Government of Canada committed to improving building efficiency in National Capital Region

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Innovative technologies will lead to lower energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions

July 24, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Public Services and Procurement Canada 

The Government of Canada is committed to making federal buildings more energy efficient and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Following a successful pilot project, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is now implementing the Smart Buildings initiative in up to 100 buildings across Canada through a phased approach over the next 3 years. Smart Buildings is a technology that improves the way the government monitors and controls mechanical, heating, cooling and lighting systems in federal buildings across the country to increase the efficiency of these systems.

Currently installed in 13 buildings in the National Capital Region, the Smart Buildings technology has resulted in energy savings of up to 17%, which translates into savings of approximately $1,000,000 annually. Once installed, the technology collects raw data from mechanical or electrical systems, analyzes it and uses the results to detect inefficiencies that can be solved right away.

PSPC has put in place a National Standing Offer, which includes two companies, to support the ongoing implementation of the Smart Buildings technology in federal buildings. 

Through the Smart Buildings initiative, the government is reinforcing its commitment to improve energy performance management of federal buildings, which will result in reducing its environmental footprint and lowering energy costs. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is providing PSPC with expert advice on green building technology for this and other initiatives.


“The Smart Buildings initiative allows us to make a real impact by implementing innovative technologies and identifying opportunities for energy savings. The result is lower overall energy costs for federal buildings and a reduced carbon footprint. I am proud that the Government of Canada is taking steps to be a leader in protecting the environment.”

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“The National Research Council is very pleased to have collaborated with PSPC on this important initiative that will reduce the carbon footprint of the Government of Canada buildings through the deployment of IT-based technology. NRC designed and performed the technology pilots and quantified both energy cost savings and GHG reductions, and from these pilots developed the technical specifications used by PSPC when selecting the Smart Buildings technology. This is one of several initiatives in collaboration with PSPC to green Government of Canada operations.” 

Iain Stewart
President, National Research Council of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Since 2015, energy saved by smart buildings is equivalent to over 1000 vehicles taken off the road and  over 5000 acres of forests saved.

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc., which has more than a decade of experience in the Canadian real estate market, has provided Smart Buildings services to 24 corporate clients, totalling 2.3 million square metres of building space. The company is a past recipient of Realcomm’s Digie Award for Best Use of Automation in Facilities, honoured for its ability to analyze building information on a real-time basis to inform energy use and other operational decisions.

  • The second provider of Smart Building services to PSPC is a joint venture between RYCOM Corporation and Built Environment Optimisation Pty. Ltd. Over the last 7 years, RYCOM Corporation has been engaged by industry to help develop, shape, implement and operate Smart Buildings solutions throughout Canada. Built Environment Optimisation Pty. Ltd. provides access to building data analysis and fault detection and diagnosis. The joint venture allows RYCOM Corporation to expand, invest in and further develop Canadian centric Smart Buildings services and leverage other smart developments in the global market.

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