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ASHRAE Addresses Canada Committee on Natural Resources

Sheila J. Hayter, P.E. 2018-2019 ASHRAE President, and Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng., 2018-2019 ASHRAE President-elect, recently testified before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources at the House of Commons of Canada. Testimony focused on the technical tools, standards and guidelines ASHRAE develops to help the government – and private sector – deliver on energy efficiency and building performance. The committee is currently studying economic opportunities for energy efficiency in Canada.

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. She discussed how ASHRAE is reviewing its existing portfolio of standards to determine the best way to create a zero-energy building standard and said it would share knowledge in this area.

“ASHRAE is honored 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.”

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. He 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 pointed out tools to help Canada achieve its goals:

  • ASHRAE Building EQ, which is a building energy rating program that provides both an operational and asset rating to assess a building’s energy performance. Beyond providing a score, Building EQ can help improve a building’s energy performance after the benchmarking is completed. The Building EQ-In Operation rating assists with an ASHRAE Level 1 energy audit and provides both a standardized process and actionable recommendations for the building.

The full testimony is available at



ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.