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Efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) Operation during a Pandemic: Self-evaluation Tool and Guide

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Natural Resources Canada has developed this voluntary, self-assessment Tool to provide feedback on the impact of your HVAC strategies during and after pandemics. It highlights key areas and best practices for efficient HVAC operation during these times and help your operations team to respond with greater confidence. More specifically, the following assessment and guidance will:

  1. Emphasize the Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) approach and its application to help owners undertake HVAC operation changes. NRCan’s 4-phase EBCx process can often achieve savings of 10 to 15%, as well as other non-energy benefits.
  2. Highlight where HVAC operation can be improved to meet energy efficiency best practices without compromising current pandemic HVAC operations guidelines.
  3. Provide resources and references that can help guide you in determining an enhanced HVAC operations strategy and plan during a pandemic.


Natural Resources Canada would like to thank the following organizations for their assistance during the development of the tool:

Energy@Work Inc., Technosim, and the numerous organizations that have provided comments guidance and improvement suggestions.


This tool and accompanying data are copyright of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada (2021). Duplication in any manner is forbidden without prior written permission, which may be obtained by contacting the Office of Energy Efficiency. © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (Natural Resources Canada 2021).

Disclaimer & Indemnification

This tool is provided on an “as is” basis. Natural Resources Canada makes no guarantees, representations, or warranties respecting the Tool, either express or implied, arising by law or otherwise, including but not limited to effectiveness, completeness, accuracy, or fitness for a particular purpose.

Natural Resources Canada shall not be liable in respect of any claim, demand or action, irrespective of the nature of the cause of the claim, demand or action alleging any loss, injury or damages, direct or indirect, which may result from use of this tool  Natural Resources Canada shall not be liable in any way for loss of revenue or contracts, or any other consequential loss of any kind resulting from use of this tool.

This tool is distributed for informational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Canada nor constitute an endorsement of any commercial product or person. The recipient of this tool shall indemnify and save harmless Natural Resources Canada, and its employees contractors, agents and suppliers, from and against, and shall be responsible for all claims, demands, losses, costs, including solicitor and client costs, damages, action suits or proceedings, arising out of, related to, or occasioned by any use of this tool by the recipient.

Natural Resources Canada shall have the right to defend any such action or proceeding with counsel of its own selection.

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