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Re-commissioning/Retro-commissioning/Existing Building Commissioning/Continuous Commissioning – What’s the Best Approach for Me?

October 16th, 2012, No Comments

By: Luke Ferdinands
When it comes to energy conservation there’s a lot of buzz about re-commissioning. But as I move through professional meetings, conferences and even casual conversations I keep hearing about not only re-commissioning but also retro-commissioning, on-going commissioning, continuous commissioning and existing building commissioning. Sometimes the terms are used almost interchangeably but [...]

Energy Incentive Series: High Performance New Construction

August 2nd, 2012, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
The next incentive covered in our series is High Performance New Construction. This program is a part of Ontario Power Authority (OPA) saveONenergy program.
What is it?
The High Performance New Construction program provides design assistance and funding for building owners and architects who exceed the electricity efficiency standards specified in the Ontario Building Code.
There [...]

Overcoming Landlord-Tenant Barriers Leads to Greater Energy Efficiency

July 17th, 2012, No Comments

By: Jordan Hall
When discussing energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, there have been long ongoing debates on the best way to get landlords and tenants to agree on an energy efficiency strategy.  To date, conversations around energy efficiency between tenants and landlords have been emphasized on the fact that the landlords have to pay for upgrades, [...]

Energy Efficiency Incentive for Commercial Buildings in the Calgary, Alberta Region

July 9th, 2012, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
The Pembina Institute has recently launched an Energy Efficiency (EE) Check pilot program that supports energy efficiency retrofits for large commercial buildings as well as smaller and mid-size industrial facilities.
The EE Check program can assist building owners and managers to defray the up-front costs with energy audits or targeted energy efficiency studies, in [...]

Energy Incentive Series: SaskEnergy Commercial HVAC Program

July 3rd, 2012, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
The next incentive covered in our series is SaskEnergy’s Commercial HVAC Program. This program is available through participating SaskEnergy Commercial & Residential Network Members and provides incentives based on the incremental price of energy-efficient natural gas boilers, furnaces, and rooftop units.
What is it?
The Commercial HVAC Program is designed to encourage the use of [...]

Energy Incentive Series: Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Commercial Building Optimization Program

May 29th, 2012, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
The next incentive discussed in our series is Manitoba Hydro’s Commercial Building Optimization Program. This program is a part of Manitoba Hydro Power Smart program for commercial buildings.
What is it?
The Commercial Building Optimization Program (CBOP) can help you improve the energy efficiency of your building through a re-commissioning process with additional focus on [...]

Energy Incentive Series: BC Hydro Continuous Optimization Program

May 9th, 2012, 1 Comment

By: Tiffany Richmond
The next incentive discussed in our series is BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program. This program is a part of BC Hydro’s Power Smart program for commercial buildings.
What is it?
The BC Hydro Continuous Optimization program focuses on operational conservation measures, “low or no-cost” measures that do not require the purchase and installation of new [...]

Energy Incentive Series: A Look into Energy Incentive Programs Across Canada

May 3rd, 2012, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
There are multiple local distribution company (LDC) across Canada. That also means there are many energy incentive options. If you’ve had experience with energy incentives then you know how complex and daunting understanding and applying for each incentive can be. To help eliminate some of the noise and complications of understanding what incentives [...]

4 Ways Businesses Can Advance Their Greenhouse Gas Management Goals

April 27th, 2012, No Comments

By: Jordan Hall
I recently came across an article on GreenBiz that discusses how to drive greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the supply chain and strategies that can help advance companies GHG management goals.  Below I have summarized the key strategies that are discussed in the article.  To read the full article click here.
There are several [...]

My Household Challenge: Upgrading to Energy Efficient Lighting

March 19th, 2012, 3 Comments

By: Dar Danesh
Recently, I came across an article that was discussing the increase in utility costs for commercial buildings in Dubai and what businesses were doing to adopt energy saving initiatives to control these rising energy costs. Articles like this are not far to come by. The awareness level of energy management in the [...]