Energy Benchmarking

20 by '15

In September 2009, REALPAC in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) adopted an energy consumption target for office buildings of 20 equivalent kilowatt-hours of energy use per square foot of building area per year ("20 ekWh/ft2/year”), to be achieved by 2015.

In 2010, REALPAC asked its members, partner organizations, and affiliates, as well as other industry stakeholders, to participate in the groundbreaking, first annual REALPAC Energy Benchmarking Survey by submitting 2009 energy consumption data from office buildings.

In 2013, REALPAC's Energy Benchmarking Program was awarded one of Canada's Clean50 Top 15 Projects, recognizing outstanding sustainability project work completed by organizations across the country.

Cumulative survey reports were released in 2010, 2012, and 2014, culminating with the final report issued in 2017: The REALPAC Energy Benchmarking Report: 2010-2015 Results – Performance of the Canadian Office Sector

REALPAC’s Energy Benchmarking Report: 2010-2015 Results - Performance of the Canadian Office Sector analyzes and compares all six years of data to provide a comprehensive view of trends and patterns of building energy performance across Canada. Although not all buildings have met the 20 by ’15 target over the six-year period, progress has been made in energy reduction overall, particularly in buildings that have participated consistently or intermittently during the years of the Surveys.

Looking back over the six years of the REALPAC Energy Benchmarking Program, the growth of interest and activity related to energy measurement and savings, as well as the actual performance improvements at the building level, were evident. The continued participation of benchmarking performance over time is a testament to the heightened knowledge and level of sophistication organizations are bringing to the management of their assets’ resource use.

Contact Kris Kolenc, Coordinator, Research & Sustainability, 416.642.2700 x238










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