BOMA Toronto receives international recognition for energy conservation success

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L to R: Bill Younger, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) president; Chris Conway, BOMA Toronto president and CSO; Bala Gnanam, BOMA Toronto's director, sustainability and building technologies; Neal Lacheur, past chair, BOMA Toronto board of directors; Keith Major, Canadian representative on BOMA's international executive; and Larry Good, AEE's director of international membership.

GTA Construction Report staff writer

BOMA Toronto has received the Energy Project of the Year (Canada region) award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for its former Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) program.

BOMA Toronto said in a news release that it is the first and only Ontario association to have delivered a CDM program directly to end users. While helping to meet provincial energy demand reduction targets, the program sustained an average annual growth of 100 per cent in savings over four years, with its last quarter performance resulting in a record-high 13mw of conservation.

“BOMA Toronto is honoured to receive this award,” said Chris Conway, BOMA Ontario’s president and chief staff officer. “It reinforces how committed we are to energy conservation in Ontario. This would not have been possible without our participants who applied for the program, our channel partners who helped promote it and evaluate projects, and the Ontario Power Authority. We are very grateful for their support and participation.”

The BOMA CDM program, funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), accepted applications between March 2007 and December 2010 and officially wrapped up in 2012. “The BOMA model for was simple and effective, was able to effectively engage and motivate the large commercial real estate sector to implement energy efficiency projects,” the news release said.

L to R: Bill Younger, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) president; Chris Conway, BOMA Toronto president and CSO; Bala Gnanam, BOMA Toronto's director, sustainability and building technologies; Neal Lacheur, past chair, BOMA Toronto board of directors; Keith Major, Canadian representative on BOMA's international executive; and Larry Good, AEE's director of international membership.
L to R: Bill Younger, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) president; Chris Conway, BOMA Toronto president and CSO; Bala Gnanam, BOMA Toronto’s director, sustainability and building technologies; Neal Lacheur, past chair, BOMA Toronto board of directors; Keith Major, Canadian representative on BOMA’s international executive; and Larry Good, AEE’s director of international membership.

By the end of 2010, the BOMA CDM program successfully delivered more than 50mw of conservation, making it one of the best performing CDM programs delivered to the Ontario market, the association’s announcement said.  This program’s success provided the foundation on which the current province-wide program is built.

BOMA Toronto accepted the award this fall in a ceremony at the 36th World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C. Last year BOMA Toronto received a national recognition from the Canadian Society of Association Executives for the same program.

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