Similar to Europe and the U.S., Canada will soon develop energy codes for existing buildings, to be called Alterations to Existing Buildings (AEB). In Canada, each Province develops/publishes its own energy code, based on the national model. Furthermore, Toronto and Vancouver developed their own energy code versions, while innovative jurisdictions use Tiered/Stepped codes promoting more progressive energy use levels. Various definitions for thermal energy demand intensities along with an inconsistent inclusion of carbon intensities can cause confusion amongst designers/builders, while the AEB code will impact a larger audience.
Can a new-tiered national energy code bring consistency across Canada? Can this code be a starting point in creating the AEB code? What compliance path will these codes adopt, (e.g., ENERGY STAR®, etc.); will mandatory reporting be integral to their requirements; can/will voluntary programs (e.g. LEED™) inform these codes? Will the AEB codes provide concrete solutions for improvement or resume stating the minimum requirements for professionals to interpret? Should Carbon intensities and/or peak electrical demand be factored into these codes?
The authors will analyze these questions in their quest to discover the industry's role in ensuring energy codes are effectively adopted/enforced.
Andrew Pride, P.Eng., LEED A.P.
Andrew Pride Consulting
A strategic advisor and technical expert who creates long-term vision with sustainable strategies. Years of pragmatic executive experience in green building design and energy efficiency from both the private and public-sector perspectives. Creates a unique qualification to bridge business needs, social responsibility and brand value. Passionately researches, analyzes, develops and promotes multi-faceted stakeholder-centric solutions with a keen focus on measurable results
In addition to Andrew’s consulting business, he is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency– the group responsible for all national energy codes in Canada - the National Energy Code for Buildings, and the energy section (9.36.) of the National Building Code. Andrew will help foster in a Net-Zero-Energy-Ready building code. Previously, he was the Vice President of Conservation for the Ontario Power Authority, creating the award-winning Save on Energy brand and overseeing a $3 billion energy efficiency budget. Andrew fostered the Energy Manager program at the OPA, investing in skilled resources for Ontario’s energy consumers.
Andrew may be best known for his innovation and drive to transform a large privately-held real estate company, the Minto Group, into an internationally recognized green leader. There are many firsts and accolades to describe Andrew’s career, including the commercialization of net-zero-energy homes with Minto; the creation of Energy Master Plans; as Vice-Chair of the Canada Green Building Council and as an entrepreneur in the ESCO (Energy Services) Industry.
Locally, Andrew is a resident of Burlington and is an advisor to Burlington’s Community Energy Plan. Recently he was elected in as a Board Member of Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, a social enterprise focused on increasing the value of Burlington and Hamilton companies with sustainability strategies.
Alina Racoviceanu, P.Eng., C.E.M.
Smith + Andersen
Senior sustainability professional and electrical project manager with a solid reputation for challenging conventional thinking and enlisting executives’ support to pilot innovative solutions to reduce costs, improve companies reputation and deliver stakeholder value.
In her over 20 years of progressive experience, Alina worked with well-known organizations in the natural resources, real estate, transportation and public sectors, designing and implementing programs and strategies to help them proactively manage environmental, social and corporate governance risks. As Toronto Hydro's sustainability consultant, Alina spearheaded the company's sustainability strategy and led its efforts to obtain Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Company brand designation. As a result of her work, in 2017 Toronto Hydro was ranked, for the first time, number one in Corporate Knights’ Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders.
As an electrical project manager, Alina worked on a variety of assignments ranging in scale and complexity, with a focus on public-private-partnership and design-build projects in the institutional market. Alina has been a change leader fostering collaboration, building alignment and removing barriers to achieve projects’ objectives.
Alina holds a Master of Applied Science in environmental engineering and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Her research papers have been published in the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. She is on the Board of Directors of the Greenest City, a local charitable organization working with Toronto’s communities to take action to better the health of residents, regenerate urban life and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.