BOMA BESt Buildings consume energy 16% better than Canadian average
April 27, 2012 - The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) released the English version of its third annual “BOMA BESt Energy and Environmental Report” (BBEER), which shows the average energy consumption per square foot for BOMA BESt-certified office buildings is 30.8 equivalent kilowatt-hours per square foot, per year (ekWh/sf/yr). This makes them, claims BOMA Canada, 16% better than the national average (according to NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency [OEE], the national average is 36.65 ekWh/sf/yr.
By Anthony Capkun
The energy and environmental performance data of 415 buildings—representing 102.7 million square feet of Canadian commercial real estate—was analyzed for the 2011 BBEER. All 415 buildings included in the report were assessed and certified using the BOMA BESt framework between January 1 and December 31, 2011.
66% of office buildings in the 2011 sample size consume less energy per square foot than the BOMA BESt average of 30.8 ekWh/sf/yr. The total carbon dioxide (CO2) from all of the office buildings in the 2011 sample is 560,814 metric tonnes. If these buildings were emitting CO2 at the national average, a total of 667,332 metric tonnes would be released.
BOMA Canada says this year’s report includes a host of additional features, including case studies and articles on current topics, including energy management.