Your Enterprise could be Eligible for Funding!

The federal government is offering $72 million in funding to Ontario small and medium enterprises (499 or fewer employees) to decrease energy use and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of their carbon pricing plan.

The Climate Action Incentive Fund was introduced on July 17, 2019. Applications are open for 90 days, until October 14, 2019. Funding is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Eligible projects can receive $20,000 up to $250,000 in funding, or 25% of a project’s total cost.

Eligible projects include improvements and updates to:

  • Building envelope

  • Lighting systems

  • HVAC system and controls

  • Building Automation Systems

  • District energy and heating

Projects must be new with a completion deadline of March 2021 and cannot result in higher GHG emissions

If you

  • are an SME

  • are not registered on an output-based pricing system

  • have a defined project of more than $80,000

  • have a project that will reduce energy use

Contact Energy@Work if you wish to submit an application.

Info Session & Pub Night - Energy Data Reporting Tools for New + Existing Buildings

Join us on Thursday June 20th at 6:00pm at the downtown Toronto Spoke Club to learn more about energy data reporting tools for new and existing buildings. Presentation topics will include:

  • The Toronto 2030 Platform tool

  • The Compass tool

  • Project specific results and related reporting requirements from Energy@Work

  • The latest information related to mandatory reporting on energy and water usage and related directions from the Ontario Ministry of Energy.

A networking reception will follow the presentations, and both the Toronto 2030 Platform and the Compass tool will be available for demo.

Tickets are $20 and include light refreshment and one (1) drink ticket. Registration is required.

Scott Rouse Speaking at Toronto Building Managers' and Operators' Association

On June 12, 20019 at 18:00, Scott Rouse the Managing Partner at Energy@Work will be speaking to the Toronto Building Managers' and Operators' Association on Achieving Peak Performance.

The event begins with cocktails at 17:00 and dinner at 18:00. For more information, contact Peter Choi at 647-303-7675 or have a look at their newsletter.

BOMA Global Adjustment Mechanism Workshop

At the BOMA 2019 Global Adjustment Workshop Energy@Work provided case study examples on how best to respond to Global Adjustment Mechanism (GAM) or the “GAMe”.

There are 2 strategies and both begin with an Energy Management Action Plan (E-MAP).  Changes that Ontario is facing are summarized well in this article, and the Energy@Work GAMe presentation is available here.

Energy@Work is competing to develop more Energy Champions!

Energy@Work is competing for a small business grant to help develop more Energy Champions! Please help us by voting for our submission.

Your vote will help us win and with your support we plan to better share case studies such as this one:

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Buildings can improve & we have proven what is possible when teams work together.

We would like to see others succeed by sharing information and inspire new champions by developing their own Energy Management Action Plan!

You are eligible to vote every 24 hours and every vote helps!

We appreciate your support!

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.