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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the October 27th enewsletter for Energy Management. A question I often reflect upon is whether green buildings are close to being mainstream here in Canada. A big part of being green, in my mind, is having a building that is operated at optimum efficiency levels. I don't think we have yet adopted a culture of optimum efficiency yet, but I do believe the tools are there, and support is there to make it happen. BOMA's new BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report is a good guide to success, as is the recently announced REALpac 20 x 15 goal. In Ontario, the new MicroFIT program also creates new opportunities for small businesses to invest in renewable energy.

In all business sectors, leaders are emerging and demonstrating that whether you are an industrial power user, a commercial building or a municipality, there are ways to become more efficient. Some businesses are sharing their success stories with us. This issue's video is one such example - an introduction to the Listel Hotel and its heat recovery system.

I'm always interested to hear our readers' stories. If you've got a good news efficiency story you'd like to share with the rest of Canada, please contact me at


Rob Colman
Editor, Energy Management


Union Gas and McMaster University unveil new energy audit program

BCIT establishes 'Sustainability Precinct' - aimed at reducing energy and materials use on campus by 90 per cent

Cascades inaugurates its first green plant in Lachute

Carleton creates Sustainable Energy Research Centre to solve real-world energy problems

Canada's largest solar farm opens In Ontario


Lighting efficiency series: Getting the process right
By Greg Jones
The importance of replacing existing lighting with more economical fixtures to save energy is especially critical given the current economic climate and the threat of global warming. Over the past year, many companies have seen their revenues fall significantly, affecting their profitability. Energy cost savings from lighting projects can significantly affect the corporate bottom line. If revenues are down, often the only way to profitability is to reduce costs.

Building transformation
By Ken Sinclair
Much is said these days of improving the energy use patterns of buildings, but patchwork improvements are not sufficient to create real and lasting change. In fact, change is not enough. We need to completely transform our buildings into smart grid interactions, with all functions within the building flowing and showing as active and visible assets of the corporate enterprise. The new true blue of an economical and environmental bottom line is supported with real, dynamic data, presented virtually, anywhere and at any time. This is the proof of our transformation. more...


BOMA Canada launches new BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) announced earlier this month the launch of its new BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report (BBEER). The report is based on the extraordinary success of BOMA's Building Environmental Standards (BESt) program, with 1,300 buildings across Canada having achieved certification since 2005. The BBEER summarizes the energy and environmental data for 450 office buildings at BOMA BESt Levels 2, 3 and 4 (70%, 80% and 90% scores overall).

MicroFIT: An introduction
By Thomas Brett
On September 24th, in conjunction with the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, the Ontario Government announced the MicroFIT Program (MicroFIT). MicroFIT is for small renewable generation, up to 10 kw in size. To be eligible for a MicroFIT Contract, the generator must be renewable, have its own meter, be capable of being connected to a local distribution grid (in other words, not "off-grid"), and have a "nameplate" (manufacturer's total installed rated capacity) capacity of 10 kw or less. In addition, it must not have an existing OPA Contract (although this may change). It can be an addition to an existing renewable generator by the same owner with the same technology, using the same connection point and metering, provided the combined facility is under the 10 kw ceiling. MicroFIT is a streamlined, user-friendly version of the FIT Program for individuals, small businesses, and communities. A community, in this case, can be a not-for-profit corporation, a co-op, an institution such as a church or school, or simply a group of individuals.

Façade facelifts could save billions
By Brian Burton
The following article discusses some of the important elements involved in ''overcladding'' retrofits of older multi-unit residential buildings that were constructed in an era when energy costs were not a prime consideration. It is estimated that if all of these building in Ontario were retrofitted by 2030 we would save close to $60 Billion in energy costs. This research into residential retrofits offers valuable tools for commercial, industrial and municipal energy professionals considering similar projects. more...


GE Energy Excellence Seminar, October 28, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga, ON

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's Community Power Conference, November 15-16, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

APPrO 2009: The 21st Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Event, November 17-18, Toronto, Ontario

MainTrain Toronto, November 23-26, Novotel Toronto Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Alberta Power Summit, November 24-25, The Metropolitan Centre Calgary, Alberta

Energy 2009: Lean and Green - Energizing the bottom line through energy efficiency, November 24-25, Toronto Congress Centre

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Energy Management website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

Got an event you want us to include on the website? Please send an e-mail to editor Rob Colman:

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