The benefits of Energy Efficiency extend well beyond the outcome of an energy efficiency project. By identifying energy efficiency and conservation opportunities, organisations are able to generate savings and reallocate funds to other important areas. This is the case for the Weeneebaylo Area Health Authority (WAHA); they were able to save money on utilities and put those funds towards improving the quality of health care in a number of communities.


The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (the Coalition) and Healthcare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO) released a series of Energy Management Best Practice Case Studies based on a collaboration with the WAHA on James Bay.


The case studies series includes:

  • Assessment of Window Replacement Project
  • First Nations Health Care Staff Graduate Building Operator Certificate – Training Improving Technical Skills in James Bay Communities
  • Building Operator Training in First Nations Communities Delivers Infrastructure Improvements, Energy Savings and Enhanced Technical Skills 

Download the case studies here.


An important step in identifying potential energy savings is providing staff with the right training and knowledge to find these opportunities. One of the case studies takes a look at collaborative building operator and energy management training between the Coalition and WAHA.


“With funding support from Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Coalition, through its HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO) initiative, was able to deliver Canada’s first ever Building Operator Certification (BOC)”.


CIET facilitated the BOC training, which was offered as a means of embedding specific knowledge within the organisation.


“The competency-based BOC training offered facilities personnel the opportunity to improve their technical expertise and job skills in a number of core areas including Energy Efficiency Operator of Building HVAC Systems, Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance, Efficient Lighting and HVAC Controls Fundamentals, Indoor Environment Quality, Common Opportunities for Low-cost Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings”.



  • Significant ongoing energy savings
  • Improved health care facility infrastructure
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Greatly increased local energy management capacity in the remote northern First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moose Factory and Moosonee.


“Energy behaviour change through education and capacity building is a relatively new concept that embeds technical knowledge within an organisation so that it continues to benefit for many years to come. It also ensures that maximum return is realized through energy retrofit and management projects and that savings will continue, rather than drift, over time.”


Learn more about WAHA First Nation’s Energy Project here.


To discuss the BOC program further, please contact Olivier Cappon.

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COVID-19 Information for CIET Winter-Spring 2021 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: January 6, 2021


CIET Goes Virtual!

With more than 90 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 800 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the winter-spring of 2021 will still be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.

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