ENERGY STAR Score for Supermarkets/Grocery Stores (Canada)

Last Updated: 
3-17-2020
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The ENERGY STAR Score for Supermarket and Food Stores in Canada applies to supermarkets, grocery stores, food sales and convenience stores with or without gas stations. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property, relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. A statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed to identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then to normalize for those factors. The result of this analysis is an equation that predicts the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use to yield a 1 to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population.

Property types. The ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food stores applies to supermarkets/grocery stores, food sales and convenience stores with or without gas stations but does not apply to restaurants. The ENERGY STAR score applies to individual buildings only and is not available for campuses.

Reference data. The analysis for supermarkets and food stores in Canada is based on data from the Survey on Commercial and Institutional Energy Use (SCIEU), which was commissioned by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and carried out by Statistics Canada, and represents the energy consumption year 2009.

Adjustments for weather and business activity. The analysis includes adjustments for:

  • Building size
  • Number of cash registers
  • Number of computers
  • Number of workers on the main shift
  • Length of refrigerated/frozen food display cases
  • Weather and climate (using heating degree days, retrieved based on postal code)

Release date. This is the first release of the ENERGY STAR score for Supermarkets and Food Stores in Canada.

This document presents details on the development of the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food stores properties. More information on the overall approach to develop ENERGY STAR scores is covered in our Technical Reference for the ENERGY STAR Score, available at http://www.energystar.gov/ENERGYSTARScore. The subsequent sections of this document offer specific details on the development of the ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets/food sales.

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