The Manitoba Race to Reduce Race Kit is a 10-step guide for introducing and implementing energy efficiency programming to key stakeholders.
When you register to participate in Manitoba Race to Reduce, you will receive your free Race Kit to guide you through the process of establishing a team, assessing your space, setting an energy reduction goal and then making it happen.
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One of the biggest barriers to commercial building energy efficiency is communication between landlords and tenants. You can learn ways to bridge the gap through the following resources:
As you strive to make your building more energy efficient, consider conducting an energy audit as a starting point toward reducing your building’s energy consumption and saving money on your energy bills and operating costs.
Conducting an energy audit helps identify exactly how and when your building uses energy. A building energy audit investigates which systems are consuming energy (e.g., electricity, natural gas) and can help determine if they are operating as intended. The audits typically identify opportunities for saving energy within the building, which can then guide an organization to prioritize upgrades or changes to the building’s schedules and processes.
Energy audits vary in depth depending on budget and project parameters set by the client.
There are a number of specialized energy consultants in Manitoba who can help with your energy audit needs. Consider contacting any of the following industry associations to find a consultant or contractor that will work for you:
ASHRAE Manitoba www.ashraemanitoba.ca
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba www.apegm.mb.ca
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Manitoba www.acec-mb.ca
Building Energy Management Manitoba www.bemm.ca
As with any project, we recommend you get multiple quotes/proposals prior to selecting a consultant and be sure to reference their past projects.
If you chose to undergo an energy audit, consider exploring Manitoba Hydro's Enhanced Building Operations Program as there may be incentives available to help cover a portion of these costs.
If an audit is not in your budget or not suitable for your building, there are still a number of ways to help identify energy saving opportunities within your building. See our Race kit for suggestions such as the 'Daytime Cleaning Toolkit' and 'Midnight Audit Toolkit'.
The intent of the Midnight Audit is to understand how the building operates and is maintained after normal business hours and to identify savings opportunities that can benefit the landlord and/or the tenant.
Green leases (also known as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.
Building leases lay out how energy costs are divided between tenants and owners. Often, these leases are not structured in a way that promotes energy savings. Under most gross leases, for example, tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage. Under most net leases, building owners have no incentive to invest in efficiency for their building systems because the operating expenses are passed through to tenants, who would therefore receive all of the energy cost savings.
Green leases promote energy efficiency by creating lease structures which equitably align the costs and benefits of efficiency investments between building owners and tenants.
For more information and resources on Green Leases, visit the Green Lease Library.
You can also download Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Green Leasing Tenant/Landlord Strategy for Energy Efficiency or Manitoba Race to Reduce's Mini Case Study on RBC's Green Leasing Standards (PDF) for an example of the benefits and lessons learned of Green Leases.
Daytime cleaning is a recognized best practice that involves scheduling janitorial services (excluding heavy duty cleaning) during regular business hours to reduce the need for after-hours lighting.
Download the Download the Daytime Cleaning Toolkit (.zip) for all of the resources you need to get started.
Below are a number of customizable Manitoba Race to Reduce materials to share with your tenants or landlords. If you have any suggestions for materials that you’d like us to create, please contact us.