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Ontario’s New Benchmarking Ordinance – 2017 Energy and Water Use Reporting

  • February 28, 2017
  • Chris Ogletree
Ontario’s New Benchmarking Ordinance – 2017 Energy and Water Use Reporting

Buildings and their utility consumption make up a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, buildings in Ontario, Canada contributed 19% of the total GHG emissions in the province. The Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative was introduced to help building owners improve their building’s energy and water efficiency, and to help decrease GHG emissions by office buildings, residential buildings, retail stores, and other building types.

The initiative creates a requirement for a yearly review of a building’s energy and water performance in order to determine how it changes over time in comparison to other, similar buildings. Benchmarking against similar buildings creates a measurable, achievable set of goals for a building’s utility reduction.

Reporting of energy and water use in large buildings will help building owners manage their utility use, decrease costs, and increase savings. It will also help pinpoint opportunities for energy and water-saving methodologies.

The first reporting deadline for the EWRB initiative is July 1st, 2018. Reports will be submitted through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The Ministry of Energy has provided a full list of data elements that will be required for the initiative, which are located here.

In 2018, only commercial buildings, including shopping centers and industrial buildings, over 250,000 ft2 will be required to submit their information for the 2017 calendar year. The Ministry of Energy published the full list of building types that will be required to report their utility use for the EWRB initiative.

The Ministry of Energy in Ontario plans to phase the initiative in over several years, increasing the number of buildings that benchmark their energy and water use by requiring smaller buildings to report each year. In 2018, only buildings over 250,000 ft2 will be required to report their 2017 data. In 2019, the sizing requirement will be lowered to 100,000 ft2, and multi-unit residential buildings with 10 or more units will also be required to report their 2018 data. By 2020, Ontario plans to have a majority of commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential buildings over 50,000 ft2 reporting their utility use and GHG emission intensity.

You can view all of the Ontario EWRB initiative information here.

Learn more about how Goby can assist your city benchmarking submissions here.

Chris Ogletree

Chris joined Goby as Inbound Marketing Coordinator in 2016, taking over generation and development of client-facing content, such as email campaigns, website administration, and marketing collateral. He has been an integral part in Goby's rebranding project and website redesign.

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