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Meet some of the ENERGY STAR® Firsts

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Meet some of the ENERGY STAR® Firsts

Registry of ENERGY STAR® certified buildings in Canada is now live!

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recognizes the most energy efficient commercial and institutional buildings in Canada with the ENERGY STAR certification.

If you would like your building to be featured in this registry, consider applying for ENERGY STAR certification for buildings and showcase your building's superior energy performance in Canada.

As ENERGY STAR certification for buildings now enters its second year, Heads Up Building Energy Efficiency takes a look at some of the first buildings in Canada to be ENERGY STAR certified.

Earth Rangers, Vaughan, Ontario

The Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology lives up to its name as one of the most state-of-the art buildings in Canada. Certified LEED Platinum in 2013, the Centre uses 90 percent less energy than a typical commercial building of its size (less than 9 kWh/sq. ft/year). It has a geothermal heating and cooling system and 30 percent of its electricity is produced by solar energy. The Centre—part of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's Living Campus in Vaughan, Ontario—is an educational hub for school groups all around the region. It also serves as a demonstration site for best practices in building technologies and operations; for example, the building uses three different roofing types to test green, white, and eco shingle roofs.

Ordnance Building, Saint John, New Brunswick

For a building that has been part of Saint John's history since the 1840s, and survived the Great Fire of 1877 that destroyed much of the city, the Ordnance Building is not showing its age. A National Historic Site since 2009, the building was retrofitted to reduce energy consumption and turned into professional offices. Heritage buildings can often be more challenging to retrofit for energy efficiency, due to their age and the materials used, as well as the need to retain important historical elements.

"We're thrilled to have the Ordnance Building recognized as one of the most energy efficient in Canada," says Paul Moore, General Manager, Commercial Properties. "Environmental responsibility and sustainability have always been hugely important for our company, and we're pleased to have gained even more recognition of our efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings."

ENERGY STAR certification for the Civic Centre demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.

I am excited and proud of our team and the energy efficiencies we have achieved. Every opportunity to save energy and cut down on consumption helps reduce the impact on our environment and saves money. It makes good environmental and business sense.

Bonnie Crombie
Mayor of Mississauga

Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

The City of Mississauga is no stranger to energy efficiency accolades. It won the 2015 Town Hall Challenge and is one of Natural Resource's Circle of Champions. It has now become one of the first municipal city halls to earn ENERGY STAR certification for buildings. To become certified, applicants must achieve a score of at least 75 out of 100 and have their data verified by a licensed professional. The Civic Centre scored 89, and over the last six years, has reduced its energy use by 17 percent. 

Cadillac Fairview, Toronto and Montreal

Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest commercial real estate companies in Canada. Its 68 properties include landmark developments like the Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre, CF Chinook Centre, and CF Carrefour Laval.  Building on its own Energy Smart Operations program—a multi-pronged energy reduction initiative—it can add ENERGY STAR certification to three of its buildings: the Yonge Corporate Centre, Simcoe Place in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal.

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