- Energy reporting: Building owners submit whole building utility data and property characteristics to the City of Edmonton.
- Benchmarking: Buildings are compared to similar buildings in order to determine relative performance.
- Disclosure: Building owners make all or some of the benchmarking results and building data public. This can take on many forms.
About the Program
The City is developing a program for reporting and disclosure of large building energy consumption. It is aimed at large commercial, light industrial, municipal, institutional, mixed-use, and multi-unit residential buildings. The goal is to collect information on large building energy performance and provide it to interested stakeholders. This program improves energy efficiency because benchmarking provides building owners and managers with an easy-to-understand measure of their building’s performance and allows them to see where they stand compared to similar buildings. This information can inform changes to building operation that can result in significant energy savings.
Starting in spring 2017, building owners will be invited to participate in a pilot program where they can choose to report on their energy and water usage for 2016. Some City owned buildings will also participate, to make the pilot project more robust and to lead by example. The objective is to increase the number of buildings participating in the program until nearly all large buildings within Edmonton are participating annually.
The Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure program is a critical element of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and the City’s strategic objective to mitigate energy use in buildings.
- To address an information gap in building energy use in Edmonton’s building stock. Current data on energy use within buildings is not available at a building level for Edmonton. Generating reliable data across Edmonton’s buildings through an energy reporting program will address this critical market information gap and can inform energy efficiency programming.
- To understand the variability in building energy performance. Research shows that buildings of the same type can vary greatly in energy use intensity, demonstrating the inherent value of benchmarking. For example, the City of Boston found that the most energy-intensive buildings reported ten times more energy use per square foot than the least energy-intensive buildings, despite buildings being the same type/function.
- To support building owners to reduce energy. Benchmarking allows building owners to compare their building's energy use against its own past performance and the performance of similar buildings. This motivates building owners to improve their energy efficiency, stimulated by the information-action feedback loop facilitating continuous assessment and improvement.
There are many benefits to successful implementation of this program, including triple bottom line benefits resulting from significant carbon emissions reductions. Other benefits include:
- Increasing accountability for energy use and providing recognition for industry leaders
- Supporting enhanced economic activity through the investment in energy efficiency
- Increasing access to building energy performance enabling informed choices, leading to a transformation in the market to value energy efficiency
- Policymakers, utilities and academics can use data to inform design of policies and programs
- Stimulating competition among building owners/managers to achieve energy savings
- Building capacity within the local building industry to develop skills, personnel, and expertise in energy efficiency.
- City of Boston’s Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance
- New York City’s Greener, Greater Building Plan
- City of Portland’s Energy Performance Reporting Policy for Commercial Buildings
- City of Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking & Reporting Ordinances
- Government of Ontario’s Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking
Participate in Stakeholder Consultation
The City is developing a Large Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure program to support the early adoption of energy reporting and transparency in Edmonton. All stakeholders involved in Edmonton’s large buildings are invited to participate in stakeholder workshops taking place in early 2017. Generally, large buildings is defined as any commercial, industrial, institutional, multi-family residential or post-secondary building larger than 20,000 square feet. Diverse opinions, perspectives and expertise will be explored and feedback collected will inform critical elements of program design and implementation.
The voluntary pilot program will build industry capacity, community awareness and energy literacy, and assist Edmonton’s large buildings in transitioning to the mandatory building energy labeling program announced by the Federal Government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
If you are an owner or property manager responsible for one or more large buildings within Edmonton, please contact Lisa Dockman to sign up for the stakeholder consultation workshops.
Sign up for the Pilot Program
Large building owners and property managers in Edmonton are invited to participate in a pilot project where buildings can choose to report on their energy and water usage for 2016. Recruitment for the pilot program will begin in spring 2017. To learn more, sign up to receive emails.