PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE IS EASY!

  1. 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
  2. Carefully read the Participant’s Guide.
  3. 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.
  4. You have until February 28 each year to enter your energy data and officialize your participation for the previous year.See page 6 of the Participant’s Guide for details.
  5. Once you have completed steps 1 and 3, your participation becomes official and your Participant’s Kit becomes available in the Participants Zone.
  6. If you wish to file for the Collaboration award, download the Collaboration form to submit your candidacy.


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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.

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. The 5 possible categories of participation are: Energy performance improvement, GHG Target, Collaboration, Mobilization (suppliers) and Resilience.

Eligible buildings

  • Office buildings
  • Retail businessesl
  • Multi-residential buildings
  • Buildings in health care
  • Mixed use buildings
  • Universal Buildings
  • Education Sector Buildings

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA .
– Be registered as a participant in the Building Energy Challenge.
– Sharing your building’s ESPM account with the BEC
– Duly entering energy data for 2019 and 2020 before February 28, 2021.
– Responding to the questionnaire for validating the data (to be sent after February 28) within the prescribed time frame.

EVALUATION CRITERIA.
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.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
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 February 28.

AWARD FOR REACHING GHG TARGET

 

Reducing greenhouse emissions is the underlying premise for the competition. By 2021 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 2021 will be compared with the GHG level recorded in 2018. The winners will be determined based on the percentage rate of GHG reduction achieved.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA .
– Be registered in the Building Energy Challenge.
– Sharing your building’s ESPM account with the BEC
– Entering energy consumption data for 2018 and 2021 before February 28, 2022.
– Responding to the questionnaire for validating data (to be sent after February 28, 2022) within the prescribed time frame.

EVALUATION CRITERIA.
Winners will be determined based on the percentage of GHG reduction achieved between 2018 and 2021. The BEC target is a reduction of at least 10%.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
The Awards will be attributed based on the data in ESPM.
Awards for this category will only be given in Year 4 of the Challenge, during the final awards celebration night in 2022.

COLLABORATION AWARD

 

The COLLABORATION Award highlights collaborations between landlords and tenants that lead to mutually beneficial results. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated collaborative efforts to bring together and mobilize one or more stakeholders around energy efficiency and sustainability issues. Outstanding leaders will clearly show to the commercial real estate community that collaboration and dialogue lead to real improvements in building energy performance. Here are a few examples of collaborative tactics employed in this category:

– Development of energy efficient rental premises
– “Responsible Energy” communication programs
– Optimizing operations in order to reduce energy consumption
– Proactive energy efficiency policies

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA .
– Nominations must be related to a building or a group of buildings registered in the BEC, and all mandatory fields in the application must be duly completed.
– Provide the following information (maximum 500 words):

1) Description of the collaborative efforts implemented.
2)Description of lessons learned.

– Complete the application form by February 28, 2021.

EVALUATION CRITERIA.
Collaboration between owners and tenants is an essential aspect of the competition. Demonstrating practical collaboration plays an important role when evaluating submissions. Judges examine efforts that illustrate a collaborative spirit between owners and tenants.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
Submit your application and your collaboration strategy by means of the online form available by clicking here.

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA .
– Submit your application by February 28, 2021, listing the buildings registered in the BEC where you collaborated on a project between January 1 and December 31, 2020. The information submitted will be verified.
– Include a brief description of your collaboration in each building (maximum 30 words).

EVALUATION CRITERIA.
The award is given to the organization that collaborated with the greatest number of buildings taking part in the BEC in 2020.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
Participating firms must complete the participation form and download the documentation requested before February 28, 2021,by clicking here.

RESILIENCE AWARD

 

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA .
– 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 2019 and 2020.
– Responding to the questionnaire for validating the data (that will be sent to you after February 28) within the prescribed time period.

EVALUATION CRITERIA.
The award is given to the organization that collaborated with the greatest number of buildings taking part in the BEC in 2020.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND EVALUATION CRITERIA.
The COVID-19 Award will be attributed based on the ESPM data and the answers to the validation questionnaire to be sent to all participants after February 28.

An appreciation evening will be organized each year to reward the winners.

The first recognition evening will be held in Spring 2020, in Montreal.
A grand gala will be held in 2022 to unveil and reward the buildings champions.

 

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Important note to participants: You must have an account on the Energy Star Portfolio Manager platform to participate in the IAD. If you do not have one yet, you need to create it and enter your data to formalize your participation in the IAD. It is easy and free. To help you, a Participant Guide is available above for download.

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Collaboration award
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Qualitative form to be completed by property managers and tenants who participate jointly in the BEC and who demonstrate ongoing collaboration.

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