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BOMA Quebec’s Real Estate Energy Challenge launches

June 15, 2018 — On May 23, BOMA Quebec announced the launch of the Real Estate Energy Challenge (DEI), a new competition for property owners, building managers and tenants who are committed to implementing responsible management practices to improve their energy performance in a sustainable manner.

June 15, 2018  By Lucie Côté

Top row: Stéphan Gagnon

The competition aims to reduce Quebec’s commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings’ energy consumption and GHG emissions through collaboration, education and innovation.

“The Real Estate Energy Challenge is a unique opportunity for collaboration between government, municipalities, building owners and managers, their tenants and their users to reduce the environmental impact of buildings across the province. We are convinced that it will make a tangible contribution to the reduction of energy consumption and GHG emissions in the commercial real estate sector and will support the achievement of the targets set by the governments of Quebec and Canada. In addition to rallying as many property managers as possible, we are creating a platform for exchanging current best practices in energy efficiency in commercial buildings,” said Bruno Turcotte, President of BOMA Quebec. “We are delighted to see the enthusiasm generated by the launch of this initiative among our members and very pleased to be able to count on the support of key partners such as the City of Montreal, Quebec Energy Transition, Hydro-Quebec, Énergir and Natural Resources Canada who share our vision and our desire to mobilize the industry to reduce its environmental footprint.”

Inspired by challenges presented in other major cities, such as BOMA Toronto and Manitoba’s Race 2 Reduce, the BOMA Quebec project takes into account the specific objectives of the Quebec Government’s 2030 energy policy. The policy’s goal is to improve energy efficiency by 5% and reduce the consumption of petroleum products by 40%. The city of Montreal’s 2016-2020 sustainable development plan also aims to reduce GHG emissions.

The DEI aims to reduce energy consumption by 10% in four years and to bring together 100 buildings in the first year. If 15% of the buildings in Quebec’s commercial sector reduced their energy consumption by 10%, this would represent a reduction of approximately 2.45 million GJ of energy and 60,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, or around 12,000 fewer cars on the roads.

Improving the performance of buildings’ electricity consumption will also be one of the topics addressed in the results of the Challenge.

“We are happy to be a partner of the Real Estate Energy Challenge. The various programs we offer make it possible to opt for high efficiency and innovative electric technologies and to improve the performance of buildings in terms of electricity consumption. Through our clean and renewable energy, we are able to support our customers in their energy efficiency and GHG emission reduction efforts,” said Rémi Dubois, Director, Business Customer Services and Sales, Hydro-Quebec Distribution.

Some highlights about the DEI:

• Participation is voluntary
• Participants will have to collect their energy data confidentially online using the free Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) platform
• Three levels of competitions will be repeated over the years:

  • GHG target 
  • Improved energy performance

  • Collaboration

For more information on the Challenge, click here.

Information related to the GHG emission reduction target will be communicated each year at an event where the winning participants’ performances will be highlighted.

In 2022, the global results and impact of the DEI on the community will be revealed.

About BOMA Quebec: BOMA Quéebec is a group of commercial property owners and managers. Its members own and manage more than 85% of Class A commercial property in Quebec. The Association is actively promoting the adoption of efficient and responsible building management principles.

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