Edmonton’s New Software Tool Facilitates Energy Saving Properties


The capital of Alberta will soon adopt a new software tool designed to help it implement a key pillar of its energy transition strategy. Photo © Big Stock

The capital of Alberta will soon adopt a new software tool designed to help it implement a key pillar of its energy transition strategy.

The tool, called GRID and developed by OPEN Technologies, will give the City of Edmonton a neighborhood-wide view of the energy and climate performance of buildings enrolled in its voluntary building energy benchmarking program. Participating property owners and managers will access GRID to receive personalized information on how to save energy and money while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their properties.

Posterity Group, a Canadian energy transition consultancy, established the City of Edmonton’s Voluntary Benchmarking Program in 2017 and has managed it on behalf of the city ever since. The owners and managers of 425 buildings now participate in the program. These properties account for nearly 30 percent of all GHG emissions from commercial and institutional buildings in Edmonton. Posterity Group is currently deploying the GRID platform to help the city streamline the participant recruitment and data publication processes for the continued growth of the program in the years to come.

Building owners and managers will have easy access to data visualizations showing how their properties rank in terms of energy and carbon performance compared to similar building types elsewhere in the city. GRID will also help homeowners make more informed investments in upgrading equipment through its building performance dashboard feature.

As part of its community energy transition strategy and action plan, the city of Edmonton has set itself the goal of thoroughly renovating more than 350,000 residential buildings by mid-century.

Posterity Group will validate the data from September and GRID is expected to be fully integrated into its program by May 2022.