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NRCan gives stats on Canada’s commercial and institutional buildings

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Natural Resources Canada has published a report on the energy consumption of Canada's commercial and institutional buildings.

Natural Resources Canada has published a report on the energy consumption of Canada’s commercial and institutional buildings.

The Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use – Buildings 2009 Detailed Statistical Report is now online at the NRCan Office of Energy Efficiency’s web site. The data are a key feature in developing Canada’s adaptation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking system.

The survey included more than 480,000 buildings. Among the highlights, the researchers found:

There were more than 480,000 commercial and institutional buildings in Canada in 2009. Nearly 34 percent of the buildings were built between 1970 and 1989.


The overall energy intensity of the buildings in Canada was 1.10 GJ/m2 in 2009. In comparison, the average household used 0.70 GJ/m2.

About half (48.5%) of the 490,000 buildings were in the Great Lakes climate zone.

Natural gas was the primary energy source for space heating by the majority (54.0%).

Nearly half (45.6%) had some type of renovation done in the last five years.

More than half (55.2%) had some form of energy efficiency feature in place.

To see the report, click here.


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