ENERGY STAR Certification

Three Real Estate Management Services properties among the first in Canada to achieve ENERGY STAR® certification

Properties’ energy performance is in the top 25% in Canada 

Three Real Estate Management Services properties in Western Canada have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification. Natural Resources Canada launched the ENERGY STAR certification program for Canadian commercial buildings this year and the following properties are among the first in Canada to earn this award:

845 Cambie Street1. 6475 Metral Drive, Nanaimo: Score of 86
2. The Law Society of BC, Vancouver: Score of 81
3. Airport Square, Vancouver: Score of 80

The ENERGY STAR certification recognizes buildings that operate among the top 25% of similar buildings across Canada. ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy and money and help protect the environment by generating 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.  

“The energy efficiency of these buildings translates directly to lower operating costs for the tenants – a win-win for everyone,” says Nicky Arthur, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Real Estate Management Services, Western Canada.

ENERGY STAR ratings have been available in Canada since 2011, but formal certification was only introduced this year for 2017 building data. The ENERGY STAR score rating ranges from 1 – 100.  Only buildings with a score over 75 are eligible to be certified.  The certification process requires tracking electricity and gas consumption with the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® software tool, which compares energy performance to the national average.  Data must be verified by a third-party licensed professional engineer or architect to achieve certification.

“These buildings are not new – they range in age from 27 to 43 years old. The fact that they have demonstrated energy performance in the top 25% nationwide just shows what can be achieved with a dedicated building team,” says Arthur. 

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