energy

energy consumption

Actual energy consumption across the Bentall Kennedy portfolio decreased by 2.3% between 2012 and 2016. The breakdown of energy consumption is as follows:

Total Fuel (e.g. natural gas) Consumption   1,705,439 GJ^ 
Total Energy (e.g. electricity, heating, cooling, steam) Consumption   2,989,073 GJ^   
Total Actual Energy Consumption    4,694,512 GJ^ 


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*Historical data has been adjusted to reflect any acquisitions (excluding developments)& dispositions in 2016.
**Total Actual Annual Energy Consumption includes total combustion of fossil fuels and purchase of electricity, heating, cooling, and steam for consumption.
 [GRI 302-1]

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energy intensity

In order to gain a clear sense of the performance of our portfolio, drive down energy and associated costs, we focus on reducing energy intensity. 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 centers). 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. 

  • Canada: Since 2012, normalized energy intensity has decreased by 12.5% in the office portfolio, 10.9% in multi-family portfolio and 3.9% in enclosed retail portfolio.
  • U.S.: Since 2012, normalized energy intensity has varied, with a decrease of 8.3% in the office portfolio, 8.2% in the multi-family portfolio and an increase of 1.5% 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.

[GRI 302-4, CRE 1]

More detailed environmental performance data and graphs are available here.

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 2016, 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 over 226,000 metric tons of CO2e through the ENERGY STAR program.



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Reducing energy at Lighton Plaza

Bentall Kennedy engaged JLL Commissioning to assist in the substantial reduction in energy consumption for their Lighton Plaza Campus, resulting in energy savings of 688,741 kWh.

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