TAF has been integral to the process of developing Toronto’s Energy Reporting and Benchmarking (ERB) commitment, beginning with this background report in 2014. TAF’s 2014 Dan Leckie Forum brought together stakeholders from the real-estate sector, utilities, academia, and all three levels of government to assess the merits of an energy reporting and benchmarking policy for Toronto. Based on the positive response at the Forum, TAF’s board councillors advanced a motion to develop the by-law, and TAF staff provided expert advice and deputed in favour of the bylaw at two Parks and Environment Committee meetings. TAF also committed to offsetting bylaw implementation costs with a grant of $192,376, and has been a core participant on the City’s implementation working group.
Already in place in many U.S. jurisdictions, an ERB mandates that the energy consumed in large buildings be publicly reported and benchmarked against similar buildings. Energy reporting policies are one of the most effective means to driving down energy consumption on a city-wide scale. Recently, the Province announced it will adopt an Ontario-wide policy, and the City will wait until 2015 year-end to implement its own plan if the Province does not move forward.
With funding from TAF, the Canadian Green Building Council also created a national energy reporting and benchmarking framework guide. Download the white paper here.