WINNIPEG — The City of Winnipeg has launched a new project to publicly map community building energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The city is appealing to eligible commercial and institutional building owners to participate in the Building Energy Disclosure Project by registering for free and agreeing to track their building’s energy and GHG performance on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as well as disclose key building profile and performance metrics for inclusion on a public disclosure map.
“A sustainable future for Winnipeg means having healthy, energy-efficient spaces for residents. With the Building Energy Disclosure Project, we hope to enable building owners to better understand the energy performance of their buildings, while supporting overall reductions in GHG emissions in our community,” said Winnipeg City Councillor Cindy Gilroy, who is also the chairperson of the standing policy committee on water and waste, in a statement.
The program is made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Canada’s Department of Natural Resources.
“Investing in building energy efficiency reduces pollution, saves money and helps companies be more competitive. As we work to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re supporting initiatives like the City of Winnipeg’s Building Energy Disclosure Project to help building owners better understand how they use energy, how to save it, and how to build sustainable communities,” added federal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan.
Participants in the program will also receive a personalized scorecard highlighting their building’s key energy and GHG performance metrics, access to free educational workshops offered by the city and the Canada Green Building Council and assistance with identifying key building metrics including the creation of an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account.