Building Optimization
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The Building Optimization Program focuses on recommissioning measures for existing buildings. Recommissioning ensures that building systems are operating as intended and meet current facility requirements.

  • The process starts with a study of the building systems, through to the implementation of energy savings measures and verification of savings.
  • Whether your building is new or historic, we’ll review its systems to identify issues and operational improvements, optimize system performance, and reduce energy usage.

Benefits of Building Optimization

  • Easy to implement, low-cost, low-risk operational changes, so you can start saving right away.
  • Lower utility bills and greatly improve the comfort of your building’s occupants.
  • Short payback periods, often under two years.
  • Optimizing for accuracy

Features of Building Optimization

  • Give your building a tune-up
  • Funding available to cover 100% of the cost (up to $5,000) of an Investigation Study
  • Implementation incentives to help complete energy saving measures identified in the study (incentives are based on electrical savings).
  • Efficiency Nova Scotia Project Engineers offer technical support and expert advice

Common Measures for Building Optimization

  • Time of day scheduling so your equipment doesn’t operate longer than it has to
  • Overnight temperature setback
  • Calibrate temperature sensors and other components of your building’s control system
  • Repair mechanical equipment, such as broken dampers
  • Lighting controls, including occupancy and daylight sensors

Getting Started

Work with a qualified consultant to complete an investigation study to identify the low-cost opportunities in your building.
Contact us to speak to an Energy Solutions Advisor about your building by completing the contact form or calling 1-877-999-6035.


Eligibility and support is determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Projects must be pre-approved to be eligible for incentive funding
  • Minimum facility annual electrical consumption of 350,000 kWh
  • Must be an institutional, charitable, commercial, or industrial facility served (directly or indirectly) by NSPI
  • Facility must have a functioning Building Automation System (BAS)
  • Facility cannot have been recommissioned in the part three years
  • Measurement and verification of savings is required before implementation incentive is paid


Armour Group found more than just cost savings after investigating high power bills at West Way I. After completing the Building Optimization program, and enhancing the energy efficiency of the building, it’s now a more comfortable place for all of their tenants, and they are saving over $30,000 annually.