Enerlife has developed and manages energy conservation programs for a wide variety of organizations, spanning multiple building sectors: municipal, commercial, institutional, multi-unit residential, social housing, and retail. Some of the organizations we work with include Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Greening Health Care, Mayors’ Megawatt Challenge and Sustainable Schools – all programs of TRCA’s The Living City Initiative), Canada Green Building Council (national pilot projects), and City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal Office.
Greening Health Care
Enerlife provides technical direction for Greening Health Care, a collaborative program for hospitals launched in 2003. Hospitals work together to lower their energy costs, raise their environmental performance and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities. Members manage data, assess their performance and track savings using a powerful online system developed by Enerlife. We develop and deliver workshops and webinars at which members share knowledge and best practices to help them plan, implement and verify improvements.
Mayors' Megawatt Challenge
The Mayors’ Megawatt Challenge program has been bringing together leading municipalities since 2003. Enerlife has helped found and provides technical direction for this program, in which members work to achieve exceptional levels of energy and environmental performance in municipal facilities. Participating municipalities benefit from benchmarking against comparable facilities across the sector, using the online system developed by Enerlife. They identify their savings potential and monitor improvements over time, have access to peer and industry expert networks through webinars and events, share tools and best practices, and achieve recognition for initiatives and energy performance improvements. In 2011, MMC introduced the Town Hall Challenge, which engaged cities and towns from eight provinces in identifying and recognizing some of the most energy efficient city and town halls in Canada.
Since 2008, Toronto & Region Conservation’s Sustainable Schools program has been researching and reporting on the energy efficiency and conservation potential in Ontario’s schools. Enerlife is responsible for technical direction of this initiative, using our performance-based conservation methodology to establish rational, site-specific energy targets for individual schools. In 2015 the program ranked the overall energy efficiency and savings potential of 45 school boards from across Ontario, based on individual analysis of their schools and administration buildings.
The 2016 Top Energy Performing School Boards Report will be released in spring of 2016, and will include every board in Ontario, with the top 10 boards announced and recognized on the program website. The resulting knowledge is also intended for use by local distribution companies and gas utilities across Ontario to help meet their own conservation targets while enabling their school boards to maximize their energy, utility cost and emissions savings.
Canada Green Building Council
The City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal program encompasses several project areas, one of which focuses on sustainable energy, water and waste practices in Toronto’s concrete apartment towers. A program was developed by Tower Renewal Office to allow property managers to improve their efficiency levels with an incremental approach starting with preparing and planning and then increasing to leadership status. Enerlife and Tower Renewal work together to help building managers in the preparation stages through analyzing and reporting on the actual energy, water and waste use when benchmarked against other apartment buildings.