The Continuous Optimization Program is a joint offer from BC Hydro and FortisBC which provides customer assistance to save energy and improve operations in large commercial buildings. The primary focus is on reducing the energy consumption of heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems by making improvements to the Building Automation System. Additional systems of interest include lighting, refrigeration, and other energy intensive systems with complex operating strategies and control systems. See the list of common measures and paybacks.
Round 1 of the Continuous Optimization program was initiated in 2008 and accepted final applications in December 2016, resulting in over 550 participating buildings and achieving on average ~5% electricity savings.
Round 2 was initiated in April 2017, and focuses primarily on buildings that participated in Round 1 of the program. Recommissioning industry best practice is to recommission a building every five years in order to halt building performance degradation due to changes in occupancy, changes to equipment and systems, and in some cases due to building operator intervention.
Customers can choose between three offers:
Refresh your building
The Refresh offer is for customers who are primarily interested in conducting a review of Round 1 measures, and who are not interested in a comprehensive review for additional conservation opportunities. This may be the case for customers who are confident that all measures were discovered in Round 1.
The Refresh option is the most cost effective way to make sure you maintain the benefits and energy savings from your Round 1 project.
Recommission your building
Recommission your building in order to re-assess building performance after Round 1 is complete (5 years after the conservation measures were implemented). Customers who have experienced some changes to their building systems over the past several years will find this option attractive. The Continuous Optimization program will provide funding to have an approved recommissioning consultant conduct an in-depth assessment of the building, including Round 1 measures.
The Recommission option is for customers who would like a more comprehensive review of their building operations.
Real Time Energy Management
Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) is for customers who choose to be on the leading edge of innovation by incorporating the next generation of software being used to drive energy conservation in commercial building operations. The Continuous Optimization program will provide funding for an approved consultant to work with an approved software provider to install specialized energy management information software in your building, and use it as part of the recommissioning process to assess your building.
In return for BC Hydro and Fortis BC's investment, customers must commit to implement, at their cost, electricity and fuel (including natural gas, steam, hot water, propane, etc.) conservation measures that when bundled have a two-year simple payback up to a cap of 25¢/ft2 of building area. Often, implementing recommissioning conservation measures has a relatively low cost because it has only labour costs, and no capital component.
Documents and resources
For all offers
- Maximum Investment Responsibility Form [PDF, 497 KB]
Real Time Energy Management offer
- Monitoring-Based Commissioning Plan [PDF, 715 KB]
- Facility Maintenance and Operations Form [PDF, 495 KB]
- Real Time Energy Management Response Sample [PDF, 232 KB]
- LBNL Monitoring-based Commissioning Plan Template
- List of Real Time Energy Management software system vendors [PDF, 170 KB]
- List of approved consultants [PDF, 70 KB]
- FortisBC eligibility requirements
- Data Logger Transfer of Ownership [PDF, 504 KB]
- Service provider scope of work for Refresh your Building [PDF, 62 KB]
- Service provider scope of work for Recommission your building [PDF, 85 KB]
- Service provider scope of work for Real Time Energy Management [PDF, 102 KB]
Learn more about existing building recommissioning
- UNBC Operational Efficiencies
- U.S. DOE Better Buildings Initiative; Better Buildings Alliance; Energy Management Information Systems
- Natural Resources Canada Recommissioning Guide [PDF, 6.6 MB]
- California Commissioning Collaborative
To learn more about the Continuous Optimization offers available for your business, contact your Key Account Manager.