TAF has launched a new decision support tool for municipal planners, the Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator – or BEE-Cal for short. The Excel-based tool allows users to calculate the estimated local impacts of various municipal energy efficiency options that range from tighter building standards to financial incentives and energy reporting.

The BEE-Cal provides a preliminary analysis that can help initiate or inform a dialogue around energy efficiency on the municipal level. In addition to estimating carbon emissions reductions, the BEE-Cal also gauges potential energy savings, local job creation, and improved social equity through a number of metrics.

The BEE-Cal allows users to:

  • Customize energy efficiency policies for a number of municipalities across Canada (through an embedded extensive database);
  • Compare potential impacts of different policies or groups of policies;
  • Estimate the potential benefits of energy efficiency policies;
  • Conduct a sensitivity analysis of a single policy using different impact levels, time length policy is in effect, and building types;
  • Assess whether a package of policies is sufficient to meet municipal goals or targets.

Please not that the BEE-Cal can only be used on Windows operating systems.

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The BEE-Cal is not just for policy makers and municipal planners, it’s also a great research tool and discussion starter for community groups and other stakeholders interested in city-level action on energy efficiency.

The BEE-Cal tool is part of TAF’s Building Value project and was made possible by the generous support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.