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ASHRAE addresses Canada House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources

ASHRAE provided testimony focused on the technical tools, standards and guidelines it develops that can help government – and the private sector – deliver on energy efficiency and building performance.


Sheila J. Hayter, P.E. 2018-2019 ASHRAE president, and Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng., 2018-2019 ASHRAE president-elect, testified before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources at the House of Commons of Canada on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The committee is currently studying economic opportunities for energy efficiency in Canada. ASHRAE provided testimony focused on the technical tools, standards and guidelines it develops that can help government – and the private sector – deliver on energy efficiency and building performance.

During the hearing, Hayter highlighted how ASHRAE resources can help drive sound energy policy, and aid Canada in its development of a nationwide net-zero energy building code, which it aims to complete by 2030, with all provinces and territories adopting and implementing it by 2040.

Hayter shared that ASHRAE is reviewing its existing portfolio of standards to determine the best way to create a zero-energy building standard and would happily share the Society’s knowledge in the area.

“ASHRAE is honoured to have had the opportunity to testify before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources,” said Hayter. “We take immense pride in being invited into these important discussions while we work as a Society to spearhead the efforts toward building a new energy future. As Canada moves toward a smart grid, we welcome the opportunity to continue sharing our technical expertise to ensure this transition is done effectively and efficiently, and to also assist in providing the tools, resources, and knowledge to ensure proper operation of buildings in this new paradigm.”

During his testimony, Boyce articulated the importance of optimizing the performance of Canada’s existing buildings, sharing that every $1 million invested in energy efficiency results in $3 to $4 million in economic growth, according to the Pembina Institute. Boyce also emphasized the need to focus on building operations to ensure optimal performance.

“Optimizing Canada’s existing buildings and ensuring effective building operations are key to meeting Canada’s energy and climate commitments,” said Boyce. “Investments in these buildings can also generate solid economic benefits for those who own, operate, live and work in these buildings – and ASHRAE has the resources and tools to help achieve those benefits.”

Boyce particularly pointed out the following tools as resources well-equipped to help Canada achieve its goals.

The entire testimony can be found here.

ASHRAE president (2018-2019), Hayter is a group manager with the Integrated Applications Center at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., where she has worked since 1992. She leads a team of experts who support international, federal, state, and local entities with the goal of significantly reducing nonrenewable energy consumption though optimized use of energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy technologies as well as addressing challenges to increase resiliency in the built environment.

Darryl Boyce, P.Eng., special advisor to the vice-president (finance and administration) at Carleton University in Ottawa,  joined Carleton as director of the department of physical plant in 1998 and was promoted to the position of assistant vice-president (facilities management and planning) in 2007. He came to Carleton having spent the previous 12 years with the University of Western Ontario where he served as associate director, facilities engineering and construction directing activities related to alterations, new construction, energy management, and utilities operations. Boyce has been a member of ASHRAE since 1983 and has served on numerous committees over the years.