Conservation

Passive House philosophy

REMI Network

Quest to capture Passive House philosophy

The winning effort will be incorporated into a planned year of active messaging on the theme that energy efficiency is the foremost step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Upfront costs pose barrier for low-income householders to tap into energy retrofit incentives

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Upfront costs hinder access to energy savings

More than 110 industry associations, building service/product providers and public advocacy and community development groups are voicing support for no-cost incentives targeted specifically to low-income households.
Ontario endorses competitive mechanisms to trim the price-point of energy efficiency spending

Canadian Property Management

Ontario to stretch energy efficiency spending

A new slate of conservation and demand management (CDM) programs allocates $456 million for commercial, institutional and industrial consumers over the four-year period from 2021-24.
Provinces offer few energy efficiency programs for low-income households

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Low-income households foiled on energy savings

Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are the top spenders to alleviate energy cost pressures on low-income households among Canadian provinces.
2020 scorecard provides impetus for interprovincial energy efficiency rivalry

Canadian Property Management

Scorecard stokes energy efficiency rivalry

Efficiency Canada’s second annual provincial scorecard takes a detailed look at commitment, outcomes and potential related to 42 energy efficiency indicators, and charts progress, or backsliding, against last year’s results.
CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

Canadian Property Management

CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

While teams are still focused on an electricity-saving target, the race2reduce, sponsored by BOMA Toronto, has now expanded its mandate to include water, gas, solid waste and overarching climate leadership.
New ASHRAE headquarters intended to demonstrate achievable energy performance in older existing buildings

Canadian Property Management

ASHRAE unveils energy performance role model

The newly renovated and retrofitted 42-year-old office building is intended to embody the global society’s mandate to advance human well-being through sustainable technology in the built environment.
BOMA Toronto's race2reduce aligns with climate capitalism

Canadian Property Management

Real estate makes space for climate capitalism

The 2020 race2reduce field boasts more than 1,730 buildings encompassing 248 million square feet of space in common areas and tenant premises — an increase from 650 buildings covering 95 million square feet in 2019.
energy retrofits

Canadian Property Management

Feds to invest $2 billion in energy retrofits

A promised $2 billion investment in large-scale building retrofits will be central to the Canadian government’s job creation ambitions. Energy efficiency champions have plenty of ideas of how and where the funds could be best leveraged.
NRCan offers funds to implement ISO 50001 energy management standard in commercial and institutional buildings

Canadian Property Management

NRCan to fund commercial uptake of ISO 50001

Natural Resources Canada is offering subsidies to implement the ISO 50001 energy management systems standard in commercial and institutional buildings.
Nunavut undertakes low-carbon energy management project

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Nunavut undertakes low-carbon energy project

A $27-million joint Canada-Nunavut investment will underwrite retrofit measures and renewable energy installations in 45 government buildings in six communities throughout the South Baffin region
Ontario consults on next conservation framework, due to begin in January 2021

Canadian Property Management

Ontario consults on next conservation framework

Residential consumption is identified as a primary concern and opportunity for the 2021-24 period, along with a continued emphasis on reducing system-wide peak demand
U.S. Department of Energy continues to delay required updates of energy efficiency standards

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U.S. energy efficiency standards languishing

Potential litigants filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue, urging U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to move forward with reviews and/or amendments of standards related to 25 categories of consumer, commercial and industrial products.
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.