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As of March 26/18 , as announced by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, the Energy Star Program has expanded to include certification for certain commercial and institutional buildings. Buildings now eligible for certification in Canada include the following seven building types: commercial offices, K-12 schools, hospitals, medical offices, senior care communities and residential care facilities, supermarket and food stores, ice/curling rinks. Natural Resources Canada will be developing new scores for additional building types on a progressive basis, so watch for this program to expand further in the future.

Owners and managers of many existing commercial/institutional buildings may now apply to have their buildings recognized as Energy Star Certified using energy benchmarking where they will be able to monitor, rate and optimize their buildings’ energy use. If building energy use can be measured, it can be controlled and thus managed.

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