Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Energy Consumption in LEED School Buildings in Manitoba

Despite the surge in the design and construction of new green buildings because of their presumed energy-efficiency, there is in fact little empirical evidence in the literature about their actual energy performance, especially in Canada. This is despite the relative success of programs such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System and the Building Owners and Managers Association Building Environmental Standards (BOMA BESt) program in North America. This research aims to assess the life cycle energy performance of LEED school buildings versus similar conventional ones in Manitoba. It also aims to investigate the relationship between the relative greenness of LEED buildings and their energy consumption, and between the capital costs of their energy-retrofitting measures and their lifecycle energy consumption. This research will involve collaborating with the Government of Manitoba Department of Education to analyze a sample of five LEED and five comparable conventional school buildings in Manitoba, and collecting documented life cycle energy consumption, energy-retrofitting and LEED data to analyze them statistically. This should lead to one of the first datasets for Canadian LEED school buildings’ energy consumption. It should also provide empirical evidence to their energy performance, making the research most relevant to the Manitoba Department of Education and their constituent school boards looking to invest in these buildings and improve their lifecycle operation.

Principal Investigator(s): Mohamed Issa
Research Assistant (s): Mohamed Ouf
Funding Source(s): University of Manitoba University Research Grants Program
Funding Amount: $7,500
Project Duration: January 2013-December 2013

Department of Civil Engineering | University of Manitoba