The US and Canada have signed an agreement to assess and measure the energy performance of commercial constructions in both nations, officials stated. The agreement among the Natural Resources Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will harmonize the move toward of the two nations by enhancing EPA's current Energy Star Portfolio Manager software tool to trail and rate the power performance of Canadian business constructions additionally to buildings in the United States, also EPA release states.
Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator stated that they are glad that Canada elected EPA's Portfolio Manager Tool to help their national energy management plan for current commercial and institutional constructions, and we look ahead to the benefits this new joint venture will create for the health of their families, for the financial system, as well as for the environment.
With a catalog of over 250,000 institutional and commercial apartment spaces in the US, the Portfolio Manager tool would give US and Canada governments’ measurable data on energy savings as well as greenhouse gas emissions cuts from commercial buildings, said the EPA.
In the agreement, improvements will be made to Portfolio Manager, with the development of a Canadian-located energy performance level and the addition of Canadian reference data like energy, weather and metric units and emissions factors.