Conservation

energy management paybacks

Canadian Property Management

Ontario stalls energy management paybacks

A temporary adjustment to Ontario’s electricity pricing scheme eliminates cost-saving opportunities that many operators of large commercial buildings were anticipating this summer.
Public disclosure of energy use and GHG intensity holds little appeal for building owners concerned about uninformed scrutiny

Canadian Property Management

Public disclosure could foil energy reporting

The City of Winnipeg has invited commercial building owners and institutional facility managers to affix their Energy Star Portfolio Manager results on a publicly accessible map.
Proposal for mandatory airtightness testing withdrawn from pending 2020 version of National Energy Code

Canadian Property Management

Canada wavers on airtightness testing

The timing might have been opportune for uptake of the measure — provided it was adopted into provincial and territorial building codes — because it would have applied broadly in what is currently Canada’s most buoyant commercial real estate sector.
COVID-19 repercussions driving up global adjustment costs for commercial electricity customers

Canadian Property Management

COVID-19 incubates global adjustment 2021-22

For Class A consumers, cost-saving potential will be diminished even if they successfully curtail demand during the five peak hours since those peaks are expected to be lower than usual.
fossil-fuel-fired generators tumble offline during global COVID-19 outbreak

REMI Network

Fossil-fuel-fired generators tumble offline

Renewable energy advocates see opportunities to accelerate 2019 trends, when, for the first time ever, low-carbon options surpassed coal as a source of electricity.
Ontario to offset electricity costs with fixed rate for global adjustment in April, May and June

Canadian Property Management

Ontario to temporarily offset electricity costs

Commercial and industrial electricity customers will pay the differential above 11.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in added monthly increments beginning in January 2021.
Ontario electricity prices hold steady despite dropping demand

Canadian Property Management

Ontario electricity prices flout sliding demand

Despite a steep drop in province-wide energy consumption due to COVID-19 triggered business shutdowns, many building owners/managers expect a more modest flow-through dip in operating costs.
digital Earth Day 2020 focuses on individual actions for collective change

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Individual actions drive digital Earth Day 2020

This year’s 50th anniversary event is already in progress, in homes and online, as organizers launched 22 days of daily challenges for promoting climate change resilience on April 1.
energy demand load shifts to residential sector

Canadian Property Management

Energy demand load shifts to residential base

The energy demand load has shifted in sync with much of Ontario’s workforce from commercial to home offices, prompting calls for suspension of time-of-use pricing during the current COVID-19 related upheaval
More rigorous energy performance standards for windows and doors proposed

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Windows and doors in the net-zero frame

A wider selection of high-performance windows and doors is expected to hit the market as Canada's National Energy Code continues to push the envelope toward net-zero-energy-ready development.
Nine Canadian municipalities piloted the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark

Canadian Property Management

Indicators map way for smart energy communities

Five indicators gauge local capacity to plan and manage energy systems, and five others measure tangible outcomes in land use, energy networks, water and waste services, transportation and the building stock
environmental approvals

CondoBusiness

Friendlier CHP environmental approvals welcome

It's still unclear how the process of securing environmental approvals for combined heat and power systems will be streamlined, but the Ontario government's recent pledge has been greeted enthusiastically in the buildings sector.
energy efficiency programs

Canadian Property Management

Alberta won’t rescue energy efficiency programs

The move concludes the process begun five months ago when the newly elected United Conservative Party government repealed the carbon tax and eliminated the funding source for the incentives.
energy-saving achievements

Canadian Property Management

Cresting a year of energy-saving achievements

Commercial real estate industry trailblazers (CREST) were recognized, as participants in Toronto's race2reduce continue to pursue a target to collectively reduce energy consumption by 10 per cent compared to 2017 usage.
climate action

Canadian Property Management

Energy efficiency primed for climate action

Few signatories to the Paris Agreement have specifically listed energy efficiency targets in required national plans for meeting their commitments so Three Percent Club founders see plenty of room to capture untapped emissions reductions.
Alberta energy efficiency programs

Canadian Property Management

Alberta energy efficiency programs in question

Ontario draws on the legacy of more than a dozen years of programming, while Energy Efficiency Alberta has had little time to capture public or capital planners' attention.
Ontario to offset electricity costs with fixed rate for global adjustment in April, May and June

Canadian Property Management

Nova Scotia to dim focus on lighting incentives

With the largest share of relatively inexpensive lighting upgrades completed, finding additional energy savings gets more complicated and costly. However, significant paybacks are projected from the increase in upfront program costs.