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In order to lessen the effects of climate change, the City developed a program to support Edmonton’s large buildings in their efforts to reduce energy consumption. Building energy benchmarking and transparency programs improve energy efficiency by providing interested stakeholders with information about their building’s energy performance which lays the foundation for significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions. The program will also help building owners and operators 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 City wants to engage up to 300 large building owners in Edmonton to report on their building’s energy performance. In return, the City will offer a suite of financial and non-financial incentives, including educational workshops, an awards and recognition program and a rebate of up to $1,500 for the buildings to undergo energy audits.

Read the program summary and learn about the benefits of participating.

How To Get Involved

The program is targeted to large building owners and operators in Edmonton. Large buildings are typically those over 20,000 square feet. Anyone can register their building for the program, however the building owner must consent to participate.

To participate in the program, complete a Building Registration and Consent Form. For more information you can read the detailed Participation Guide.

What The Program Includes

The City of Edmonton's program for the benchmarking, reporting and disclosure of large building energy consumption, launched in 2017, includes:

  1. Energy reporting: Building owners submit whole building utility data and property characteristics to the City of Edmonton.
  2. Benchmarking: Buildings are compared to similar buildings  in order to determine relative performance.
  3. Disclosure: Building owners make all or some of the benchmarking results and building data public. This can take on many forms.

For details, please read the program summary.

The goal of the program is to collect information on large building energy performance and provide it to interested stakeholders, in order to improve energy efficiency and significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions in large buildings. This approach has been successful in other jurisdictions.

What The Process Includes
  1. Read the Participation Guide.

  2. Submit City of Edmonton Building Registration Form and Consent Form.

  3. Create an account in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

  4. Set up a building profile in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

  5. Collect whole building utility data (electricity & natural gas).

  6. Enter utility data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account.

  7. Receive an emailed data request from the City of Edmonton to share individual buildings data.

  8. Receive a disclosure report with the aggregate data.

Benefits To Participants
  • Gain access to financial incentives for a building energy audit

  • Gain access to City-hosted energy management training and tenant education campaigns including workshops, resources and toolkits

  • Receive regular, targeted updates on new Albertan energy efficiency programs and incentives

  • Be prepared for future Provincial and Federal regulation of energy use in buildings

  • Be recognized as a leader through a City hosted recognition and awards program

  • Communicate the energy performance of your building through a recognized label

  • Understand your relative performance and gain access to benchmarked data (for your and other buildings)

Benefits Of Disclosure
  • Increases accountability for energy use and recognition for industry leaders
  • Supports enhanced economic activity through the investment in energy efficiency
  • Increases access to building energy performance enabling informed choices, leading to a transformation in the market to value energy efficiency
  • Informs design of policies and programs for policymakers, utilities and academics through access to data
  • Stimulates competition among building owners/managers to achieve energy savings
  • Builds capacity within the local building industry to develop skills, personnel, and expertise in energy efficiency

Information Sessions and Benchmarking Workshops

Anyone is welcome to attend program information sessions and workshops in the Spring and Summer 2017.

  • Information Sessions will provide background on the initiative, share details about the pilot program design and highlight the benefits of participation
  • Benchmarking Workshops will provide one-on-one support to registered participants  for the data collection and submission processes

Register to attend an information session or benchmarking workshop.

Take Action

For More Information

Lisa Dockman

Title Energy Transition Project Manager
TTY 780-442-0883

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