The StartPoint Energy Audit service is intended to assess commercial and institutional buildings owned by Yukon First Nations, municipal and community governments along with other territorial government departments, nongovernmental agencies and private companies.
If you are a representative of one of these or a similar agency and have questions about energy efficiency in your commercial or institutional building, please contact the Energy Solutions Centre to discuss whether your building is suited for a StartPoint Energy Audit.
At this time, the StartPoint Energy Audit will focus on commercial and institutional buildings only. Residential buildings are not eligible for the program.
Applicants can expect to receive their energy audit results within eight weeks of submission. Accurately filling out the forms and providing the necessary records and information will expedite the process.
Once the proposed building is approved as suitable for the program, the applicant will be provided with forms to complete.
The applicant will need to refer to electrical record and heating (typically oil and/or propane) records for the past three years in order to complete the forms.
A separate form is dedicated to building characteristics. This form requires basic dimensions, wall type and mechanical systems information. All forms are then submitted to the Energy Solutions Centre.
To complete the StartPoint Energy Audit, the auditor needs to consider two entire winter seasons of heat energy demands. Since a calendar year starts and ends during the winter months, three years of energy data provides a clearer picture of the building’s energy demands.
All information provided will remain confidential and will not be shared unless approved by the applicant/building owner. The StartPoint Energy Audit report is delivered to the applicant/building owner and is not published or made available to the public.
The report will provide the applicant with concise information on the building’s energy scenario. The energy scenario can be thought of as a summary of the building’s energy use and the energy consumed (oil, electricity, etc.).
Totals will be given for the building’s heat and electrical energy consumptions as well as related greenhouse gas emissions. The report will present breakdowns showing ratios of electrical to heat energy consumption, costs, and emissions. An overall building performance will also be compared to other similar Canadian buildings and to buildings built to National Energy Code standards.
The information is adjusted for weather fluctuations from year to year and presents a real average of what to expect for your building’s annual energy consumption.
The report therefore becomes the “energy benchmark” or “snapshot” showing the typical energy consumption and costs incurred in the building annually. The benchmark can be used as a starting point to monitor energy savings resulting from any actions taken to increase the building’s energy efficiency and conservation.
The report will also present some general suggestions for energy conservation actions that could potentially reduce the building’s energy consumption and improve its energy conservation.