Case Study - Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a commercial and retail building in Toronto’s east end. Built in 1868, the heritage building has undergone multiple renovations to modernize over the years. According to Linda Leistner, Property Manager of Berkeley Castle Investments, the age of the building presents a few challenges when it comes to keeping energy costs down while keeping tenants comfortable. While some organizations opt to jump into equipment upgrades, a better approach might be to start an entirely different journey by improving operating habits and control sequences through a continuous improvement cycle.

With limited time, budget and experience to focus on energy management, Leistner enlisted the expertise of Scott Rouse, Managing Partner at Energy@Work, to help identify new opportunities to save. 

Early results are promising – in just nine months, Berkeley Castle has seen a 9% reduction in energy use through non-capital changes alone and even greater savings are expected in the coming months. Leistner and Rouse are now more proactive and strategic about energy management, meeting monthly to review data and working with Toronto Hydro to plan projects ahead that will save energy without compromising the comfort of tenants. “OPsaver pays for us to look comprehensively at our whole building and how systems work together,” Leistner says. “We’re now gaining a lot of momentum with our savings.”

A summary of the case study is available here ->

365 Bloor transformation Gets BOMA BEST Platinum + 2018 Earth Award

The National Post ran a full page story on 365 Bloor's transformation which included significant involvement from Energy@Work.

Highlight of achievements include:

  • Repositioning and transformation of a commercial asset that helped revitalize the Bloor & Sherbourne area.
  • Achieving BOMA BEST Platinum + the 2018 Earth Award (highest 2018 Platinum score in the 250,000 Sq.Ft category)!
  • Received the Collaborative Excellence Award from BOMA Toronto at the race2reduce CREST Awards

Perhaps the biggest achievement is their continued commitment to do even more.  

The article credits the Greenrock Property Management’s vision and the team work with Postmedia Place. Paul Godfrey said: “Teaming up with Greenrock allowed us to create purpose-built, high-tech and energy efficiency space for our employees to work and collaborate in, in entirely new ways.”

Energy@Work is pleased to have also been mentioned for our Energy Management Action Plan (EMAP).  By following the plan and working monthly with Operations, Management and other key stakeholders, utility savings were identified and implemented. Credit also is due to Toronto Hydro’s OPsaver program, Real Time Monitoring and BOMA Toronto’s race2reduce program.

The full story is located on the back page of the National Post: Weekend edition, Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Congratulations to both Postmedia Place and Greenrock Property Management.

Knowing the Rules to Save

Energy@Work ran a webinar on April 5, 2018, through the CimateWise Business Network to provide an overview of the rules around the Global Adjustment Mechanisms and how they affect Ontario business.

A copy of the presentation is available here, and more information is available by contacting requests@energy-efficiency.com or by completing our online information request.

Global Adjustment Mechanism Deadline Approaching

The annual June 15th Global Adjustment Mechanism (GAM)e decision #1 is coming up quickly.  

Properties over the average demand of 1,000 kW average monthly demand can opt to be Class A or B. Manufacturing and industry over 500 kW can also choose between the two classes.

The ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with Energy@Work is hosting a workshop on Global Adjustment (GA) to address the charge on your electricity bill. The Webinar takes place on April 5, 2018, from 15:00 to 16:00. It will cover:

  • Overview of Global adjustment
  • What are the compoments and costs
  • What are the processes involved
  • What should be the Class A / Class B strategy?
  • Case studies to demonstrate costs and benefits

You can register on-line for the workshop here ->

Feel free to give us a call at 416.642.0571 or drop an email to requests@energy-efficiency.com.

Welcome to Ontario’s new: “Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking Regulation”

Ontario requires owners of buildings that are 50,000 square feet or larger to report their water and energy use annually. (EWRB - O.Reg. 20/17)

Energy@Work has been working with BOMA to ensure that the process is useful and practical.  We met with BOMA Chicago and visited with New York’s bench marking office to understand reporting requirements and provide feedback, which has helped to make Ontario’s process practical.

Energy@Work has demonstrated, when accurately completed, benchmarking can provide you with the insight you need to make positive changes! 

We have a 3 step process aligned with the provincial timeline:

Step 1: January 31, 2018 Deadline

Obtain the required Property Owner Contact Form and EWRB#

Step 2: June 1, 2018 (before the Global Adjustment (GA) Deadline)

We will prepare and provide you:

i) Completed Energy Star Portfolio Manager submission with an Energy Star Score

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ii) A GA eligibility opinion

iii) An Energy & Water Assessment

Together, there is the confidence that the information being submitted to the government is correct as well as insight on how the building is performing in comparison to others and suggested next steps.

Step 3: July 1, 2018 Deadline

We will submit the required information on your behalf.  We also follow up on questions,  comments and identify concerns so there are no surprises.

Knowing that information is correct as well as the significance is a great relief and a catalyst to making positive change.

Welcome to an exciting future!

Please contact:

Energy@Work, either email: requests@Energy-Efficiency.com or
call 416 642-0571

Additional information is on Ontario’s web site.

We are here to help and look forward to working together and making this easy, but also useful and a practical benefit to you at the same time!

2017 BOMA Toronto / WWF Canada Earth Hour Challenge: Participation up for 5th Year!

WWF’s Earth Hour challenge celebrated its 10 year anniversary this year, which BOMA Toronto and WWF Canada shared with their own 5th anniversary and an 8% increase over last year’s number of participants. Earth Hour is about creating awareness around energy management and gives people an opportunity to participate.

The practices that lead to reductions during Earth Hour can be applied to a Global Adjustment Strategy. Both Class A and Class B customers can reduce their electricity bills by implementing these operational procedures at strategic times throughout the year.

Existing Building Commissioning (EB Cx) & Auditing: Driving Deeper Energy Savings - Free Webinar Dec 14

On December 14th @ 10:00 AM Climate Wise is hosting a webinar: Driving Deeper Energy Savings 
Existing Building Commissioning (EB Cx) as well as Energy Audits

EB Cx is an excellent means of obtaining the deep savings without sacrificing tenant comfort.  However, too often EB Cx turns into a list of deficiencies – missing key elements such as functional tests, training for persistence, etc.  The result is a report that sits on a shelf or becomes a list of trial and error tactics that do not achieve sustained savings.  A properly structured EB Cx has 4 distinct phases: each with specific deliverables that must be checked and validated before moving to the next phase.  15% to 25% savings are achievable when properly coordinated with the operation team.  With rising energy costs & available incentives – it makes sense to cut waste!

Energy Audit is an equally great tool to identifying Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) and should not be confused with EB Cx – each has there value and role to play in a properly structured EnergyManagement Action Plan (EMAP). 

The Audit and EB Cx will be explained individually using real world examples, case studies and an explanation of the difference between the two + the telltale signs that your building might make a good candidate and what to look for

Questions will be answered, concepts explained, and tools suggested along with reference material in the proper design, selection, and execution of:
Energy Audit
Existing Building Commissioning (EB Cx)
Feel free to share this email and hope you enjoy the webinar!

Presenters


Scott Rouse
Managing Partner, Energy@Work Inc.

Scott Rouse is the founder and managing partner of Toronto-based Energy@Work Inc.
Scott is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the Province of Ontario, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers. e specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional energy management and energy efficiency.


Michel Parent
Partner, Technosim

Michel Parent is a partner in a consulting engineering firm, Technosim, specializing in energy efficiency. Technosim has offices in Quebec and Ontario.
Michel is specialized in energy efficiency in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. He is an Existing Building Recommissioning (EBCx) Agent and has performed recommissioning for over 5 million square feet of office and retail properties across Canada. He is also a certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP).


Curtis Leishman
Inside Sales Representative, CDM Programs

 

 IT IS FREE!  To register, please sign on to:
http://www.windfallcentre.ca/climatewise/events