Construction de Défense Canada (CDC)
The Department of National Defence (DND) took several actions to achieve the goals set by the 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). The energy performance contracting (EPC) process issued by the Federal Building Initiative program is one of the mechanisms that DND uses to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions of its existing infrastructure. In this context, DND hired Defence Construction Canada (DCC) to oversee an EPC initiative at the Borden Canadian Forces Base (CFB). An energy service company (ESCO) was selected to conduct a detailed feasibility study on the base.
After the feasibility study was completed by the ESCO, DND requested DCC to hire a consultant to conduct a third-party technical review of the feasibility study. The analysis focused on only three specific energy conservation measures (ECMs): (1) LED lighting retrofits for general applications; (2) the central heating plant (CHP) modernization; and (3) a generator set for overall tariff adjustment reduction.
Econoler was hired to support DCC in making a technical and financial analysis of a detailed feasibility study conducted by the ESCO by focusing on the three selected ECMs. Econoler carried out the following tasks:
- Validating the accuracy of the data used to establish the proposed energy savings, capital cost, cost savings and payback years;
- Studying the conformity of the proposed measures with the Green Government Strategy.
- Assessing the technical and operational risks
- Evaluating the financial risks
- Evaluating the measurement and verification (M&V) plan to determine whether it met the contractual requirements and was compliant with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP).
The recommendations made by Econoler enabled DCC to benefit from a feasibility study that effectively examined and addressed the operational constraints of the military base.