2013 Winners

On December 5, the third annual Race to Reduce Awards, hosted by Ben Mulroney, host of CTV’s ETALK, were held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 200 senior leaders – building owners, managers, tenants and employees –attended the event to recognize Race participants from a range of building types, sizes and ages throughout the Toronto region.  Awards were given in the categories of Team Excellence, Energy Champion, and Building Performance. View photos from the night here.

Congratulations to all our winners!

In addition to the award winners, collectively, Race to Reduce participants reduced their energy consumption by nine per cent, nearing their goal two years ahead of schedule! What an amazing achievement made by the Region’s landlords and tenants.

Read the full news release here.

TEAM EXCELLENCE

Recognizes the energy reduction efforts that come with active and sustained landlord and tenant collaboration. This is a significant award in the Race to Reduce because it recognizes that our collective success in energy reduction is directly related to the strength of landlord-tenant collaboration.

Rogers Communications Inc. is being recognized for a cultural / behavioural project. Rogers Energy and Carbon Reduction (ECR) subcommittee is sponsored by the VP of Corporate Real Estate, chaired by the Director of Environment & Sustainability, and includes senior representatives from Rogers’ four business lines, collectively representing the tenants of Rogers’ building portfolio.  Through expansive collaborative efforts the sub-committee increased their understanding of efforts in place to curtail energy growth by taking on the large scale and complex task of defining 12 “building types” across 200 buildings.  They have also collaborated internally to share best practices arising from capital projects, and externally with industry groups to explore energy saving opportunities on an on-going basis.  The result has been more effective monitoring of energy performance, as well as improved business case intelligence.

The award for a capital or operating project was given to Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP and RBC. The Bentall Kennedy and RBC partnership has demonstrated a high level of commitment with their Building Team since its formation eight years ago.  Representatives from Bentall Kennedy, RBC, and RBC’s Facility Management Provider CBRE Limited, make up the team that has successfully controlled energy consumption despite building intensification.  Team members have a strong understanding of the other’s responsibilities and constraints as demonstrated through the recognition of mutual energy reduction opportunities or recognizing the optimal time to make a business case for capital intensive upgrades. The result has been a steady improvement in EnergyStar scores.  As implementation of projects continues, cultural change is taking place too, with staff recognizing the role they play in energy conservation.

ENERGY CHAMPION

Recognizes superior industry leadership in energy reduction and market transformation.

RBC has consistently proven its dedication to energy conservation at each level of the value chain – from facility teams, to leasing projects, to the executive level.  Progressive energy reduction techniques such as implementation of daytime cleaning, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and commitment to LEED Platinum at RBC WaterPark Place demonstrate commitment to energy conservation at the highest levels in their business strategy.  The principles of each energy conservation activity can be applied to any size of portfolio or almost any type of building where there are people who see the value in building partnerships.  Supported by significant energy savings, RBC’s strategic and sustained effort to reduce its energy footprint continues to positively influence the marketplace.

Cadillac Fairview’s Simcoe Place was awarded as in the landlord / building category. Energy reduction projects at Simcoe Place in 2012 contributed over 3.6M ekWh.  Recent trending points to a summer peak reduction of 11% since 2010.  The array of measures required to achieve these results is guided by the Simcoe Place Integrated Building Performance Team, a unique collective of landlord, consultants, vendors and NGO’s, including Toronto Hydro and the OPA.  Tenants are also engaged through the Simcoe Place Green Council.  Tenants promote (even boast!) of their participation and results to fellow tenants and their senior management – both in Canada and the US.  Simcoe Place is succeeding in creating an energy reduction blueprint for the real estate divisions of their tenants across the continent.

BUILDING PERFORMANCE- Greatest Energy Reduction (2011 – 2012)

Awards were presented based on building performance data submitted to Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager.

 

BUILDING PERFORMANCE- Lowest Energy Use (2012)

Awards were presented based on building performance data submitted to Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager.