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2016 News and Information

Richmond’s Building Energy Challenge cuts GHG emissions

24 March 2016

Richmond businesses and organizations are joining in the fight against climate change.  Participants in the first year of the City of Richmond’s Building Energy Challenge reduced energy use by 8 per cent and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 13.5 per cent.

businessenergychallengeThe Building Energy Challenge is a friendly competition between commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings to reduce their energy use over the course of a year. As part of the Challenge, the City provides training, services and tools for building owners, managers and operators to reduce energy spending and emissions in their facilities.

The City recognized leading participants at a Council meeting on March 14. Mayor Malcolm Brodie presented three leading organizations with certificates acknowledging their exceptional energy savings over Year 1 of the program:

  •  Westran Intermodal Transport (with energy management assistance from Port Metro Vancouver) – 49 per cent year over year energy reduction
  • Palmer Secondary School and Quilchena Elementary School (School District 38) – 34 per cent and 32 per cent energy reduction
  • Airport Executive Park Building 2 (Bentall Kennedy property management) – 28 per cent energy reduction

In total, 34 organizations representing more than 100 buildings, including 5.6 million square feet of building space, participated in Year One of the Building Energy Challenge.

The City is inviting commercial, institutional and multifamily property owners to register in Year Two of the Challenge. The program provides:

  •  Assistance tracking their performance with Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an online tool for comparing annual consumption over 2016 to the previous year.
  •  Energy Coaches who will help building operations staff benchmark energy use and identify energy improvements in their facilities.
  • Training opportunities, including incentives to participate in energy management training offered by the BC Building Owner and Managers Association, Natural Resources Canada, and other organizations.

Interested organizations can learn more and register at, or by contacting or calling (604) 255-5734

The Building Energy Challenge is generously supported by BC Hydro Power Smart, FortisBC and the City of Richmond.