Building Value


Multi-unit residential and institutional buildings comprise about a billion square metres of floor space, consume nearly 2,000 PJ of energy at a cost of about $35 billion annually, and account for about a fifth of total secondary energy use. For instance, large residential buildings alone represent 10 percent of energy load and GHG emissions in urban centres, like Toronto. The Building Value project focuses on strategically reducing emissions in multi-unit residential buildings.


The Building Value program will identify and advance the key tools, policies, and working relationships needed to cost-effectively reduce the building sector’s national GHG emissions. This includes:

  • Developing publicly-accessible case studies, tools, resources, and best practices to better establish the imperative for, and opportunities of, energy efficiency
  • Mobilizing private capital across Canada by sharing lessons and best practices in incubating social ventures and further advancing retrofit financing options in the commercial sector
  • Identifying and advocating for high-impact policies and quantifying the national GHG reductions impact of these policies
  • Increasing multi-sector and cross-Canada collaboration on energy efficiency, thereby “turning up the volume” on the issue and opportunities

View “Benefits of Energy Efficiency” infographic developed by TAF and Pembina Institute