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Building Benchmark BC gaining momentum

More than 22 million sq. ft. of real estate now registered in voluntary program as additional governments come on board.

May 4, 2020  By Energy Manager Canada


More than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers in B.C. have agreed to voluntarily measure, report, and disclose their buildings’ energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions under the recently launched Building Benchmark BC pilot program.

Collectively the companies and individuals oversee 730 commercial, residential, industrial, and institutional properties. Taken together, the properties represent roughly 22 million sq. ft. of real estate.

“Frankly, we’re thrilled with the uptake,” said David Ramslie, vice president of sustainability for Concert Properties and one of the Building Benchmark BC organizers. “Now that they’ve registered, these professionals can make savvier decisions on capital investments and upgrades, while helping local governments more effectively support them.”

The City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich, and Township of Langley recently joined Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver in the pilot. Metro Vancouver and the University of British Columbia are also participating.

Building owners and managers who opt in to the voluntary program will receive detailed performance data and a picture of where their properties rank on energy and climate pollution relative to similar buildings—information that will help them make informed investment decisions.

The pilot is open to any B.C.–based owners and/or managers of commercial real estate.

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