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The rising costs of living are forcing millions of Canadians to compromise when choosing between heating their homes or feeding their families. Energy efficiency upgrades are a proven way to lower energy bills while also offering protection from cold spells and heat waves. Federal programs provide financial support for middle and upper-income Canadians looking to make their homes more energy efficient, but program gaps are excluding millions of low-income Canadians who cannot afford the upfront costs. Investment in the upcoming Federal Budget is needed so that all Canadians can save energy and live comfortably.

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Low-income communities across Canada are disproportionately impacted by climate change and rising cost of living. Families across the country are struggling to choose between heating bills and groceries. Energy efficiency upgrades are a proven way to lower energy bills while also offering protection from cold and extreme weather events, yet existing energy efficiency programs are designed to support middle-to-upper income Canadians. The programs fall short of supporting low-income Canadians who rent or can’t afford the upfront costs associated with energy upgrades. Energy poverty needs to be prioritized at the national level if the transition to net-zero emissions is to be fair and just.

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BGIS 2024 Supplier Innovation Award Article

Morgan Solar Energy Blinds, Winner of the 2024 BGIS Supplier Innovation Award

The operations of buildings have a significant impact on our environment, contributing to approximately 40% of global carbon emissions and consuming about one-third of the world’s energy. From heating and cooling to lighting and appliances, the energy used in buildings directly affects our carbon footprint and overall sustainability. The operation of our buildings also has a big impact on core business success, as it relates to operations costs, customer experience, and team member health and wellbeing.

The challenge to delivering the performance and operational efficiency targets that we are all seeking, typically includes economic viability, integration with the existing building design and operation, and obtaining buy-in to change. Despite these challenges, BGIS is committed to helping clients improve the operational performance of their buildings, and identify new solutions in order to do so. With that said, BGIS is pleased to announce that Morgan Solar is the winner of the 2024 BGIS Supplier Innovation Award, for their innovative Energy Blinds.

Energy Blinds are an exciting new technology that replaces conventional window shades. Using advanced materials and control systems, they produce electricity, and they reduce energy consumption from heating, cooling and interior lighting. The energy produced can amount to more than 10% of a building’s requirements, depending on the building’s efficiency, and the HVAC energy savings of up to 10%, while also making spaces more healthy and comfortable for occupants. Most importantly, they offer strong business cases, with their energy savings and generation resulting in very short payback periods. These savings and improvements can be significant enough that buildings can reach their energy efficiency and emissions goals without needing to go all the way to an expensive and carbon intensive building re-skinning or window replacement.

“BGIS manages over 40,000 facilities worldwide, and we are always looking for opportunities to continuously improve the operational efficiency and performance of our clients buildings, considering the environment, occupant wellbeing, and economics. With the right solutions, our clients do not have to choose between sustainability and project economics, which is what makes these Energy Blinds so exciting.” – Andrew Hicks, BGIS

BGIS first deployed an Energy Blinds demonstration system in 2021 at a Government of Canada site. This pilot project, installed on 86 windows, has resulted in a reduction of over 12 tCO2 per year, over $6,200 per year in energy savings, and positive feedback from the client in terms of comfort. Working with BMO, BGIS and Morgan Solar will install an Energy Blinds commercial project at the BMO Technology and Operations center in Q2 of 2024. The BMO project will demonstrate the effectiveness of Energy Blinds for retrofits in office spaces by improving productivity with increased daylight, by generating energy for backup power, and by creating savings in HVAC operation. BGIS is excited to work with Morgan Solar on these pilot projects, and is already in discussions with other clients to look at further Energy Blinds projects.

Morgan Solar has partnered with Cisco to deploy Energy Blinds connected to Cisco’s next generation building automation and efficiency concepts. Cisco is leveraging existing ethernet infrastructure in commercial buildings to develop efficient DC microgrids. With Energy Blinds, these microgrids can be powered by renewable energy – powering offices with the energy harvested at the windows.

The first commercial Energy Blinds project went live earlier this year at a Cisco office location, and Morgan Solar has partnered with Cisco and BGIS for their next project for Bank of Montreal.

BGIS is excited to offer this award, to be involved in the development of two of the first commercial Energy Blinds systems, and to work with Morgan Solar and BGIS customers all over the world to make buildings more energy efficient, healthier, and better places to live and work.

About BGIS

Leading the global real estate industry with innovative fully integrated solutions since 1992, BGIS provides technically led integrated facility management services globally. With a focus on innovative solutions that support our clients in differentiating and successfully growing their businesses, BGIS provides a full spectrum of customized facility management services, integrated technical services, project delivery services, energy and sustainability solutions, asset management, workplace advisory and management, and real estate services to real estate and infrastructure owners and occupiers.

Supported by a team of more than 12,000 employees globally, BGIS manages more than 500 million square feet of client portfolios across more than 40,000 locations across the globe, including, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

About Morgan Solar

Morgan Solar is a Toronto-based technology innovator and manufacturer with 15 years of experience in solar energy, solar tracking, sensors and controls. We adopt proven materials and processes from the existing commercial and industrial ecosystem to push the envelope of what solar can achieve. Morgan Solar is partnership focused and engages leading vendors, manufacturers and channel partners to develop innovative products and move them to market. Morgan Solar specializes in simulation, software design and product design for solar energy applications in buildings and for commercial solar.

The building envelope is key to unlocking energy savings

The building envelope, referring to the outer shell of a building separating the interior and exterior, serves as a barrier against heat, cold, moisture, noise, and air infiltration. The components of the building envelope, including insulation, windows, walls, doors, and roof, play a critical role in the overall energy efficiency and performance of the structure.

Substantial evidence supports the importance of the building envelope on overall energy efficiency. Several studies identified saving potentials from the building envelope in European countries in the range between 75% and 80%. Another study noting that about half of the annual air conditioning heating energy consumption of public buildings were consumed by the heat transfer of building envelope.

Traditionally it has been difficult to evaluate the actual thermal performance of the building envelope. Pressurizing the building and conducting a blower door test may be impractical and cumbersome. Handheld thermography usually does not provide detailed insights or recommendations. These challenges may have contributed to the building envelope being overlooked in the past.

A logical first step to understanding the actual thermal performance of the building envelope is undergoing a comprehensive audit. Modern technologies have evolved where these audits can be done with a high degree of precision while being convenient, timely, and cost-effective. The audit should be able to get into granular details and identify specific issues throughout the building envelope such as moisture accumulation, thermal bridging, poorly performing windows, and areas of poor or degraded insulation to name a few. Ideally, you would know which windows, walls, doors, roof, etc. are performing poorly from an energy leakage point of view and empower you to take specific and targeted repairs or retrofits that maximize the financial investment.

Having a detailed understanding of the building envelope is the first step in planning and executing on building envelope retrofits and repairs that will save energy use and associated dollars. Retrofits are crucial to realizing the energy savings potential of the envelope because nearly 85% of residential and 55% of commercial buildings that exist today will still exist in 2050 . In order to meet our net zero targets, Canada needs to retrofit one building per minute . However, at the current rate of retrofits of under 1%, Canada would need 142 years to retrofit all homes and 71 years to retrofit all commercial and public buildings .

The building envelope is a critical line of defense against energy loss and environmental elements, making it an essential aspect of any decarbonization plan. As existing building stocks age, the building envelope will play an even greater role in sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Whether the focus is on financial savings or net zero goals or both, it is critical to have an accurate diagnosis of the building envelope in order to begin planning retrofits that will maximize energy savings and return on investment.


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[1] National Research Council presentation on Platform to Decarbonise the Construction Sector at Scale, 2022.
[1] National Research Council Canada Green Building Strategy, 2023.

What is Decarbonization and why does it matter?

What is decarbonization?
Decarbonization is the process of preventing or reducing carbon gasses from being released into the atmosphere, often as the result of burning fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases. Much like vehicles that are reducing emissions by becoming more fuel efficient, or powered by electric batteries, buildings are decarbonizing, too. Decarbonization is ongoing; it’s a journey. But with any journey, you want to feel confident that you’re making the right business decision for your future while being able to explain to stakeholders how implementing decarbonization strategies impacts your bottom line, your people, and the planet.

Why is decarbonization important in buildings?
“Sustainability” is a key priority for businesses, but its broad scope can make it difficult to translate goals into action. “Decarbonization” is a deliberate set of tactics that are part of a larger sustainable business model. It includes intentional strategies and measurable actions that allow organizations to reduce carbon emissions and garner data and insights that inform future decisions.
The move toward decarbonization is being driven by several factors, largely financial and regulatory.

    Twenty years ago, the sustainability space was typically occupied by the biggest organizations with the most resources. However, in the past 5 – 10 years, we’ve witnessed increased pressure from stakeholders and the investor community, for companies of all sizes, to make concrete efforts toward sustainability by prioritizing decarbonization.
    Regulations and fines imposed by federal, state, and local governments have played a significant role in the increased focus on decarbonization efforts among organizations. Incentives have further impacted the rise in actionable goals around decarbonization and allowed organizations to future-proof their business from looming legislation.
    With many regions anticipating a significant rise in electricity costs, organizations are paying close attention to three (3) key factors affecting their energy costs and carbon impact: (1) the amount of electricity consumed, (2) when it’s being consumed, and (3) how much of the supply is renewable energy (emissions-free electricity).  A tangible benefit to the reduction in energy and operating costs is the reinvestment of capital elsewhere in the business.
    Organizations are increasingly more aware of the perception linked to their actions – both among their customers and peer organizations. Customers are making purchase decisions based upon the actions, morals, values, and mission of organizations. Organizations understand that reputation matters and that a commitment toward decarbonization can offer a unique point of differentiation from competitors.
    Reducing carbon emissions is a proven and leading way to mitigate global warming. To be a meaningful part of this change, organizations recognize this as not only a social responsibility commitment but a critical business decision.

The path toward decarbonization
Sustainability is becoming a priority for organizations of all sizes. This is excellent progress, however, we often see customers focused on more visible aspects of their business, while their buildings — which account for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1 – are often overlooked.
The path to decarbonization begins with a customized plan designed to meet the unique needs of each business and its buildings – whether it includes updated equipment, connected services, or net-zero emissions. Equally critical to establishing clear goals is evaluating progress. Intelligent services that offer the ability to monitor, record, document, and report ensure accountability and validate investments for organizations and key stakeholders. Decarbonization strategies are scalable and accessible for both big and small buildings, new construction, and renovation.

About the author
Chris Jones – Strategic Account Executive

Chris Jones is a Strategic Account Executive for Trane Commercial. Chris has worked for Trane for 12 years, predominantly focused on delivering business outcomes for clients through energy and financially-driven infrastructure upgrades. As a Comprehensive Solutions Account Executive, he has been involved in over $100M in design/build projects and helped facilitate over $10M in state and utility incentives. Chris graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is both a Certified Energy Manager and a WELL Building Accredited Professional. Chris lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

Joe Lucash – Account Manager, Turnkey

Joe Lucash is a National Account Executive for Trane Commercial. After over 35 years in the HVAC Industry, Joe now focuses his time on Owner Direct Design/Build Solutions ranging from Emergency & Planned Capital Replacements to pay from savings programs. He is a graduate of Texas A&M where he received his degree in B.S. in Industrial Distribution. Joe now lives in Dallas, Texas.

What are the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint?

Staying relevant in today’s competitive market can be challenging, especially since there’s more to success than simply meeting traditional business goals. Thriving organizations must now look beyond decades-old drivers to examine their impact on the environment as they begin investing in corporate sustainability efforts. Added pressures from stakeholders, customers, and government regulations require businesses to act responsibly and with urgency.
Reducing your carbon footprint is a common component of any sustainability plan, but what does that even mean? A carbon footprint is the measurement of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by an organization. In short, the larger the carbon footprint, the larger the negative effect on the air we breathe and our local communities.
The path to reducing your carbon footprint is through decarbonization – the process of decreasing and even removing CO2 emissions.
Business leaders face many common barriers like time, costs, and a clear starting point. A Trane expert can define and guide you through four key pillars of decarbonization to ensure efficiency and results throughout your journey.


Start with looking at your building envelope and look for areas of air leakage and deficient insulation. Shifting to LED lighting is simple, cost-effective, and helps to improve energy efficiency. Upgrading to energy-efficient equipment or optimizing your operations using your Building Automation System, will make an enormous impact on your energy use. These are often the first steps in reducing your carbon footprint.


Now that you’re more energy efficient, you can shift your energy source to electric. Moving away from gas and other fossil fuel energy sources is the next critical piece of decarbonization. Electric energy reduces carbon emissions and helps lay a strong foundation for bigger conversions around clean energy. This will prepare your business to benefit when the grid moves to clean energy.


Converting your HVAC system and other onsite equipment to next-generation, low-GWP1 refrigerants is critical to slowing CO2 emissions. Regular maintenance and management will ensure your equipment continues to perform efficiently.


Once shifted to electric energy, converting to a clean energy source like solar or wind will decrease carbon emissions even more. These energy sources can provide the same amount of energy as electricity and are carbon neutral.
Just as every business is unique, each path to decarbonization is too, but reducing your carbon footprint is achievable through these defined pillars.
A dedicated, local Trane team will assess your goals, evaluate current regulations, and weigh current market opportunities on a local level. This will create a strategic plan that fits your timeline, budget, and goals so you can begin reducing your carbon footprint this year.

About the author
Doug Robertson, Account Manager Turnkey

Doug Robertson is an Account Manager for Trane Commercial where he has successfully completed hundreds of projects saving customers many millions of kWHs electrical and thousands of gJs annually. He has been with Trane for 26 years and in total has worked in the HVAC industry for over 37 years. Not only does Doug have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration but he continues to grow his expertise and education in the industry by attending diploma and certification programs. He has a Diploma in Automation Technology and Building Technology, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers, and is an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia.

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