The fundamentals of high energy efficiency schools lie in design standards, commissioning, operations, building automation and organizational alignment.
We are excited to once again report on energy conservation potential of Ontario school boards, this time including all of the province’s school boards.
York Catholic District School Board is the most energy efficient school board in Ontario, from among the 45 school boards analyzed for our project with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Take a look at their estimated savings potential and other Top Ten board profiles at Sustainable Schools. These are the school boards with energy use intensity closest to the target (based on good performance standards from the Sustainable Schools database), that is, with the lowest energy savings potential.
We’re excited to announce that Toronto and Region Conservation will be publishing the Top Energy Performing Boards report at the end of June, as part of the Sustainable Schools program. For this project we analyzed data posted by 45 school boards (which represent almost three-quarters of all schools in Ontario) as a requirement of Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Every school has been assessed, adjusting for weather and school-specific variables, to establish its energy savings potential relative to good performance standards from the Sustainable Schools national database. The savings potential for all individual schools has been rolled up to arrive at our ranking of the top ten boards.
Industry Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), introduced in 2009, was a two-year, $2-billion investment in renovations and new facilities at universities and colleges across Canada. Enerlife was retained to evaluate energy savings in these buildings and to document their design characteristics and modeled energy usage.
Recommendations for the next generation of energy conservation programming in Ontario.
On September 18, 2009, following extensive research and consultation, the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) announced the 20 by ’15 national energy consumption target for office buildings. The goal of REALpac’s 20 by ’15 initiative is to achieve the target of 20 equivalent kilowatt hours of total energy use per square foot of rentable area per year (20 ekWh/ft2/year), in office buildings, by the year 2015.