Comments on the Province of Ontario's “Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan”
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) supports the Province of Ontario in its goals to protect the environment, reduce GHG emissions and create economic opportunity. Green buildings are one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as save money for Ontario homeowners and businesses. Buildings represent significant potential for economic growth through innovation, investments and job creation. The Ontario building industry is one of the most advanced and capable in the world as demonstrated by their achievements, including the uptake of voluntary LEED and Zero Carbon Building certifications. The industry continues to be strongly interested in pushing forward with higher levels of performance. Read more here.
Equipping Canada’s labour force with the skills required for designing, constructing and maintaining low-carbon building infrastructure is critical to achieving a greener economy and to reducing Canada’s emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. We are pleased to support Canada’s green building industry with a new report, Trading Up: Equipping Ontario Trades with the Skills of the Future, aimed at facilitating a low carbon workforce transition. Read more here.
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!