set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and facilitate accreditation in Canadian green building programs.

“We are building the net-zero economy. More energy efficiency reduces pollution, saves money, stimulates innovation, and supports good paying jobs.” — The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Canada

“We are pleased to encourage energy benchmarking to commercial and institutional organizations in Nova Scotia. These organizations will have the opportunity to learn more about their building’s energy consumption and to be able to compare their energy performance with its past performance and with others in the sector.” — Minister Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines

“Benchmarking is the first step in improving building performance. We have developed this pilot to help Nova Scotia building owners understand where the opportunities for energy efficiency are and to take advantage of programs we have developed to assist them.” — Stephen MacDonald, CEO, EfficiencyOne.

“We know benchmarking is a significant driver of cost savings for buildings and businesses alike. Our members, including many building owners, are champions of benchmarking and data transparency for the betterment of the industry as a whole.” — Lara Ryan, Regional Manager, CaGBC


For more information:

Janet Tobin, Communications Lead
Efficiency Nova Scotia

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy, improve the quality of life for all Canadians and conduct innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies. NRCan also represents Canada at the international level to meet the country's global commitments related to the sustainable development of natural resources.

EfficiencyOne is a leader in the design and delivery of resource efficiency programs and services for homes, businesses, and large industrial customers. To date, EfficiencyOne, operating in Nova Scotia as Efficiency Nova Scotia, has helped over 400,000 program participants and achieved more than $1 billion in energy savings, avoiding nearly 1 million tonnes of CO2 annually.