Energy is critical to organizational operations and can be a major cost to any business. Although organizations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, how their energy is managed can be improved.  

Along with rising energy costs, the effects of climate change and increasing GHG emissions, planning for energy management and increased efficiency has become vital to the sustainability of every organization and business world-wide, providing a solution to address global warming, energy security and fossil fuel depletion.   

Accounting for and making efforts to bring utility consumption down makes perfect business sense.  Further, it’s typical that a poorly performing building from an energy perspective is likely one experiencing poor comfort, indoor air quality and livability that is not optimal for your tenants or staff.

This one-day course is based on the energy management planning principles of ISO 50001 and the broader energy management process.  We will follow ISO 50001’s main premise of a process from development of an energy policy through energy management planning to implementation, measurement and verification. 

This course will provide owners, managers, consultants and other building professionals a roadmap to assess utility costs and consumption; how to develop retrofit programs; and detail the various methods employed to identify, implement, monitor and sustain conservation programs.

Course Objectives  

The course will cover the following key components:

  • Imperatives for energy management
  • The ISO 50001 and energy management process from policy to sustaining savings
  • Utility baseline development and benchmarking
  • Energy auditing, feasibility studies and design engineering
  • Implementation options
  • Key retrofit opportunities (detailed for non-technically minded people)
  • Managing retrofit construction
  • Measurement and verification of savings
  • Sustaining performance over time
  • Human impacts of the retrofit process


Students who complete this program will receive a Certificate in Energy Management Planning.

Did you know?

Ontario’s Regulation for Public Agencies

  • Regulation 397/11 under the Green Energy Act came into force January 1, 2012 requiring public agencies to report their annual energy use and GHG emissions to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2013. In addition, public agencies will need to develop five-year energy conservation and demand management (CDM) plans by July 1, 2014. Public agencies must make their annual energy reports and five-year energy CDM plans publically available on their websites and in hard copy.                                                     

The regulation effects public agencies:

  • municipalities
  • municipal service boards (for water/sewage pumping and treatment operations)
  • universities
  • colleges
  • school boards
  • hospitals


NRCan’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry program

  • This program offers cost-shared assistance of up to 50 percent of eligible costs to a maximum of $25,000 to industrial companies to implement the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard. Additionally, NRCan’s Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) provides toolkits, calculators, workshops and a searchable directory of energy management information and services. 


For information about this funding program, contact NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency.

For information about Energy Efficiency grant and funding opportunities Canada wide, see  




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