Public Services and Procurement Canada (PCPC) is moving beyond the pilot phase of its Smart Buildings initiative. Initially implemented in 13 federal buildings in the National Capital Region, the next phase will be adopt these smart technologies in up 100 buildings across the country over the next three years.
"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,” said Steven MacKinnon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of PCPC.
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. 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.
The 13 building pilot produced considerable cost savings for the federal government. The net energy savings was upwards of 17% with a value of $1 million annually.
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.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is providing PSPC with expert advice on green building technology for this and other initiatives.