energy consumption

Actual energy consumption across the Bentall Kennedy portfolio decreased by 6.0% between 2011 and 2015. The breakdown of energy consumption is as follows: 

Actual Direct Energy Consumption     414 GWh equivalent ^   
Actual Indirect Energy Consumption      790 GWh equivalent ^  
Total Actual Energy Consumption    1205 GWh equivalent ^

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Collapseactual energy consumption (GWh equivalent)

energy intensity

Bentall Kennedy uses a normalized energy intensity metric to gain a clear sense of the performance of our portfolio. this metric tracks the energy used in a building on a per square foot basis, and we've normalized to remove variances for weather, occupancy, acquisitions/dispositions and exceptional loads (data centres). This enables us to highlight the impact of management practices to achieve energy reductions. For office buildings, industry benchmarks are increasingly available and reliable, which helps our entire industry measure performance.

Since 2011, normalized energy intensity in Canada 
has decreased by 12.6% in the office portfolio, 7.5% in multi-family portfolio and 5.8% in enclosed retail portfolio. In the U.S., normalized energy intensity were most varied, with a decrease of 3.1% in the office portfolio, 6.2% in the multi-family portfolio and an increase of 7.7% in the medical office portfolio. 

For office buildings, we report the energy intensity based on both gross leasable area (GLA) and gross floor area (GFA). This allows for comparability to available industry benchmarks. Unless otherwise noted, values shown are based on GLA.

[EN7, CRE1]

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ExpandCanada: normalized energy intensity by asset type (ekWh/sqft/yr)

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ExpandUS: normalized energy intensity by asset type (ekWh/sqft/yr)


benchmarking our performance

Since ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager was introduced to Canada in 2013, Bentall Kennedy expanded its ENERGY STAR tracking across North America to cover its entire portfolio. With automatic syncing capability for all Eco Tracker sites, our properties benefit from additional benchmarking and performance analysis without any added manual input.  

In 2015, Bentall Kennedy continued to be a leader in the ENERGY
STAR benchmarking program receiving recognition as both Partner of the Year (since 2009) and Sustained Excellence (since 2011). Bentall Kennedy has tracked an associated greenhouse gas emission reduction of nearly 160,000 metric tons through the ENERGY STAR program.

about the data

To understand the data shown here, it's useful to understand the normalizations, and changes in the portfolio. The changes in size are shown in the table below.

Actual energy data: The current year actual energy data is calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol using the Operational Control approach and does not include normalization impacts. The prior year data has been adjusted to reflect any acquisitions and dispositions in 2014 and new developments are added as completed.

Normalized energy data: The current year normalized energy data includes newly developed buildings but does not include buildings that have been acquired or disposed of in the past 5 years. Data for historical years is adjusted to reflect 2015 weather, occupancy and exceptional tenant loads.

Energy estimates: Data reflects the office, retail, medical, multi-family and light industrial assets for which we have high-quality information. 98% of the energy data tracked in Eco Tracker or Eco View is based on actual utility consumption as recorded through utility bills. The balance is estimated using modeling and historical analysis. In addition, data includes estimates to ensure completeness over the energy consumption for properties that are under Bentall Kennedy’s operational control but were not included in our data sets as of December 31, 2015.

More detailed environmental performance data is available for download.

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efficient by design at 1900 16th street

The sustainability success story of 1900 16th Street in Denver, CO, has been a result of progressive layers of commitment from ownership, tenants and management.  In September 2014, the building was awarded LEED EB:O&M Platinum certification.

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