Features best practices and utility incentive programs for commercial office space
BURLINGTON, ON – Over 80 building owners, managers, tenants, and energy consultants attended the two-hour event at Burlington City Hall today, which featured remarks by Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and was sponsored by Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance’s Race to Reduce in partnership with BOMA Toronto and Union Gas.
The event was aimed at the office building sector as it contributes close to 20% of Greater Toronto’s carbon emissions, according to the Living City Report Card.
The unique event showcased the powerful, but often overlooked, opportunities for energy savings including the potential of landlord/tenant collaboration and ways for employees to get involved.
Representatives from the region’s utility companies joined CivicAction, BOMA Toronto, and WWF’s Living Planet @ Work to share case studies on capital, operational, and behavioural best practices for reducing energy use in commercial office space. Union Gas and saveONenergy incentive programs for energy audits, equipment, retrofits and training were just some of the energy reduction opportunities that were highlighted.
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring stated, “Burlington is playing a leadership role in municipal energy management, having reduced energy use intensity in building facilities by 18 per cent over the past 2 years. Burlington was one of three finalists in its category in the Ontario Power Authority Community Conservation Awards and Burlington City Hall is amongst the top 10 most energy efficient town halls in Canada.”
Brad Henderson, Senior Managing Director of CBRE Limited, and voluntary Co-chair of CivicAction’s Commercial Building Energy Initiative says, “While capital and operational improvements are important parts of an energy reduction plan, collaboration between landlords and tenants and between tenants and their employees are the next frontier for significant energy savings”.
“Through our EnerSmart incentives tailored to meet the unique needs of commercial office facilities, owners are empowered to make smart investments in energy-efficient equipment and technologies to maximize their energy saving opportunities and ultimately, save money,” said Keith Boulton, Union Gas district manager for Hamilton/Halton.
Chris Conway, President & Chief Staff Officer of BOMA Toronto says, “Initiatives like this event and the Race to Reduce smart energy office challenge are encouraging a new norm for landlord-tenant collaboration. With tenants contributing up to 50 per cent of an office building’s energy use, improved dialogue can result in significant savings in operating costs, energy use, and carbon emissions.”
The Halton/Hamilton Energy Savings Event was supported by the region’s electricity local distribution companies (LDCs) including; Burlington Hydro Inc., Halton Hills Hydro, Horizon Utilities, Milton Hydro, Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.
About CivicAction’s Race to Reduce
Civic Action’s Race to Reduce challenges Toronto region landlords and tenants in office buildings of all types, sizes and ages to publicly commit to work together to reduce energy use in their buildings and to reduce the collective total energy use in participating office buildings by at least 10 per cent over four years. The Race aims to improve air quality in the Toronto region and achieve sustained carbon emission reductions in the office building sector, which now contributes close to 20% of the region’s carbon emissions, according to the Living City Report Card. This project is funded in part through the Conservation Fund of the Ontario Power Authority. For more information or to join the challenge, visit www.racetoreduce.ca or contact Tiffany Vong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-309-4480 x503.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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