The Conservation Fund provides financial support for innovative electricity conservation technologies, practices, research, and programs that will help Ontario reach its long-term energy conservation goals.
GLOBE's pilot program helps social housing managers and operators track their buildings’ energy consumption
GLOBE's pilot program is designed to help social housing managers and operators track their buildings’ energy consumption
Saving energy costs in Ontario's social housing sector
Millions of dollars are spent annually on utilities in the social housing sector, where funding is scarce and waitlists are long. The problem is that it’s hard to improve energy management when you don't know how much energy your buildings use.
About the Project
In 2012, GLOBE began a pilot program designed to help social housing managers and operators track their buildings’ energy consumption and create consumption benchmarks.
Collaborating with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the company created a database using a program called Portfolio Manager. The database now includes a full two years of utility consumption information, provided voluntarily by the owners or managers of a pool of 200 small to medium sized mid- and high-rise social housing buildings across the province.
With that information, GLOBE will be able to make two important comparisons: how a particular building performs compared to itself month-to-month or year-to-year, and how that same building performs compared to other, similar buildings.
The GLOBE pilot has the potential to benefit more than just the energy efficiency of a building. It also benefits the people who live in the improved, more energy-efficient units, and the building operators, allowing them to use the money they would ordinarily spend on energy more constructively.