EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton recently celebrated high performance buildings with its second annual Building Energy Benchmarking Awards.
The awards highlight facilities that have achieved a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and upped their energy efficiency.
“Greener buildings contribute to a stronger, more diversified low-carbon economy,” said Paul Ross, branch manager of economic and environmental sustainability at the City of Edmonton. “By making building energy performance information accessible, we can share best practices and help create a more climate-resilient Edmonton.”
The awards have nearly doubled since last year with 184 buildings nominated. Awards were given to commercial, institutional, not-for-profit and multi-family buildings across Edmonton.
The award for best year-over-year improvement went to Alberta Infrastructure Shops for reducing energy needs by 21 per cent through upgraded lighting and steam heating systems.
Southgate Centre – Ivanhoe Cambridge was honoured with the award for best energy performance for their motion detection and lighting upgrades in the loading docks and parking lots at the shopping centre.
Registration for the third year of the program begins in May. Participants can obtain a tailored report on their building’s performance and be eligible for an energy audit rebate.
The benchmarking program began in 2017 when the city wanted to help lay the foundation for Edmonton’s transition to low-carbon, sustainable energy structures by making building energy performance information accessible to interested stakeholders.
The program compiles and compares annual whole building energy consumption across Edmonton’s large building stock and then uses the information to benchmark building energy performance, facilitate energy efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions.