Utilities and government agencies across the country continue to invest in policies and programs to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship in all market segments and building classes, for both electricity and natural gas.
Sustainable Buildings Canada has been a strategic partner in the design, delivery, and evaluation of conservation programs for more than a decade. Its board members have deep expertise in program delivery, as well as the specific building sectors. SBC staff and board members are also representatives to numerous code and regulatory committees mandated to advance the standards for energy efficiency and environmental performance, as well as programs which serve as a fundamental “lever” to prime the market for new codes, regulations, and standards.
Savings By Design
The Enbridge Savings by Design (SBD) program offers support and financial incentives to encourage builders of commercial and residential developments to design their projects to achieve energy performance enhancements 25% beyond the minimum requirements of the building code.
Sustainable Buildings Canada is the program delivery partner to Enbridge for the program, which is now in its fifth year. Our role is to design, organize, and facilitate full-day workshops for program participants, and to work with them to develop a design specification that can achieve the program objectives.
The underlying principle of the workshop is the integrated design process (IDP), where all key stakeholders are engaged early in the process to review the design, discuss, and vet options, as well as collaboratively develop a revised design that meets the requirements of all stakeholders.
One of the highlights of the SBD program design is Enbridge’s commitment to, and support of, participants of the program to help them achieve the program objectives. These workshops are completely funded by Enbridge.
SBC has developed an extensive roster of subject matter experts from the industry who participate in the workshop and provide participants with the opportunity to explore best practices, share real-world experiences, and to push the boundaries of conventional design. The day’s itinerary also includes discussion of community planning, low impact development, and wellness as core elements of sustainable development.
With the new energy performance requirements coming into effect in 2017, this program offers a unique opportunity to create a building design that not only meets and exceeds the requirements for the new code, but in a way that also makes the most sense for participants and their business. SBD has facilitated more than 150 workshops to date, and continues to grow.