BOMA Canada has announced the launch of the Net Zero Challenge.
The new initiative recognizes buildings that have achieved outstanding energy performance, have drastically improved their performance, or have demonstrated leadership through the implementation of innovative strategies that support efficiency and clean energy production.
“The Net Zero Challenge is about celebrating action, thought-leadership and innovation within Canada,” said Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO at BOMA Canada. “It recognizes the very highest performers – both people and organizations – that are propelling a low-carbon, wholly sustainable commercial real estate industry.”
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), buildings consume 40% of global energy, making greenhouse gas emissions the most material environmental impact within the industry.
Through the Net Zero Challenge, BOMA wishes to recognize and reward buildings that have dug deep and invested in initiatives that lead to ultra-high energy performance, as well as those that can be wholly supplied by renewable energy. The organization said this will help Canada achieve the energy and carbon objectives set out in the Pan‐Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
“Energy efficiency is one way any Canadian can get involved in taking real action to support our move to a cleaner, greener future,” explained Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr. “Canada is proud to recognize BOMA Canada’s role in showcasing leadership and innovation in net-zero energy construction and building management as we continue the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
“Net zero energy buildings are becoming more attainable and there are a number of exciting initiatives happening right now,” added John Smiciklas, BOMA Canada’s Director, Energy and Environment. “The Net Zero Challenge provides an opportunity to share and encourage a significant shift in the industry.”
BOMA Canada is now accepting its first Net Zero Challenge applications in three award categories: Best in Class, Most Improved and Innovation. Applications will remain open until July 16, 2018. Winners will be announced October 3, 2018 at the BOMA Canada National Awards Gala held during BOMEX 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, October 1-3, 2018.