Calling all MURBs!

28 May 2019
Natural Resources Canada

There's still time to take part in NRCan’s national Survey of Energy Use for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs).

The survey was launched in September 2018 to collect data on MURBs in eight cities: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa/Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.

This is the first time that NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency has surveyed MURBs. The data will help paint a picture of the building characteristics and energy consumption patterns of MURBs, as well as reveal trends and highlight opportunities for energy efficiency. Data will help guide NRCan's future policies and programs.

"We should receive the final data sets in late 2019 and will start processing the data in 2020," reports Kathy-Ann Jackson Fong, Survey Manager.

Get involved!

We would like to invite associations and organizations that include MURB owners and property managers to encourage their members through their newsletters or other media to participate in the survey. If selected, participants will first receive more information about the survey, and can then complete the questions online or over the phone. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete the survey for each building.

If your building/buildings is not selected for the survey and is located in one of the eight cities listed above you can still participate in the survey by going to this link:

For more information, please contact Kathy-Ann Jackson Fong, Survey Manager,, or 343-292-6331.

Looking for MURB energy info?

BC Housing, a provincial agency of BC's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, offers research and information about energy use in multi unit buildings in British Columbia.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Energy Reduction in MURBs, and Improve Your Building's Energy Performance, an infographic series that shows key energy efficiency opportunities.

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