City calls on businesses to join year two of Richmond's Building Energy Challenge

a fun and friendly competition to reduce energy use over the course of the year 

The City of Richmond is calling on Richmond-based commercial, institutional and multifamily properties to participate in the City’s 2016 Building Energy Challenge – a fun and friendly competition to reduce energy use over the course of the year.

To learn about the Challenge, representatives from prospective buildings are invited to an information workshop on Tuesday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre.

As part of the Challenge, participating buildings will:

  • Track their performance with Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an online tool for comparing annual consumption over 2016 to the previous year
  • Have access to Energy Coaches who will help building operations staff benchmark energy use and identify energy improvements in their facilities
  • Be given support for building operations staff to take energy management training.
The City offers $750 (maximum of $2,250 per organization) towards the cost of the Building Owner and Managers Association’s eEnergy Training for Building Operators. The City will host energy management kick-off workshops for all registrants in January and February 2016.

Richmond held its first Building Energy Challenge in 2014, wherein more than 50 buildings and 34 organizations participated. Energy benchmarking data the City has received to-date from the 2014 participants show that energy use has been reduced by 7.5 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 13.5 per cent over their last baseline year. The City is continuing to work with participants to finalize their energy performance reporting and once complete, the numbers will be reported.

The information workshop on Tuesday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. is specifically for representatives of prospective participant buildings. It is being held at the Richmond Cultural Centre, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Please R.S.V.P. by emailing richmondenergychallenge@citygreen.ca or calling 604 255 5734.

Free parking is available and a hot dinner will be served. Visit www.energy.richmond.ca to learn more and register for the Building Energy Challenge. The Building Energy Challenge is generously supported by BC Hydro Power Smart, FortisBC and the City of Richmond.