ENERGY STAR® Certification Launches for Canadian Commercial Buildings

by Katie Lee

Ottawa — For the first time, ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, has challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of this new tool to demonstrate their commitment to green growth and to be the first to apply to earn their certification.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a resource that building owners and managers can use to help manage energy consumption. Thousands are already doing their part for a low-carbon future using this Government of Canada, free, online energy-benchmarking tool to transform their buildings into greener, more energy-efficient spaces.

Beginning on March 26, 2018, the Government of Canada began recognizing commercial and institutional buildings that demonstrate exceptional energy performance with ENERGY STAR’s mark of superior energy efficiency. The program is expanding to encourage and recognize energy efficiency leaders in the building sector for their exceptional energy performance, corporate management and environmental stewardship.

In addition, the first buildings to be certified will receive additional recognition beyond the ENERGY STAR acknowledgement. The “Who Will Be the First?” challenge runs until April 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, reduce costs and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than non-certified buildings. They often see higher rental and occupancy rates and greater engagement with clients and their communities.

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SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada

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