Case Studies

Race To Reduce Case Studies

The Race to Reduce scheme is an important opportunity for Canadian office blocks to improve their energy consumption. The aim here is that tenants and landlords of those big energy-hungry buildings can work together on important new initiatives.

These projects can then decrease energy use in some extreme ways and help to make these building greener. Some of the most successful are in Race to Reduce’s case studies.

These studies showcase the breadth and scale of the projects and the benefit they can have. Each project should act as an inspiration to any company, landlord or tenant that may think of applying in the future.

Race To Reduce Case Studies Where Lighting Costs Were The Main Issue

The most common subject for those Canadian projects is lighting. Lighting is one of the best things to change to go green because it is simple and effective. There are many tenant-landlord collaborations in Race to Recruit that tried this.

Bentall KennedyBentall Kennedy and RBC worked on a DALI Lighting Control System to adjust every light’s output based on operating hours and room occupancy. This made a massive difference on energy use in their 820,000 square feet Mississauga facility.

Oxford Properties GroupOxford Properties Group did something similar with the Lighting Optimization project. Here they altered the lighting schedules to suit the working hours of more than 250 tenants across their buildings. The scale of the venture meant significant changes.

Others have gone in for massive lighting retrofits. RogersRogers updated their Brampton Campus, which meant 1 million square feet of office space with new lighting for savings of $375,000.

Whiterock REIT 401Whiterock REIT 401 adjusted the lighting in the West Mall multi-level underground parking area. That meant 11 floors and 410,924 Sq. Ft lit by more efficient lighting.

Finally, Stikeman ElliottStikeman Elliott changed the lighting at Commerce Court West twice for ongoing improvements. This resulted in savings of 443,000 KWH/year. This lighting refit can seem costly at first, but the impact is pretty significant for energy reduction.

Race To Reduce Case Studies For Energy Efficiency In Machinery And Appliances

It is not just lighting that can bring massive improvements in the energy saved by those big office buildings. Other large systems and piece of equipment can play their part in energy use. Some companies have employed energy efficiency schemes to improve this situation.

One of the best ways for a company to reduce their energy use is with a new heating or cooling system. A tenant’s demand for heat or air conditioning can have a significant impact on energy consumption.

One of these case studies comes from CREIT 110CREIT 110, who worked to improve the cooling system of Yonge Street. This meant a large-scale upgrade over 150,000 square feet pf commercial office space. They were not to be outdone by some of the other projects. They also added new lighting retrofits alongside the cooling system upgrades.

Elsewhere, there is the Toronto Hydro case study on their upgrades for the GWL Realty Advisors. This project is one of the most simplistic of the lot. They simply replaced their three old, energy-hungry chillers with two energy-efficient ones. This meant that Toronto College Park alone reduced consumption by more than 520 kW.

Race To Reduce Case Studies For More General Energy Use

Energy monitoring schemes are another brilliant way to reduce energy costs, but also to understand what tenants use. This is another way that landlords and tenants can work together for a greener future.

New lighting and cooling systems are great in the short term. However, energy portals and monitors can help in the long term. Companies as a whole can monitor performance, but individuals may see personal targets too.

Brookfield Office PropertiesBrookfield Office Properties offer a case study that highlights this with their Tenant Energy Portal. This is an online portal that makes energy data public and accessible to all office tenants. This means that all individual tenants can better understand their personal actions and goals, and the credentials of the building.

Bentall Kennedy used motion sensors to help with energy use at their World Exchange Plaza Parkade. These sensors were then added in two Class-A office towers, five underground parking levels and 40,000 square feet of building storage.

Race To Reduce Case Studies That Focus On The Building’s Green Credentials

The final set of case studies for the scheme looks at more general ways in which companies have improved their green credentials.

Bentall Kennedy makes an appearance here twice, which highlights their impressive work with the scheme. The first of their projects is the ForeverGreen Tenant Program. They created a corporate responsibility platform that monitors the environmental and social performance of the main buildings.

The second of these projects was the World Exchange Plaza Tenant Engagement Program. This allows them to work with tenants on the reduction energy consumption and cost via a Tenant Advisory Council. This body facilitates meetings, reviews and important literature on the subject.

Elsewhere, RBC and Cadillac FairviewCadillac Fairview improved The RBC Centre to earn the Double LEED Gold. The RBC Centre became the highest performing Canadian office building in this category.

Cadillac Fairview also worked on a new Green Portal for the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Here tenants can now enjoy environmental transparency for Canadian real estate in the commercial sector.

These case studies may seem more simplistic or broad compared to some of the energy saving methods. However, this broad appeal strengthens that crucial tie between tenant and landlord.

In the end, it is all about the project’s collaborative efforts.

Race to Reduce is all about green solutions where tenants and landlords work together. It is possible for residents or building manager to come up with an individual scheme. However, the organization encourages this collaboration.

A strong partnership between tenant and landlord increases communication and opens doors to new opportunities. Many of the cases above would not have succeeded without this approach.

The landlords have the power and finances to make changes and sign up. The tenants have the ideas and human resources to make it work. The focus on lighting projects should come as no surprise because of the ease of adaptation and the potential gains. Still, there is a wide range of successful projects here.