As we drive to higher density communities in an effort to reduce energy and emissions, the following study highlights the need for granular data when assessing the overall impacts.
Sprawl is not sustainable. That’s the basic assumption shaping high-rises, infill developments, and master plans in cities around the world—not to mention a guiding principle of this publication.
But a new report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat challenges one of the central tenets of urbanism from a few unexpected angles. Comparing the daily patterns household-to-household, researchers found that certain transportation habits and overall energy use can be more environmentally efficient in suburban housing than residential high-rises.
To date, most research into urban sustainability—in terms of, say, gasoline guzzled, miles traveled, and water, heat and electricity consumption—has not examined household data in such granular detail. Studies that have generally concluded that suburbs are less efficient “are not building studies, but urban scale studies,” said Antony Wood, the executive director of the CTBUH and research professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. “It’s urban Chicago versus total Chicago.”
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The possibility of a nearly eight per cent hike in Manitoba Hydro rates could lead to thousands of dollars in extra expenses for hockey arenas and recreation complexes across Manitoba — costs that could be passed down to local taxpayers.
Manitoba's Public Utilities Board is reviewing a Manitoba Hydro interim rate increase from earlier in the year and a requested 7.9 per cent increase in April 2018.
Manning said the complex — which features an ice rink, curling rink, community hall and other amenities — is currently using about $59,000 in electricity per year. Combined with surcharges for peak-demand usage, Manning said it could cost another $10,000 per year to keep the electricity on if the rate increase is approved.
"We're already trying to do our best to try and manage what we have," he said, calling the proposed hike a "kick in the teeth."
Facility upgrades only go so far In Killarney — another town in southwestern Manitoba — even a small increase could affect the arena's bottom line.
"It has a significant impact on us," said Brian Lepoudre, recreation manager for the Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain.
Lepoudre said his Killarney complex has tried to make changes to be energy efficient. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)
Lepoudre said the facility he manages, which houses the town's hockey and curling rinks, bowling alley, a fitness centre, and a large hall, has about $100,000 in utility costs per year. He too could be looking at trying to find another $10,000 in the budget if Manitoba Hydro's rates go up.
He said while the facility has made energy-efficient upgrades, like installing LED lights, there's only so much they can do.
Costs going up"Our costs are going to go up," he said. "We can only afford so much.… There becomes a limit of what we can afford."
Lepoudre said with no funding from the provincial or federal governments, added costs will fall to local governments.
He's banking on the facility hosting more and diverse events to help cover some of the costs, like the 2018 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which will be hosted in Killarney in January.
But he said a hike to user fees or cuts to programming could be on the table.
The Shamrock Centre in Killarney, Man., hosts many events throughout the year, but officials are hoping to book even more to help offset rising utility costs. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)
Manitoba Hydro has said it is facing "exceptional circumstances" due to mounting debt and needs annual increases of 7.9 per cent every year until 2023-24.
Some groups, like those representing First Nations and low-income Manitobans, have said the increase is too much, too fast.
"We have to start looking at some form of provincial grant or bursary," Manning said. "We're just not going to be able to keep up."
"Anything that they can give us as a way to facilitate the cost increase would be beneficial."
The Shamrock Centre in Killarney, Man., will play host to the 2018 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts in January. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)
Lepoudre said he'd like to see lots of notice given before any rates are hiked so boards and municipalities have plenty of time to budget.
"It's getting tougher and tougher to be able to cover the costs," said Lepoudre. "Our message is we're struggling already to keep our costs down. This is going to make it even more difficult."
With files from Kelly Malone and Radio Noon
NRCan has contracted with a consulting firm to conduct an energy consumption survey for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) to close a data gap that currently exists. The survey results will be used to develop an additional building type to add to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool.
The survey will be conducted in the following eight cities: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa/Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver and the survey will collect factual data on building characteristics and energy consumption for the calendar year 2017. The survey will be out for collection from May to August 2018.
Your participation is important! If you receive a request to participate in the survey, please share your building’s data and help us improve knowledge related to energy efficiency in the MURBs sector.
For further information on the survey, please contact Kathy Jackson Fong, Survey Manager, at email@example.com or at 343-292-6331.
Manitoba Race to Reduce is a unique energy reduction challenge that involves collaboration between commercial building landlords and tenants to encourage smart energy use. The program provides a plan of action, a tool kit of technical advice and relevant case study intelligence to help organizations increase awareness of their energy use; measure and monitor their energy use; and change the way they operate equipment to increase energy efficiency. The objective is to reduce participants’ energy consumption by 10% over four years. Manitoba Race to Reduce is…
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As new buildings continue to be built to LEED standards, existing buildings that do not implement green/energy retrofit projects, will increasingly struggle to maintain rents and occupancy levels. Those who take the business as usual approach, will see asset values dropping against their peers.
Increasingly, property management firms are being pressured to find new ways to maximize profits and the asset valuation of their commercial and industrial facilities. Many implement cosmetic solutions as they are easily identifiable. However, a commonly overlooked approach is the investment in green/energy efficiency projects.
Energy consumption within a facility, represents one of the largest expenses a facility owner contends with.
Energy efficiency projects are a great solution for increasing asset value as most organizations can achieve annual energy savings between 2-10 percent. Which begs the question, Why are so many property managers and owners apprehensive about addressing this strategy aggressively?
When polled, two of the most common responses to this question are;
1. Lack of knowledge or understanding of energy conservation opportunities and benefits.
2. Inability to fund projects.
*Almost 50% of energy efficiency projects fail to be implemented due to capital budget.
Tenants want real estate with lower leasing rates, and a significantly growing number of organizations are implementing leasing policies mandating environmentally friendly spaces. Consumers and employees are increasingly seeking to associate with organizations that are environmentally responsible. All adding to the value proposition of implementing energy efficiency projects which increases asset value.
Recent studies identify that when well researched green/energy efficiency projects where implement resulted in the following metrics:
So, where should you start?
Before projects are implemented, we must understand our facilities energy profile so that intelligent and strategic decisions are made in relation to our goals. ASHRAE Level energy audits, are a great starting point as they identify the where, when, why and what of your facilities energy profile. Not only does the ASHRAE level energy audit provide energy conservation measures, but details key financial indicators such as IRR and NPV. Setting the stage for selecting solutions that directly affect the bottom line and increase asset value.
The study results above indicate 77% of facilities gather energy data from their utility bills. While this metric provides an overview of energy consumption, it does not help the organization understand a facilities energy breakdown. Therefore optimizing the assets performance cannot be achieved.
To maximize your facilities performance over the life of the asset, implementing an energy management information system (EMIS) is paramount. The energy management information system provides real-time energy analytics at the device level, providing invaluable details of your facilities areas of energy waste. Additionally, the energy management information system provides continuous measurement and verification ensuring life long performance optimization of the asset.
As the saying goes, you cannot manage what you do not measure!
Thankfully with the push for greener more environmentally friendly facilities, alternative funding sources for energy efficiency projects are becoming more readily available. These new funding sources eliminate the capital budget constraint of decision-makers, enabling them to now strategically implement social and profit-conscious decisions related to their assets.
Implementing 1 or both of these solutions will make measurable differences within your asset. The best thing you can do, is pick one and start the process.
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xCalibur Group's 40 year old multi-use facility was faced with high energy consumption, reduced thermal comfort and inadequate indoor air quality. xCalibur's mission was to increase the efficiency of its aged facility and bring the indoor environment comfort level in concert with green building principles.
Working through Nativus Energy's 4 step plan, the facility has been upgraded with a Systemair ERV (energy recovery ventilator) controlled by demand ventilation to meet indoor air quality levels as set forth in ASHRAE 62.1- 2007. For heating and cooling, the facility was outfitted with a VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system that utilizes heat recovery for further energy and increased thermal comfort.
xCalibur has begun the retrofit of its lighting systems with LED's to further reduce its energy demand. With a desire to do more, Nativus Energy has developed a thermal and solar PV solution to further assist xCalibur in expanding it sustainable building approach.