Site Accessibility Information Access Key 1 to Skip to Top Navigation Access Key 2 to Skip to the Three One One link Access Key 3 to Skip to City of Winnipeg Main Menu Access Key 4 to Skip to Left Navigation Menu Access Key 5 to Skip to Content area Access Key 6 to Skip to Right Sidebar content area Access Key 7 to Skip to Footer Links
A Sustainable Winnipeg

Green Buildings

With buildings generating over one-third of all corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Winnipeg, green building practices have been identified as a key component to the success of the City's Climate Change Action Plan. Not only are City buildings a major source of GHG emissions, but they also account for the single largest segment of energy consumption in the city, as illustrated below.

Corporate Energy Use by Sector 2013 - Buildings 47%, Water and Sewage 30%, Vehicle Fleet 13%, Streetlights 10% Corporate GHG Emissions by Sector 2013 - Buildings 41%, Vehicle Fleet 26%, Water and Sewage 17%, Corporate Waste 16%, Streetlights 0%

In response to the overwhelming role that buildings play in taking action on climate change and promoting healthy urban living, the City of Winnipeg is committed to seeking out and implementing opportunities for re-commissioning, improved energy efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades in civic-owned and operated facilities.

The notion of green buildings extends beyond strictly the environmental performance of the building itself like reducing GHG emissions. Rather, it encompasses the building property within the broader realm of the community, and includes principles of low-impact development coupled with community-based planning and socioeconomic considerations.


Supporting Policies and Initiatives

The City of Winnipeg is committed to leading by example in environmental, economic and social stewardship by implementing its Green Building Policy, mandating all new City-owned buildings, renovations and major additions that are over 500 square metres  (5,400 square feet) be designed and constructed to achieve improved energy performance, and to achieve certification in accordance with a credible, third-party verified, integrated design-based green building standard, such as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Since it took effect in 2011, several new City-owned buildings such as the Public Works East Yard Complex (LEED Gold), Sturgeon Heights Community Centre (LEED Gold), Sinclair Park Community Centre (LEED Silver) and the North Centennial Recreation & Leisure Facility (LEED Silver) have met or exceeded the Green Building Policy.

The achievement of City sustainability objectives, including the reduction of corporate energy use and GHG emissions, includes the enhanced performance of not only new property developments, but of existing buildings as well. As such, the municipality has also incorporated a Green Building Policy for Existing City-Owned Buildings which includes newly-adopted criteria for energy and GHG emission benchmarking of existing City-owned properties using the EnergySTAR Portfolio Manager tool.


What is Building Energy Benchmarking?

Recognized as a green building best practice, energy benchmarking is the ongoing review of an organization's energy consumption and GHG emissions to determine if the building's environmental and financial performance is getting better or worse. Energy benchmarking can be an internal process - measuring your building's performance against its own past performance and/or against other buildings in your portfolio - or it can be an external process, comparing your building to similar buildings outside your organization.

Regular benchmarking provides tangible data that gives building owners and operators the tools they need for continuous improvement. By mandating building energy benchmarking as an obligatory practice, the City can:

  • Identify poorly performing buildings; increases general awareness of energy efficiency among building occupants, which in turn can effect changes in behaviour (e.g., turning off unnecessary lights).
  • Establish a baseline for measuring improvement in energy consumption and emissions for all properties;
  • Identify and recommend changes to building operations or capital projects that will have the highest environmental and economic return on investment;
  • Enhance and create competition through comparison with similar buildings; and
  • Participate in green building certification programs and various other environmental initiatives.

By engaging in these activities, and more, the City is well-placed to lead by example through its Green Building Policies.

Additional Resources

If you would like more information about green buildings and to learn more, here are some helpful resources:

  • Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Program
    The Power Smart program offered by Manitoba Hydro is a Demand-Side Management initiative aimed at helping both residential and commercial consumers improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
  • MB Hydro New Buildings Program
    The New Buildings Program provides technical guidance and financial incentives when designing, constructing, and operating new, energy efficient buildings in Manitoba.
  • Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) - Manitoba Chapter
    The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.
  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is an online tool developed by the Environmental Protection Agency which allows you to measure and track energy, water and waste consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Manitoba Green Building Program & Policy
    The Manitoba Green Building Program was designed to demonstrate Manitoba's commitment to economic, environmental and social improvements by promoting the adoption of sustainable building practices and providing the leadership that overcomes the barriers affecting their wider adoption in Manitoba. Additionally, the Manitoba government introduced a Green Building Policy in April 2007 designed to ensure that new, provincially funded buildings are less costly to operate and maintain, use less energy, and produce fewer greenhouse gas and other emissions than conventional buildings.
  • BOMA Best Manitoba
    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Manitoba actively assists real estate developers and operators of commercial office space to become more expert, professional, and accomplished in their fields, as well as to create better tenant environments and more stable investments for the owners. BOMA's BEST program stands for Building Environmental Standards, and BEST-certified buildings lead the way in energy and water conservation, waste reduction, indoor air quality, and operational best practice, With nearly 50 buildings certified in our province and 1,800 across Canada.


Last update: May 31, 2018

Was this information helpful?

How can we make this web page better?

Information collected will be used to improve our website. Do not use this form to submit a request for service or information because it will not be forwarded to departments for response. To submit a request for service or information, contact 311.

This form is not intended to collect personal information; however, any personal information you choose to include in your comments is collected by the City of Winnipeg under the authority of section 36(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of improving our website and will not be used or disclosed for any other purposes, except as authorized by law. Contact the Corporate Access and Privacy Officer by mail (City Clerk’s Department, Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9) or by telephone (311) if you have any questions about the collection of this information.

Ces renseignements sont-ils utiles?

Comment pourrait-on améliorer cette page Web?

Les renseignements recueillis serviront à l’amélioration de notre site Web. Prière de ne pas se servir de ce formulaire pour soumettre une demande de service ou de renseignements, car la demande ne sera pas transmise au service en question. Pour soumettre une demande de service ou de renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec le 311.

Le présent formulaire ne vise pas à recueillir des renseignements personnels. Cependant, les renseignements personnels que vous choisissez d’inclure dans vos commentaires sont recueillis par la Ville de Winnipeg en conformité avec l’alinéa 36(1)b) de la Loi sur l’accès à l’information et la protection de la vie privée dans le but d’améliorer son site Web et ne seront ni utilisés ni divulgués pour d’autres raisons, sauf dans les cas où cela est autorisé par la loi. Communiquez avec l’agent de l’accès à l’information et de la protection de la vie privée de la Ville par courrier au Bureau du greffier, immeuble Susan-A.-Thompson, 510, rue Main, Winnipeg (Manitoba) R3B 1B9, ou par téléphone au 311 si vous avez des questions sur la collecte de ces renseignements.