Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
On February 6, 2017 Ontario Regulation 20/17, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use was filed and published on e-Laws. The regulation outlines what building owners and utilities must do to comply with Ontario's Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative. The regulation will come into force on July 1, 2017.
The regulation was enabled by the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016, which came into force on July 1, 2016, and which included amendments to the Green Energy Act, 2009 that provide for implementation of the initiative through regulation.
Links to the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016, Green Energy Act, 2009 and Ontario Regulation 20/17, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use are available below as part of this notice. Links to Ontario's EWRB webpage and Regulation Guidelines are also available below as part of this notice, which provide further detail regarding the Large Building EWRB regulation and its implementation.
February 25, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
Large building owners can play an important role in helping Ontario meet its conservation and GHG reduction objectives through EWRB.
Buildings accounted for 19% of Ontario's total GHG emissions in 2013.
Codes and standards regulate the energy consumption of new buildings, however, measures are needed to improve the efficiency of existing buildings.
The largest barrier to making existing buildings more efficient is that many building owners/managers do not measure and track energy performance.
Building owners/managers must first understand how much energy and water is being used in order to identify where improvements can be made.
Lack of publicly available building performance information prevents property and financial markets from comparing building performance and valuing efficient buildings, limiting market forces that can drive efficiency investments.
Reporting and disclosure is a low-cost market-based policy tool to help overcome these barriers.
This information can also reveal new insights about energy and water use patterns in the province to inform future policies and programs.