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A few months ago Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced that the EPA’s well-known Energy Star label would now be available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings for the first time. The Minister challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of Energy Star label benefits and to be the first to apply to earn the certification. To date there are already more than 80 buildings all across Canada that have been certified to use the mark.

Most Canadians recognize the blue ENERGY STAR brand due to its widespread use on energy saving products. NRCan says it means you’ll save energy and money without any sacrifices in performance. Certification for buildings involves knowing metrics for your building’s energy use, water use and waste.

Buildings now eligible for certification in Canada include commercial offices, K–12 schools, hospitals, medical offices, senior care communities, residential care facilities, supermarkets, food stores, ice and curling rinks. Additional building types to be added over time.

The certification process is fairly simple. Applicants create an account using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager software, register their building and enter relevant building data. If the building is green enough to earn a score of 75 out 100 possible points, it’s eligible and the building owner can apply for the certification label.

Once approved, building owners may use the logo in marketing for their company and applicable properties.  The EPA provides a package of marketing templates that have been pre-produced, including logos, social media and web material, a brochure, some posters, press release an audio message and a video animation.

LINKS

Certification process:

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/buildings/energy-benchmarking/building/20258

Energy Star Portfoilo Manager:

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/buildings/energy-benchmarking/3693

EPA marketing package:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/about-us/how-can-we-help-you/communicate/energy-star-communications-toolkit/earn-energy-star