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Building Energy Enhancement Service (BEES)

Five Multi Unit Residential Buildings Receive Subsidized Audits

Project Overview

BEES is an ongoing pilot program created to catalyze deep energy retrofits starting with five non-profit residential towers. It has provided free energy audits and consultation with third party energy experts for the first five thanks to funding from the City of Ottawa’s Energy Catalyst Grant. Eligible residential complexes are welcome to apply at any time for upcoming low-cost energy audits and consultation regarding retrofit financing.

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Innovative financing is available to the buildings which implement any proposed retrofits we’ve recommended. The financing available models the successful program by Efficiency Capital.

What are the benefits?

  • Level one ASHRAE audit
  • Site assessment report
  • Unique community-based financing

Additions in the pilot program:

  • Two-year membership with Carbon 613
  • Energy education for residents and key stakeholders
  • Building energy upgrade planning session

What are the ideal buildings?

  • Residential towers with six or more storeys and approximately 80 units
  • Constructed over 10 years ago without having substantial equipment upgrades
  • Bulk metered suites with common areas available for residents’ use

Who are the first five?

Co-op Voisins Building

Coop Voisins was established in 1991 in Sandy Hill, Ottawa as a bilingual housing cooperative. The six-storey building consists of 76 apartments, on-site laundry, and several meeting rooms. They already have a solar MicroFIT array on their roof and are looking to save more costs.

Desloges building

Coopérative d’habitation Desloges was established in 1992 in Viscount Alexander Park, Ottawa as a Francophone community. It consists of 60 apartments in one seven-storey tower and 69 townhouses all served by the same heating system. They have underground parking, on-site laundry and one large meeting room.

Cliff house building

Cliff House was established in 1992 in Viscount Alexander Park, Ottawa and consists of 68 apartments and 20 townhouses. There is on-site laundry, office space and a shared backyard. This non-profit community is a prime candidate for our innovative financing method, with modernization just around the corner.

55 Hilda building

Unity Non-Profit Housing was established in 1993 in Hintonburg, Ottawa as a multi-cultural building. It consists of 62 apartments, underground parking, laundry, and ground floor office space all in one nine-storey tower. They heard of our solar success and signed up for more.

151 Parkdale avenue building

151 Parkdale was established as a non-profit in 1992 in Mechanicsville, Ottawa as a multi-cultural building. It consists of 75 apartments, underground parking, on-site laundry, and a rooftop terrace all in one eight-storey tower. They’re committed to a legacy of enabling cost-saving green living.


Why is energy conservation important?

In research commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council, it was found that buildings over 25,000 ft2 and high-rise residential buildings five storeys or greater can reduce GHGs up to 44%, equivalent to a 19.4 million tonne reduction and $6.2 billion in energy savings. 80% of existing buildings require modernization; that is why the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative is diversifying its portfolio.

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Participating Partners

The Building Energy Enhancement Service acknowledges the financial support from the City of Ottawa’s Energy Evolution Catalyst Projects Program for this year’s Legacy Project.

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