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Basics & Theory

IMT: Case Studies On Valuing Energy Efficiency
Institute for Market Transformation case studies show that careful attention to financial parameters can help a wide range of building owners achieve substantial energy and cost savings without raising rents or product prices to justify efficiency expenditures.
Education & Training

BCIT: Sustainable Energy Management Program
BCIT Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate program is a part-time studies program that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of sustainable energy management principles, approaches, techniques, and tools, in order to be able to function quickly and effectively in the position of energy manager or energy coordinator at their company, building or facility.

BOMA: Building Operators Course In Reducing Energy Use
Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada is offering an online training course to help building operators reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in commercial and institutional buildings. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand basic energy principles, identify energy reduction opportunities, develop strategies and learn how to influence stakeholders to adopt energy savings behaviour.

CIET: Canadian Energy Efficiency Training Programs
Canadian Institute for Energy Training is an energy training centre founded in 1996 that offers a wide range of sustainable energy training programs across Canada. The Institute specialises in high quality energy management and energy efficiency training, as well as certification programs. Energy efficiency is by far the fastest, easiest and most logical way to fight climate change. CIET is therefore proud to have been a leader in this field for 20 years and counting.

NRCan: Guide To Implementing Energy Efficiency Awareness Program
Natural Resources Canada online Guide To Implementing An Energy Efficiency Awareness Program offers a step-by-step approach to designing and implementing energy efficiency awareness campaigns in buildings. (PDF)
Industry Information

Deloitte: 2012 Study On Corporate Energy Management Insights
Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions annual survey reSources 2012 found that ninety percent of companies have set goals on electricity use and energy management practices, businesses are driving efforts to cut energy consumption and plan to cut their energy use nearly 25% over three to four years, and eighty-five percent of respondents view reducing electricity costs as essential to staying financially competitive. (PDF)

Energy Star: 2014 Emerging Themes In Energy Management
When reviewing applications for the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year awards for Energy Management, they noticed 12 major themes that seemed to keep popping up. They describe what the best-of-the-best are doing to enhance their world-class energy programs. (PDF)

LBL: Survey Of US ESCO Industry Growth
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study analyzes current size of the ESCO industry, industry growth projections to 2011, and market trends in order to provide policymakers with a more indepth understanding of energy efficiency activity among private sector firms. (PDF)

NBI: Status Report On Costs & Features Of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings
New Buildings Institute report Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update: A First Look at the Costs and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings gathered information to determine characteristics, costs, and features of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) recently constructed in the United States. The report says that, while in the past NZEBs were primarily small, demonstration buildings, projects are expanding in size and building type. (PDF)

PR Newswire: Prices, Incentives, Image Driving Energy Efficiency
PR Newswire says rising energy prices, government incentives and improved public image are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights as a growing number of building owners race to reduce energy consumption, according to the results of the fifth annual, global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey.

REMI: Real Estate Primed for Low-Carbon Vanguard
REMI Network says real estate and infrastructure top a list of five sectors that prominent Canadian analysts have tagged as the most obvious prospects to deliver returns on investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resilience to climatic extremes.

RMI: Measuring Adoption Of Deep Retrofits
Rocky Mountain Institute's mission is to accelerate the adoption of deep building retrofits that can deliver up to 50 percent in energy savings. They present data on how long will it take for deep energy retrofits to catch on.

UL: Dawn Of Building Performance Era
UL report Dawn Of Building Performance Era says an explosion in the use of sensors and monitors by building owners is making them sensitive to the way their properties are using and managing natural resources. Within 10 years, building crews, owners, scientists and occupants will become increasingly aware that reducing energy and water consumption improves business bottom lines. (PDF)

US DOE: Energy Efficiency Trends In US Residential & Commercial Buildings
US Department of Energy report outlines key drivers in building construction and use and resulting impacts on energy consumption. It then discusses impacts of that energy - particularly fossil-fuel-generated electricity - on carbon released to the atmosphere. Subsequent sections describe building and energy efficiency trends specific to the residential and commercial building sectors. The report ends with a section on policy efforts, such as taxes and regulation, intended to influence building energy use. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

BBP: Better Buildings Partnership In Toronto
Better Buildings Partnership for Existing Buildings involves comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits and building renewal initiatives for all buildings in Toronto, both public and private sector.

EGIA: US Electric & Gas Industries Association
Electric and Gas Industries Association is a US national non-profit energy efficiency and renewable energy contractor association. It serves a network of installation contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to homes and businesses.

Reframed Initiative: Energy & Healthy Retrofits for Multi Family Buildings
Reframed is an initiative of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, the City of Vancouver, and the Pembina Institute. They will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of whole-building retrofit solutions that integrate energy efficiency, decarbonization, seismic safety, and climate adaptation.
Information Sources

BC Hydro: How Business Customers Can Save Energy & Money
BC Hydro offers technical information designed to enhance your energy management expertise, including types of business customers, programs & incentives, energy efficient technologies & tips, tools & resources, understanding your business electricity use, success stories, business energy advisors and a load management demonstration project section.

Better Bricks: US Resource Site On Commercial Building Efficiency
Better Bricks, initiative of the US Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, provides credible and comprehensive information and resources to building professionals on the energy efficient design and operation of commercial buildings.

BOMA BC: Energy & Environmental Information Hub
BOMA BC online Energy & Environmental Information Hub is a place where you can find real world examples of sustainability initiatives and get insight into how these projects were implemented, things to be cautious of, and key elements to ensure your project is successful.

Energy Manager Magazine: Canadian ICI Magazine
Energy Manager Magazine, for Canadian building owners & managers, company owners, engineers and facility managers covers best practices, new ideas, and technologies to control and reduce energy usage and costs.

IMT: Valuing Energy Efficiency Retrofits In Multiple Building Types
Valuing Energy Efficiency is a series of case studies from the Institute for Market Transformation that show building owners how addressing energy efficiency in a wide range of building types, such as smaller mixed-use office buildings, laboratory and educational spaces, affordable housing, and manufacturing spaces, is a critical step to achieving major energy savings.

Leonardo Energy: European Resource Site On Large Building Energy Efficiency
European Leonardo Energy energy efficiency information centre is for designers, building and facility managers and a wide technical audience who wish to improve the energy performance of their processes and installations.

NBI: Getting To Zero Commercial Buildings Database
New Buildings Institute online Getting to Zero Buildings Database provides information about high performance commercial buildings across the United States, Canada, and beyond. It includes information on measured and modeled energy performance, environmental characteristics, design process, finances, and other aspects of each project.

NBI: US Resource Site On Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
New Buildings Institute is a US resource site that assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

NRCan: Energy Efficiency For Buildings
NRCan provides information and resources on energy efficiency in buildings, including new buildings, existing buildings and energy management resources for buildings.

NRCan: Free Newsletter On Energy Efficiency For ICI Buildings
Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency free e-mail newsletter Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency provides information on energy efficiency issues and initiatives in commercial and institutional buildings.

PACEworx News: Commercial Building News & Info
PACEworx News offers information and resources on energy performance and management as it impacts U.S. commercial property. Its goal is to keep commercial real estate professionals and those servicing the commercial real estate industry informed on energy-related issues impacting property and provide a platform to share experiences and learn from each other.
Issues & Performance

ASHRAE 105-2014: Standard To Compare Building Energy Performance
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, supports commonality in reporting the energy performance of existing or proposed buildings to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing and comparing the energy performance of buildings.

ASHRAE: 2019 Revised Version of Energy Standard 90.1
ASHRAE has released an expanded, revised version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It contains more than 100 changes from the 2016 version, including numerous energy-saving measures.

ASHRAE: Purchasable User Manual For Standard 90.1-2016
ASHRAE sells User's Manual For Standard 90.1-2016 that includes guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. $129 USD

ASTM: Standard For Building Energy Performance Assessment
ASTM E2797 -11 Standard Practice for Building Energy Performance Assessment for a Building Involved in a Real Estate Transaction is intended primarily as an approach to conducting a standardized inquiry designed to identify building energy performance in connection with a commercial property involved in a real estate transaction. $55 USD

BC Housing: Energy Consumption & Conservation In Mid & High-Rise Residential Buildings In BC
BC Housing research report Energy Consumption and Conservation in Mid- and High-Rise Residential Buildings in British Columbia reviews and assesses effects of building enclosure improvements on the space conditioning energy use in typical buildings in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, and to develop better strategies that take into account enclosure repairs, energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions. (PDF)

BCBEC: New BC Energy Efficiency Requirements For Large Buildings
BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation by BC Building & Safety Standards Branch describes new energy efficiency requirements for large buildings. (PDF)

BD&C: Can Energy Hogs Still Be Considered Efficient Buildings?
Building Design & Construction says energy hogs can still be considered efficient buildings, as a new tool from an engineering firm takes into account both energy and economic performance of buildings for a true measure of efficiency.

CSA: CAN/CSA-ISO 50001:19 Standard For Energy Management Systems
CAN/CSA-ISO 50001:19 Standard For Energy Management Systems specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.

Energy Star: Benchmarking Shows Energy Savings For Commercial Buildings
US Environmental Protection Agency data analysis examined over 35,000 buildings that from 2008-2011 consistently used the Energy Star Portfolio Manager measurement tool. The buildings showed a 7 percent average savings in energy over three years, with the initial lowest performing buildings making the greatest improvements. (PDF)

IMT: Energy Rating & Disclosure Implementation Report
Institute for Market Transformation online report Building Energy Transparency: A Framework for Implementing Commercial Energy Rating & Disclosure Policy, presents comprehensive review of commercial building energy rating and disclosure policies in the United States, and a blueprint policymakers can use to identify challenges and apply best practices. (PDF)

Integral: Advanced Energy Efficiency Requirements For Commercial Buildings In BC
Integral Group white paper Advanced Energy Efficiency Requirements for Buildings in BC discusses the future of energy regulation and incentives for commercial buildings in BC. It proposes bold targets for the built environment and a new approach to incentivizing and regulating high performance buildings in BC with potential application in other markets. (PDF)

Light House: BC Building Performance Study
Light House report BC Building Performance Study undertaken with the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC examines the energy performance of 281 buildings from across BC, including 147 BOMA BESt certified buildings and 134 non-certified buildings. (PDF)

Light House: Energy Labeling Showdown Between Energy Star & ASHRAE bEQ
Light House worked Vancity and modelled their head office in Vancouver using both Energy Star and ASHRAE bEQ systems. The study determined the differences in requirements for each program, the administrative concerns, and the energy labeling policy context, implications and opportunities.

NBI: Impact Of Design, Operation & Tenant Behavior On Building Energy Performance
New Buildings Institute report Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance found that best practices in building operations can reduce energy use 10% to 20% across all climate zones, but poor operations practices can increase energy use 30% to 60% or more. (PDF)

NIBS: Energy Consumption In Mid & High Rise Residential Buildings
National Institute of Building Sciences online presentation by Graham Finch provides a summary of energy consumption realities in mid and high rise residential buildings. (PDF)

NRCan: 2009 Canadian Commercial & Institutional Consumption Of Energy
Natural Resources Canada presents results of the 2009 Commercial & Institutional Consumption of Energy Survey that collected data on the energy consumption of establishments in the commercial and institutional sector. (PDF)

NRCan: Energy Star for Commercial & Institutional Buildings in Canada
Natural Resources Canada launched Energy Star certification program for commercial and institutional buildings on March 26, 2018.

NREL: Assessing & Reducing Plug & Process Loads In Office Buildings
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Assessing and Reducing Plug and Process Loads in Office Buildings provides an overview of plug and process loads and provides strategies for building owners, occupants, and facility managers to reduce them. (PDF)

REALPAC: 20 By '15 National Energy Consumption Target For Office Buildings`
Real Property Association of Canada 20 by '15 national energy consumption target for office buildings goal is to achieve the target of 20 equivalent kilowatt hours of total energy use per square foot of rentable area per year (20 ekWh/ft(2)/year), in office buildings, by the year 2015.

REALPAC: Energy Benchmarking Report: 2010-2015 For the Canadian Office Sector
REALPAC’s Energy Benchmarking Report: 2010-2015 Results - Performance of the Canadian Office Sector (the “Report”) includes the results of the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 REALPAC Energy Benchmarking Surveys (the “Surveys”). In this Report, all six years of data have been analyzed and compared to provide a comprehensive view of trends and patterns of building energy performance across Canada over time. (PDF)

REW: New International Standard For Energy Management
Renewable Energy World article says energy and sustainability experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken a leadership role in the U.S. contribution to a 36-nation effort aimed at developing an international standard that would bring consistency to energy management systems worldwide.

US DOE: Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative
US Department of Energy program Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative aims to achieve marketable net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025. (PDF)

US EIA: Overview Of Commercial Building Energy Use
US Energy Information Administration 2012 survey found that nearly two-thirds of the energy consumed in commercial buildings is used for heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration. Space heating consumes the most energy, 25 % of the total used. Water heating uses 7 % of the total, cooling uses 9 % and ventilation consumes 10 %, while refrigeration uses another 10 %. The balance of the energy consumption comes from cooking 7%, lighting 10%, computing 6%, office equipment 3% and other 13%.

ASE: Case For Systems Approach To Energy Efficiency
Alliance to Save Energy report Greater than the Sum of its Parts: The Case for a Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency, explores the significant untapped energy savings available through a systems-efficiency approach to building design, construction and operation. The report considers interactions within various building systems, with a focus on mechanical and lighting systems. It also explores interactions among multiple systems within a building, and discusses challenges and opportunities for implementing a systems-level approach to building efficiency. (PDF)

ASHRAE: Building Energy Quotient Portal
ASHRAE's Building EQ Portal provides a quick energy analysis that benchmarks a building's energy performance. Building EQ assists in the preparation of an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit to identify means to improve a building's energy performance including low-cost, no-cost energy efficiency measures and an Indoor Environmental Quality survey with recorded measurements to provide additional information to assess a building's performance.

ASHRAE: Guidance On Implementing Energy Savings Plan For Commercial Buildings
ASHRAE book Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation provides technical guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits and renovations by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30 percent improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes. It features practical means and methods for planning, executing and monitoring an effective program, based on widely available techniques and technologies. $80 USD

ASHRAE: Purchasable Advanced Energy Design Guides
ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a sensible approach to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis. The 50% Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004. the 30% Guides offere a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.

Automated Buildings: Change Engineering Design Process To Get Efficient Buildings
Automated Buildings article says project engineers must be ready to give up the detailed design work with which they are familiar and provide the flexibility, support, and oversight to others so they can ensure ultra-efficient performance is achieved and maintained over time.

Automated Buildings: Technology Can Teach Occupants About Sustainability
Automated Buildings describes how technology can transform a school's building data into usable information, introduced into the learning environment, and carry with it the message of energy conservation and sustainability.

BC BEC: Energy Efficiency Tune-Ups For High Rise BC Residential Buildings
BC Building Envelope Council conference presentation by Graham Finch of RDH Building Engineering provides a summary of a mid- to highrise multi-unit residential building energy study, measured energy savings from full building enclosure rehabilitations, and strategies to retrofit and improve the energy efficiency of existing MURBs. (PDF)

BCBEC: Online Video On Building Smart With Energy Efficiency
BC Building Envelope Council online video of their Building Smart With Energy Efficiency workshop focuses on energy efficiency in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders provided insights into key issues, including insulation strategies, high performance walls and energy-efficiency code requirements, and examined some of the challenges and options being explored in multi-unit residential and institutional buildings.

BD&C: Small Commercial Buildings Offer Huge Energy Efficiency Retrofit Opportunities
Building Design & Construction says a NIBS report shows small commercial buildings offer huge energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. The report identifies several barriers to investment in such retrofits, such as the costs and complexity associated with relatively small loan sizes, and issues many small-building owners have in understanding and trusting predicted retrofit outcomes.

BRIK: Balancing Preservation & Energy Efficiency in Building Retrofits
Building Research Information Knowledgebase presentation paper Balancing Preservation and Energy Efficiency in Building Retrofits says common retrofit strategies are found throughout the industry that lend themselves to improving the energy performance of an existing building. Each of these strategies must be balanced with the preservation of the existing building, specifically when the building has historical significance.

Building Green: Could Passivhaus High-Rise Become the Norm?
Building Green says a report indicates that designing tall urban residential buildings to the Passivhaus standard is achievable and worth the added cost.

Building Green: Occupant Engagement
Environmental Building News describes successful occupant engagement strategies, which fall into three main categories: designing for feedback, transforming social norms, and creating incentives.

Building Rating: From Energy Benchmarking To Green Appraisal
Building Rating says while greenhouse gas emissions and energy security receive substantial attention, the financial benefits that arise from benchmarking policies should not be discounted, and in fact more effort should be directed towards properly valuing high-performing buildings.

Building Science: Detailing Toward Zero-Energy Buildings - Part 2
Building Science online slide show presentation describes design details and processes for zero energy buildings. Part 2 (PDF)

Building Science: Detailing Toward Zero-Energy Buildings - Part I
Building Science online slide show presentation describes design details and processes for zero energy buildings. Part 1 (PDF)

Building Science: Repair, Renewal, Rehabilitation Of Commercial Buildings
Building Science online slide show presentation Repair, Renewal, Rehabilitation Of Commercial Buildings Enclosure covers design fundamentals, windows/storefronts curtainwalls, masonry, precast/tiltup, and EIFS. (PDF)

Building Science: Retrofit Of Commercial & Institutional Buildings
Building Science online presentation by Dr. John Straube describes energy use of buildings, and best practices for energy retrofit of commercial and institutional buildings. (PDF)

Building Science: The Function Of Form: Building Shape & Energy
Building Science describes how in all buildings, the ratio of enclosure area to floor area is important, and hence simple shapes are preferred and are less expensive to build and maintain.

Building Science: Top Ten Smart Things to Do In Low-Energy Commercial Buildings
Building Science describes the top ten smart things to do in low-energy commercial and institutional buildings in cold climates.

CaGBC: Canadian National Benchmarking Framework Guide
Canadian Green Building Council report National Energy Benchmarking Framework is meant to provide support to local governments (cities and provinces) that are developing energy benchmarking strategies and regulations. (PDF)

CaGBC: Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada
Canadian Green Building Council report Roadmap to Retrofits in Canada analyzes how the type, size, age, energy source and regional electrical grid of large buildings in Canada can affect efficiency performance and carbon emissions.

CaGBC: Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada II
Canada Green Building Council new 2018 report Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada II sets out a series of comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations and governments to build a world-leading retrofit economy by 2030 that improves the performance of existing buildings and creates new economic opportunities for Canadians. (PDF)

CEA: Local Government Measures To Reduce Energy Use & GHG Emissions
Community Energy Association report Modelling High-Impact Local Government Measures to Reduce Energy Use and GHG Emissions for New and Existing Buildings in BC's Lower Mainland describes key policy measures and analytical approaches, such as emission inventories and modelling, which can help BC local governments estimate the impact of proposed GHG reduction actions from the Build to Zero initiative. (PDF)

CPM: Recommissioning Finds Quick Fixes For Energy Savings
Canadian Property Management describes the process of recommissioning commercial buildings and how low-cost measures can deliver sustained energy savings.

Dumont: Saving Energy & Water In Facilities
Online slide show presentation Saving Energy & Water In Facilities by Canadian energy efficiency expert Rob Dumont describes cost effective opportunities to save energy by upgrading lighting, space heating, ventilation air heating, compressed air, electric motors, refrigeration equipment, and power factor correction. (PDF)

EEB: Utilities Guide To Data Access For Building Benchmarking
Efficient Buildings Hub report Utilities' Guide to Data Access for Building Benchmarking, explains how local utilities can improve this access to facilitate benchmarking. (PDF)

Energy IQ: Free Web-Based Energy Benchmarking Tool For Non-Residential Buildings
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory free Energy IQ program is a web-based action-oriented benchmarking tool for non-residential buildings.

Energy Manager: 5 Key Areas To Inspect For Energy Savings
Energy Manager magazine article says energy conservation can save thousands of dollars per year with relatively little capital investment, and offers a helpful checklist of five key areas for inspection and the recommended tools to help pinpoint potential fixes.

Energy Star: Introduction To Energy Performance Contracting
Energy Star briefing report provides a tutorial in the fundamentals of energy performance contracting (EPC) for policy makers who need to understand how EPC fits into the broader context of energy efficiency policy and programs. (PDF)

GreenBiz: Tenant Star Is Next Frontier In Building Efficiency
GreenBiz say a new initiative, which EPA has the option of calling Tenant Star, is being hailed by a wide range of industry stakeholders as the next great tool for driving energy savings in commercial buildings.

IMT: Benefits Of Benchmarking Building Performance
Institute for Market Transformation report Benefits Of Benchmarking Building Performance highlights the positive effects that can be achieved through benchmarking and transparency policies. (PDF)

IMT: Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership
Institute for Market Transformation initiative Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership is a us industry-led project to help America's building owners and tenants implement effective energy-saving strategies in their leased building space and unlock billions of dollars in savings.

IMT: Small Business Energy Initiative Action Guide
Institute for Market Transformation online Small Business Energy Initiative Action Guide contains helpful tools, resources, and best practices to energize and inform efforts to establish or enhance a program that will help small business members reap the immense benefits of more efficient buildings and spaces.

IMT: Smart Investments In Energy Efficiency
Institute for Market Transformation case study examines recent energy improvements to The Portrait Building in Washington, DC. Three efficiency measures, completed for a total of $169,946 (or $1.27 per square foot) will pay back in a little over two years and, over an assumed 10-year useful life, offer a cumulative net present value of $578,248 and a 49 percent internal rate of return.

IMT: Specifications for Building Performance Reporting Software Platform
Institute for Market Transformation report Sample Specifications for a Building Performance Reporting Software Platform will help cities that require annual building performance benchmarking reporting and transparency. This document describes the components of a software solution, the Building Performance Reporting System, that minimizes the demands on city staff and streamlines data collection. (PDF)

LBL: High Performance Building Facade Solutions
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories report High Performance Building Facade Solutions looks at significant near-term opportunities to reduce nergy use in California commercial building stock by targeting voluntary, design-based opportunities derived from the use of better design guidelines and tools, and developing and deploying more efficient glazings, shading systems, daylighting systems, façade systems and integrated ontrols. (PDF)

NRC: Demand-Responsive Commercial Buildings
Canadian National Research Council online report Demand-Responsive Commercial Buildings demand response, whereby customers get direct requests from the utility to temporarily lower usage during periods of very high demand. (PDF)

NRCan: Free Energy Savings Toolbox For Planning Industrial Energy Savings
Natural Resources Canada offers free Energy Savings Toolbox that provides step-by-step methodology to help industry identify and capitalize on energy savings. It offers a detailed reference for understanding and managing energy use in every phase of an operation, from designing and conducting an energy audit to carrying out cost-benefit analyses. (PDF)

NRCan: Improve Your Building's Energy Performance, Energy Benchmarking Primer
NRCan report Improve Your Building's Energy Performance: Energy Benchmarking Primer provides a business case for energy benchmarking, supported by case studies and testimonials from organizations that have successfully implemented benchmarking programs. It also offers helpful tips and resources. (PDF)

PHCP Pros: Outcome-Based Approach To Building Energy
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine describes how an outcome-based approach to building design and operation can provide a path to energy-efficient buildings.

RDH: Practical Tips For Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
RDH Building Engineering describes, based on lessons learned through measurement and verification of high performance buildings, how building designers, owners, and managers can ensure their buildings perform at their best and meet their energy efficiency goals.

REMI Network: Building Energy Audits 101
REMI Network explains why businesses looking to undergo energy efficiency retrofits, simply jumping into the upgrades is not prudent. It is better to understand existing energy use and energy waste. The best way to do this is to undertake an energy audit, establish the baseline, and identify locations where the most energy is being used with the best opportunities for energy savings. This way, building energy performance can be compared to similar buildings and performance goals can be created.

RMI: When Investing in Energy Retrofits Makes Sense
Rocky Mountain Institute report Capturing Value Through Portfolio Energy Optimization offers advice on optimizing and prioritizing energy retrofits across the whole building portfolio to achieve maximum returns. (PDF)

SB: Commercial Real Estate Is $190B Market For Energy Retrofits
Sustainable Business summarizes a report that shows the market potential for energy efficiency retrofits in commercial real estate is projected to total $190 billion over the next ten years.

Think Wood: Meeting & Exceeding Energy Objectives In Wood Buildings
Think Wood describes issues and considerations for meeting and exceeding energy objectives in wood buildings. (PDF)

US DOE: Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Real-Time Feedback
US Department of Energy report Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Real-Time Feedback describes how energy efficient building occupancy gains can be made through a supported behavior change strategy, incorporating deliberate placement of real-time energy use feedback for building users. (PDF)

US DOE: Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide For Office Buildings
US Department of Energy online Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Office Buildings provides general project planning guidance as well as financial payback metrics for the most common energy efficiency measures. It provides a practical roadmap for effectively planning and implementing performance improvements for existing office buildings. (PDF) Free registration required.

US DOE: Best Practices For Energy Benchmarking
US Department of Energy online toolkit Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action is a compilation of case studies, guidance and real-world best-practices adopted by cities and utilities to help building owners measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy performance of their buildings.

US DOE: Building Diagnostic Market Deployment
US Department of Energy report Building Diagnostic Market Deployment describes strategies for implementing automated fault detection and diagnostic tools that provide capabilities essential for detecting and correcting energy consumption problems and eliminating the associated energy waste and costs. (PDF)

US DOE: Performance Metrics For Commercial Buildings
US Department of Energy report US DOE: Performance Metrics For Commercial Buildings gives commercial building owners and operators a standard set of key performance metrics to provide a systematic way to evaluate the performance of their buildings. It provides standard metrics for the energy, water, operations and maintenance, indoor environmental quality, purchasing, waste and recycling and transportation impact of their building. (PDF)

US DOE: Research Strengthens Business Case for Building Commissioning
US Department of Energy says new research shows that building commissioning remains a cost-effective way to improve the operation of your building while lowering energy use and mitigating other risks associated with poor building performance. The study provides the world’s largest and most current resource of commissioning cost and benefit data for commercial buildings.
Product Supply

BC Hydro: New Construction Program For Commercial & Multi Family
BC Hydro Power Smart new construction program provides financial incentives, resources and technical assistance to help developers of new commercial, multi-unit residential, and industrial projects.

BOMA BC: Energy Management Assistance Program
Building Owners & Managers Association of BC in partnership with the Province of BC, is pleased to offer free energy services to owners and managers of commercial real estate. The intent of this program is to help buildings reduce their environmental impact and operating costs and improve occupant comfort.

FortisBC: Commercial New Construction Performance Incentives
FortisBC offers the Commercial New Construction Performance Incentives program which encourages the construction of buildings that achieve higher energy performance beyond the minimum levels required by the BC Building Code. Using the new BC Energy Step Code, you can decide how to achieve the energy efficiency goals of your project and, as a result, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, save money and increase occupant comfort. It offers incentives towards the construction of new high performance buildings including commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential.

Green Lease Library: Resources For Commercial Green Leasing
Green Lease Library offers commercial green leasing resources including best practices, guidance, and tool kits. Green leases (also known as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.

IMT: Local Government Role In Commercial Energy Project Financing
Institute for Market Transformation report Local Government Role in Energy Project Financing: A Guide to Financing Tools for the Commercial Real Estate Sector says cities now have an abundance of governmental and private sector tools available to finance investments in commercial building performance. (PDF)

NIBS: Financing Small Commercial Building Energy Performance Upgrades
US National Institute of Building Sciences report summarizes findings and recommendations on the financing of small commercial retrofit projects for energy efficiency. (PDF)

NRCan: ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings
Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings program provides tools and information to improve the energy performance of new and existing commercial and institutional buildings, including federally owned and operated buildings - supporting Canada's commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency. (PDF)

US DOE: Guide To Performance Contracting With ESCOs
US Department of Energy report A Guide to Performance Contracting with ESCOs describes the benefits offered by ESCOs and the things to consider when selecting and contracting with your provider. (PDF)

USGBC: Study Confirms Energy Savings In LEED Green Buildings
US Green Building Council and New Buildings Institute study analyzes measured energy performance for 121 LEED New Construction buildings, providing a critical information link between intention and outcome for LEED projects. The results show that projects certified by the USGBC LEED program average substantial energy performance improvement over non-LEED building stock. 2008 (PDF)
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