In spring of 2015, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the City of Toronto concluded a Best Practices Summit followed by a series of policy workshops around energy and water reporting and benchmarking (EWRB). Various stakeholders and industry experts collected their insights aimed at a shaping a Toronto-specific EWRB model. In June of 2015, The Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter submitted a letter of support to Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee, who was poised to have City Council enact a by-law and corresponding implementation plan. Through subsequent discussions led by an array of local actors, Ontario stepped forward to develop a Provincial proposal for EWRB.
By fall of 2015, the Province put forward amendments (Bill 135 Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016) to the Green Energy Act, 2009 that would enable the MOE’s proposed large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative. These amendments would require large building owners to publicly report verified energy and water usage, and building information. Additionally, utility companies would be required to release data related to energy and water use to building owners. In early 2016, further details to these requirements were provided in a final draft form of Bill 135. Ontario’s largest buildings potentially would be required to report for the first time in winter 2017, with smaller properties to be included incrementally in the following years.
Learn more about Building Energy Benchmarking in our upcoming spring edition of Toronto FOCUS!
The OGPH is a project of the Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter and responds to the needs of Ontario municipalities interested in sustainable policy development. The OGPH was developed by the Chapter's Municipal Leaders Forum (MLF) and is administered by the Chapter as a companion product to the Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter's Sustainable Communities Toolkit.
The Municipal Leader's Forum (MLF) is an initiative of the Chapter and recognizes the important role of Municipalities in terms of providing leadership in policy and practice in the area of sustainable design and development.