Energy Management shows up as a Vancouver Olympic event

CNET news has a post on the Vancouver Olympics reporting on the energy consumption from Olympic buildings.

A new Olympic sport: Tracking building energy

by Martin LaMonica

While people are watching the Olympic Games, building managers will be watching their energy dashboards.

Energy management software company Pulse Energy on Friday showed off an energy-monitoring system developed to make the Olympic Games in Vancouver more efficient.

Building energy is the latest spectator sport in Vancouver.

(Credit: Screenshot by Martin LaMonica/CNET)

The software gives facilities managers a real-time readout of energy consumption at different venues. By tracking that data, building managers can make adjustments to save energy, such as turning off equipment that's not in use. The information is also available online at

BC Hydro has been trying to attract data centers to the BC area.

Here is more information about VenueEnergyTracker.

about the venue energy tracker

BC Hydro and the Vancouver Organizing Committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) created the Venue Energy Tracker to showcase the innovative sustainability measures implemented in various 2010 Winter Games venues and associated sites through an energy management software.


The communities involved were challenged with producing world class facilities with a minimal environmental footprint, while maximizing the long term legacies for their residents. The Venue Energy Tracker communicates the energy consumption and savings being realized by various partner venue buildings.


Employing the latest in energy management software technology, BC Hydro with the energy tracking software tracks, analyzes and reports on real-time energy consumption from the venue sites in order to see energy and green house gas savings and set benchmarks from which similar venues can compare themselves to.

Learning from past Games, applying best practices in green design, construction, and occupant engagement, the communities were able to mitigate local and global sustainability challenges and embrace opportunities to make a difference. Actions taken include implementing green building features, including but not limited to: implementing energy saving technology, sequestering BC Pine Beetle wood as a construction material, rainwater capture and reuse, waste heat reuse, targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certification, and incorporating green principles and practices into operations and events.