PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE IS EASY!
- In order to participate, the first step consists of registering your building on this website. The participation form is at the bottom of this page
- Carefully read the Participant’s Guide.
- Go to the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager platform to create your account and share it with BEC. If you already have an account, use it and share it with BEC.
- You have until May 31 each year to enter your energy data and officialize your participation for the previous year. See the Participant’s Guide for details.
- Once you have completed steps 1 and 3, your participation becomes official and your Participant’s Kit becomes available in the Participants Zone.
BEC uses the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager platform to measure and monitor the energy performance of buildings. It provides a snapshot of your building’s progress from one year to the next. This simple, free tool is available online. Enter your energy consumption data, and you’ll be able to monitor your building’s consumption of electricity, natural gas and water, as well as its greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star® tool is used for data collection. The Energy Star ® rating will not be considered.
- Office buildings
- Retail businessesl
- Multi-residential buildings
- Buildings in health care
- Mixed use buildings
- Universal Buildings
- Education Sector Buildings
Five levels of recognitionto optimize participation
Several performance measures and award categories are defined as part of the Challenge. They were designed to foster cooperation, excellence and perseverance of the participants.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT AWARD
In this category the percentage reduction of a building’s energy intensity will be compared in order to identify the buildings that reduced energy consumption by the greatest amount last year, as compared to the previous year. Buildings will be grouped and compared with other buildings with a similar vocation, surface area and energy consumption, and will compete with each other. The winners are those with the greatest reduction of energy consumption in their category.
– Be registered as a participant in the Building Energy Challenge. – Sharing your building’s ESPM account with the BEC – Duly entering energy data for 2022 before May 31, 2023. – Responding to the questionnaire for validating the data (to be sent after May 31) within the prescribed time frame.
The winners will be those who have reduced their energy consumption the most in their category. The categories group together buildings of similar energy intensity and size in order to be as comparable as possible.
The Awards will be attributed based on the ESPM data and the answers to the validation questionnaire, which will be sent to all participants after May 31.
AWARD FOR REACHING GHG TARGET
Reducing greenhouse emissions is the underlying premise for the competition. By 2025 all participants will have a target of reducing GHGs in their buildings by at least 10% below the level recorded when they registered for the BEC. For this competition, the greenhouse emissions for buildings in 2025 will be compared with the GHG level recorded in 2022. The winners will be determined based on the percentage rate of GHG reduction achieved.
– Be registered in the Building Energy Challenge. – Sharing your building’s ESPM account with the BEC – Entering energy consumption data for 2022 before May 31, 2023. – Responding to the questionnaire for validating data (to be sent after May 31, 2023) within the prescribed time frame.
Winners will be determined based on the percentage of GHG reduction achieved between 2022 and 2025. The BEC target is a reduction of at least 10%.
The Awards will be attributed based on the data in ESPM. Awards for this category will only be given in Year 4 of the 2.0 Challenge, during the final awards celebration night in 2026.
MOBILIZATION AWARD – SUPPLIERS
Consulting firms and energy professionals can also take part in the Building Energy Challenge!
The BEC honours efforts made by these professionals to improve the energy performance of buildings. They are crucial contributors to the success of energy transition. They are present at every stage in the life of a building, providing support to managers and their ongoing energy improvement projects.
We wish to encourage key players in the milieu to highlight their expertise and their efforts to support energy transition in commercial buildings across Quebec.
– Submit your application by May 31, 2023, listing the buildings registered in the BEC where you collaborated on a project between January 1 and December 31, 2022. The information submitted will be verified. – Include a brief description of your collaboration in each building (maximum 30 words).
The award is given to the organization that collaborated with the greatest number of buildings taking part in the BEC.
Participating firms must complete the participation form and download the documentation requested before May 31.
This award acknowledges the efforts of building managers to ensure sound operational management of their buildings during the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and for also continuing to pursue the objectives of the BEC to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during the pandemic.
– Be registered as a participant in the Building Energy Challenge. – Sharing your building’s ESPM account with the BEC. – Duly entering your energy data for 2022. – Responding to the questionnaire for validating the data (that will be sent to you after May 31) within the prescribed time period.
The award is given to the organization that collaborated with the greatest number of buildings taking part in the BEC in 2022.
An recognition evening will be organized each year to reward the winners.
The next Recognition Gala of the 2nd edition will take place in Fall 2023 to unveil and reward the champion buildings.