ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings in Canada
ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® – Summer Updates
Introducing three new ENERGY STAR® Scores
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is excited to announce new ENERGY STAR scores for Worship Facilities, Bank Branches and Mail Centers/Post Offices in Canada in the August 2023 update of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. A 1‑100 ENERGY STAR score provides an “at-a-glance” reference that can help you assess how efficiently your building uses energy relative to similar buildings.
These new scores are a part of our ongoing effort to ensure the most up-to-date energy performance data comparability. They will provide meaningful comparability of the energy performance of your building to similar, and current, national building stock.
You can view the details on the new ENERGY STAR scores at your convenience by following the link below to pre-recorded webinars:
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ENERGY STAR® certification for commercial and institutional buildings is available in Canada. A building with this recognized symbol means it’s certified as energy efficient. Save energy, money, and protect our climate – find out how to achieve top energy performance!
Why certify your building?
- reduce operation costs
- increase asset value
- contribute fewer greenhouse gas emissions
- increase rental and occupancy rates
- gain ENERGY STAR recognition
Who can apply for ENERGY STAR certification?
Currently the following commercial and institutional building types can earn Natural Resources Canada’s ENERGY STAR certification and display the ENERGY STAR symbol:
Natural Resources Canada develops new scores on an annual basis, and your building type could be next.
Ready to apply?
Step 1: Register
Register for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool that requires no installation. The entire process is done within the tool.
Step 2: Benchmark your data
Benchmark your building with at least 12 consecutive months of metered energy data.
Step 4: Start the online application
Click “Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification” to complete the online application.
Step 5: Verify your application
Have a Licensed Professional (LP) conduct a site visit, verify the information in your application and sign it before submitting to NRCan. Visit The Canadian Licensed Professional’s Guide to ENERGY STAR certification for more information.
Step 6: Complete the online application
Upload a scanned copy of the signed application, and submit the application electronically to NRCan.
For more information, download How to Apply for ENERGY STAR certification in Canada (PDF – 672 KB).
Earn recognition for your building
Buildings that earn a score of 75 or higher and meet certain other eligibility criteria will receive:
- an official ENERGY STAR certificate from (NRCan)
- recognition on NRCan’s ENERGY STAR website
- NRCan’s ENERGY STAR promotional toolkit
Certification is given on an annual basis. Your building must maintain its high performance to be certified each year.
Win an ENERGY STAR Canada award for your building
Starting in 2021, the ENERGY STAR Canada Awards are recognizing the energy achievements of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and institutional buildings. Learn more about Canada’s exceptional energy efficiency champions!
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager 10th Anniversary Recognition Challenge
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, NRCan is offering a special, one-time recognition to all organizations that certify at least 5, 10, or 25 buildings for the 2023 certification year!
This special recognition opportunity is only available in 2023, so there’s never been a better time to certify.
The application period to join the 10th Anniversary Recognition Challenge will end on March 31, 2024.
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