Alert Notice #102
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
August 26,2014


1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technology
6. Building Performance Issues
7. Products & Suppliers
8. Installation & Procedures
9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Costs & Savings
14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

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Here is another special BC Building Info issue on green building and energy efficieny.

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Ken's Top Pick

Guidelines For Geoexchange Systems In BC
Geoexchange BC has published a series of guidelines to educate key players (developers, owners, coordinating professionals, construction managers, engineers, installers and commissioning teams) on the requirements of a successful geoexchange project. They include User Guide, Site Suitability Guidelines, Design Guidelines, Procurement Guidelines, and Commissioning Guidelines.

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes Growth In Recovering Market
McGraw Hill Construction report Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market details the evolution of green building for single-family homes through comparisons with previous studies, and includes new data on green multifamily housing to provide a comprehensive review of the sector.

US Builders Making Solar Standard
US Homebuilding giant D.R. Horton recently announced it is building 80 new homes in its Orchid development in Milpitas, Calif., with solar photovoltaic systems as standard.

Builders Seek To Influence Fast-Growing Resiliency Initiatives
Pro Sales says Mother Nature is teaming up with a collection of green building advocates and industry groups to propel a movement that home builders generally support but that they also fear could give rise to onerous new codes as well as rules favoring certain construction products.

US & Canadian 2015 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge
RESNET Cross Border Challenge will be a friendly competition between American and Canadian Home Builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build. In 2015 there will be a total of seven builder awards; five are based on having the lowest HERS score for their specific category, and two will be special President’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings.

Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving New & Retrofit Market
Canada Green Building Council & McGraw Hill Construction report Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, finds Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, and companies investing in green buildings are realizing a significant return on their investments. (PDF)

10 Recycling & Waste Management Trends In Near Future
TreeHugger describes 10 recycling and waste management trends to look out for in the near future.

Commercial Buildings Will Invest Nearly $960 Billion In Energy Retrofits From 2014-2023
Navigant Research says commercial building owners and managers will invest nearly $960 billion in energy efficiency retrofits from 2014-2023.

Sunny Ontario Experiment Gone Wrong
Globe and Mail says a form of state-sanctioned mad science is costing Ontarians dearly without doing diddly to improve the environment.

2. Business Management

Marketing & Selling Green Homes
CHBA shares some insights from three green builders on how to market and sell green homes. (PDF)

Align Your Green Home Marketing With Your Buyers' Values, Not Your Own
US National Association of Home Builders says one of the most significant obstacles to green home building is the prevailing builder myth that ALL consumers ONLY care about energy efficiency because an energy-efficient home will cost less to operate.

Appraisal Institute Supports USGBC Green Home Report Findings
US Appraisal Institute has announced its support for a US Green Building Council report that found green labeled homes can sell at higher prices.

Your Building Is Green, Why Isn't Your Appraisal?
Home Innovation Research Labs says building owners have more power than they may realize to get an appropriate green appraisal.

Quality Assurance Strategy For Existing Homes
US Department of Energy online guide Quality Assurance Strategy for Existing Homes: Final Quality Management Primer for High-Performing Homes, outlines steps to implementing a comprehensive quality management system. It focuses on smoothing the transition to high performance homes, minimizing builder risks, and delivering a consistent message about the value of high performance homes. (PDF)

Your Home Performance Marketing Plan
Home Energy magazine provides key marketing tips to unlock the potential of your home performance customer base.

Tale Of Two Value Propositions
Mike Rogers describes a hypothetical project with two archetypal contractor stand-ins that demonstrates two different approaches to presenting value propositions.

This Book Is A Roadmap For Business Careers In Sustainability
Green Biz interview with Katie Kross discusses her new book, Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability.

3. Building Design & Trends

Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision For Zero Carbon Living & Mobility
Honda has opened a highly efficient living laboratory home that showcases technologies that enable net zero energy living and transportation.

NIST Net-Zero Test House Exceeds Goal With Energy To Spare
After a year's test, a net-zero house built in Maryland by the National Institute of Standards and Technology generated 491 kilowatt-hours more than it needed.

Net Zero Simple With Passive Solar
Green Energy Futures describes how passive solar energy gets you close to zero energy.

Passive House Online Videos
Green Building Advisor online Passive House video series follows a project from planning through completed construction.

Architectural Drawings For Solar Thermal Systems
Building America describes how to provide an architectural drawing and riser diagram for the homeowner showing the planned location for future solar hot water system components.

Landscaping For Energy Efficiency
US Residential Energy Services Network describes how landscaping can be energy efficient and help you reduce your energy costs and make your home more comfortable to live in.

Sustainable Interiors Certification Program
Green Globes updated Sustainable Interiors Certification Program is an alternative to LEED. Green Globes is a Web-based program that offers guidance on integrated design and provides certification in two stages: at the design stage and post-construction.

Green Design Transforming City Office Towers
Business in Vancouver says studies have shown that LEED office construction can deliver higher lease rates and stronger tenant retention. Vancouver's new Exchange office tower will be first in BC encased in a triple-glazed curtain wall. The $200 million tower is aiming for LEED Platinum certification.

Online US National Performance Based Design Guide
US National Institute of Building Sciences online National Performance Based Design Guide establishes performance-based requirements to be used in the programming, design, and documentation of new buildings, major and minor alterations and work in historic structures of all kinds.

New Urban Bikeway Design Guide
American Society of Landscape Architects provides an overview of the New Urban Bikeway Design Guide, 2nd Edition.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Canadian Editor Questions Passivhaus Dogma
Green Building Advisor says in a recent editorial, our own local building science expert Richard Kadulski expressed reservations about the Passivhaus standard.

New Energy Provisions In BC Building Code
Journal Of Commerce summarizes Murray Frank's comments on new energy provisions in the BC Building Code.

US Standards Of Practice For Home Energy Rating
RESNET Home Energy Rating Standards of Practice guides certified RESNET Home Energy Raters and Rating Field Inspectors in the inspection and testing of a home's energy performance. The standards address: Scope of standard; Limitations of rater responsibilities; Additional services that a rater may provide; Minimum rated features of a home; The rating report; Rater financial interest disclosure; General limitations and exclusions. (PDF)

Sustainable Sites v2 Rating System Now Available
Sustainable Sites Initiative updated SITES v2 Rating System & Reference Guide is the most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes. It is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers, and others to guide them in land design and development.

Determining ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Climate Zones For BC
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch bulletin describes considerations for determining ASHRAE 90.1-2010 climate zones, relative to BC Building Code requirements. (PDF)

User Manual For Standard 90.1-2013
ASHRAE sells User's Manual For Standard 90.1-2013 that includes guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. $115 USD

Overview Of CSA S478 Guideline On Durability In Buildings
Morrison Hershfield online slide show presentation describes the CSA S478 Guideline On Durability In Buildings. (PDF)

Energy Labeling Showdown Between Energy Star & ASHRAE bEQ
Light House worked with Vancity and modelled their head office in Vancouver using both Energy Star and ASHRAE bEQ systems. The study determined the differences in requirements for each program, the administrative concerns, and the energy labeling policy context, implications and opportunities.

Prescriptive, Performance-Based, Outcome-Based Energy Code Systems
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation report Comparative Analysis of Prescriptive, Performance-Based, and Outcome-Based Energy Code Systems provides an overview of the pros and cons of various energy code systems and how they compare in their ability to predict and measure actual energy performance. (PDF)

Environmental Data For Window Glass
National Center for Sustainability Standards product category rule for flat glass used in glazing will standardize life-cycle assessments for the industry and lead to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). (PDF)

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5. Building Science & Technology

Bathroom Exhaust Fans May Satisfy Whole-House Ventilation Requirements
Green Building Advisor says bath fans help remove odors and moisture and can be used in some homes to satisfy whole-house ventilation requirements.

Evaluation Of Ventilation Strategies In New Multifamily Buildings
US Department of Energy report Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings evaluated four ventilation strategies in the field to validate system performance. The systems include continuous exhaust only with no designated supply or make-up air source, continuous exhaust with ducted make-up air to apartments, continuous exhaust with supply through a make-up air device integral to the unit HVAC, and continuous exhaust with supply through a passive inlet device, such as a trickle vent. (PDF)

Is It OK To Close Air Conditioner Vents In Unused Rooms?
Green Building Advisor says in most cases it is not wise to close air conditioner vents in unused rooms.

Are Women More Sensitive To Cold Than Men?
Yahoo says that more than half of lab and field studies found that women are more likely than men to express thermal dissatisfaction, and that women are more sensitive to cooler conditions.

Are Electric Radiant-Heated Floors Right For You?
Residential Building Products magazine describes features and considerations for selecting electric radiant floor heating systems.

Efficient Hot Water Distribution
US Department of Energy online slide show presentation Energy Efficient Hot Water Distribution II, How to Get it Right describes how to deliver hot water to every fixture, wasting less than one cup of water while waiting for the hot water to arrive, and wasting less energy than would have been wasted running the water down the drain. (PDF)

Modeling Enclosure Design In Above Grade Walls
Building Science led a Building America Expert Meeting on Guidance on Modeling Enclosure Design for Above-Grade Walls. Presenters from national laboratories, consulting firms, and building material manufacturers presented on their research, which matched field measurements of wall hygrothermal behavior to simulations.

Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide For BC
BC Hydro online Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide Analysis, Applications, and Insights explores how the building industry in BC can realistically meet the challenges of reducing energy use in buildings, in part by effectively accounting for the impact of thermal bridging. Links are at bottom of page. (PDF)

Techniques For Treatment Of Thermal Bridges In Building Envelopes
US Army Corps of Engineers report Analysis Techniques, Materials, and Methods for Treatment of Thermal Bridges in Building Envelopes describes capabilities to characterize energy losses through building envelopes (especially thermal bridge losses), and potential mitigation strategies using advanced techniques and materials. (PDF)

6. Building Performance Issues

Summer Shading Performance Of Awnings
CMHC research report done at Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT), Summer Shading Performance of Awnings says movable external shading devices such as awnings can significantly decrease the amount of energy required for cooling a house while keeping temperatures closer to the desired level compared to houses without any shadings. (PDF)

Saving Windows, Saving Money
Living Future report Saving Windows, Saving Money evaluates energy performance of window retrofit and replacement. (PDF)

Heat Losses Are Way More Than Planned
Green Building Advisor says an owner/builder in Ontario feels deflated after heat-loss calculations come in much worse than he expected, but numbers are not always what they seem.

Why Is My House So Hot?
Green Building Advisor discusses why a house with added attic insulation has air conditioning equipment that runs longer than it used to.

Evaluating Filtration System Performance In Homes
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory online guide Measurement-Based Evaluation of Installed Filtration System Performance in Single-Family Homes provides background information on the factors that impact filtration system performance and specific guidance on how to implement installed performance evaluations. (PDF)

Osmosis. The Bane Of Liquid Applied Waterproofing Membranes
Graham Finch of RDH Building Engineering presented this online slide show, The Bane of Liquid Applied Waterproofing Membranes Presentation, at the 18th Annual Westford Symposium, Building Science Summer Camp. The presentation covers history of cold applied liquid waterproofing membranes up to discovery and proof of osmotic blistering failure, and results from recent testing of various membrane types.

Multifamily Green Building Certification Still Has Issues
Green Building Advisor says we’re making progress, but for many designers and builders there is still a long way to go in multifamily green building certification.

Cities Must Prepare For Climate Change Or Get Sued
SF Gate says insurance companies are preparing for climate change, and it behooves cities to follow suit. Insurance companies are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who the companies say haven't prepared for climate-change-related floods and storms that potentially could cost the companies billions in payments.

7. Products & Suppliers

Counterfeit UL Mark On Photovoltaic Panels In Canada
UL alert says the AstralENERGY photovoltaic panel bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States and Canada.

BC Advanced Conservation & Efficiency Association
BC Advanced Conservation & Efficiency Association is a non-profit association created for the purpose of advocating for conservation and efficiency in our use of resources, and of promoting the industries that deliver this vital element of our economy, society and the environment.

Essential Solutions For Sustainable Building & Infrastructure
BC Ready Mixed Concrete Association online guide Rediscover Concrete: Essential Solutions For Sustainable Building & Infrastructure, provides considerations for using concrete as a sustainable product. (PDF)

Green Materials Report On Permeable Concrete
Green Building Elements (GBE) report discusses green features, benefits and considerations for permeable concrete.

Webinar On Low-E Storms, The Next Big Thing In Window Retrofits
Building America webinar on Low-E storm windows shows how a new and improved low-e storm window boasts a combination of curb appeal and energy efficiency, all for a fraction of the cost of window replacement.

4 Ventilation Quotes That Will Rock Your IAQ World
Energy Vanguard describes four very interesting ventilation quotes.

BES 6001 Framework Standard For Responsible Sourcing
UK GreenBook Live online Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products provides a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which component materials are mined or harvested, through manufacture and processing. It is demonstrated through an ethos of supply chain management and product stewardship and encompasses social, economic and environmental dimensions.

Green Roofs Are Cost-Effective Means Of Preventing Sewer Overflows
Green Building Elements says green roofs retain water and thus prevent said water from simply flowing into the sewers.

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8. Installation & Procedures

Programmable Thermostat Installation
Building America Solution Center describes how to install a programmable thermostat to control the heating and cooling equipment.

Simplified Space Conditioning In Low-Load Homes
US Department of Energy report Simplified Space Conditioning in Low-Load Homes summarizes a field test of four air-based heating, ventilation, and air conditioning distribution systems that were evaluated during heating, cooling, and midseason conditions. (PDF)

Air Seal HVAC Cabinet Seams
Building America Solution Center describes how to seal seams and holes in the air handler or furnace cabinet of central forced air HVAC systems to prevent the loss of conditioned air.

Measure External Static Pressure Of Single Piece Air Handler
David R Blog describes how to measure the total external static pressure of a single piece air handler.

Balancing Hydronic Systems In Multifamily Buildings
US Department of Energy report Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings explores cost-effective distribution upgrades and balancing measures in multifamily hydronic systems, providing a resource to contractors, auditors, and building owners on best practices to improve tenant comfort and lower operating costs. (PDF)

3 Tips For Installing Reclaimed Wood Walls
Matt Risinger says biscuits and back-kerfing are the secrets to reclaiming wood sheathing for use as an interior finish.

Deep-Dish Retrofit Of Uninsulated Masonry Wall From Outside
Building Science describes how to retrofit an uninsulated masonry wall from the outside so you can get a perfect wall out of the deal.

Retrofit Case Study For Reducing Building Energy Consumption
Read Jones Christoffersen online Reducing Building Energy Consumption, Building Retrofit Case Study highlights a major retrofit of an existing 1960’s office building that had a very poorly performing building envelope. It discusses improvements made to the building envelope and mechanical system and how integration of the two systems has significantly improved overall occupant comfort and reduced energy consumption. (PDF)

Architectural Drawings For Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Building America Solution Center describes how to provide an architectural drawing for a future solar photovoltaic installation.

Solar Photovoltaic Specification, Checklist, Guide
US Environmental Protection Agency online Solar Photovoltaic Specification, Checklist and Guide will assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive. (PDF)

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

Community Energy Symposium 2014 In New Westminster
Community Energy Symposium 2014, held in New Westminster on September 11th, provides information on community energy issues and ideas. (PDF)

Energy & Power Terminology
HPAC magazine describes how to use the right terminology and the right units when dealing with energy or power.

Smart Meters Shown To Change Customer Behaviors
Utility Dive says newly available and independently validated data from the MyMeter program used by four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota and from two Massachusetts programs suggests that behavioral programs in which utilities feed detailed electricity usage information from smart meters to customers via a website or smartphone are effective at moving those customers toward energy efficient practices.

Utilities See Distributed Generation Coming; Energy Efficiency Working
Energy Efficiency Markets says once upon a time when a big power plant retired, it was replaced by one as big or bigger. But not anymore. Energy efficiency is increasingly reducing the need for more power. And when it is needed, distributed generation may be enough.

How Microgrids Work
US Department of Energy describes how a microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.

What Will The 21st Century Grid Look Like?
Energy Efficiency Markets says we cannot run a 21st century grid with 1950s technologies, fuel sources and practices. The good news is steps are being taken to usher in the new grid.

Installation Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations On Strata Properties In BC
Condominium Home Owners' Association report Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on Strata Properties in British Columbia identifies what a strata corporation or a strata lot owner needs to know when considering the installation of an electric vehicle charging station on strata property. (PDF)

Benefits Of EV Charging Stations To Property Owners
Canadian Property Management says property owners and managers may want to start thinking about including charging stations in their buildings, as being an early adapter can have its benefits.

Automobile Technology & Fuel Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada describes automobile manufacturers innovative technologies that deliver fuel savings and emissions reductions without compromising performance.

10. Information Sources

GLOBE 2014 Conference Presentations
GLOBE provides access to full session recordings from select GLOBE 2014 plenary sessions.

A Look At Understanding Home Energy
Minnesota Building Performance Association online video Understanding Home Energy explains features and benefits of home performance.

Rise Of The Net-Zero Home
Green Energy Futures online video series Chasing Net-Zero describes the history and explains the incredible rise of net-zero homes in Canada.

Canadian Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2011
Natural Resources Canada online Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2011 tables provide data on energy use and GHG emissions as well as information on major activities and relevant indicators influencing energy use. (PDF)

Global Resource Site On Building Rating Information
Building Rating has updated their site on building energy performance rating and disclosure intelligence. It has an online library of resources, including information on global policies, programs, impact analyses, and rating systems and tools.

Disaster Resilience Center Of Excellence
US National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced a competition to create a Community Resilience Center of Excellence aimed at developing tools and standardized methods that will help localities to reduce the impact of disasters and to speed recovery in their aftermath.

Resource Site On Wind Energy Industry
Wind Energy Update provides information and resources on the wind energy industry.

US Energy Department To Make Research Papers Free
Science News says the US Department of Energy is making its researchers' papers free. It will have a Web portal that will link to full-text papers a year after they're published. Once researchers are up to speed and submitting their manuscripts, that will mean 20,000 to 30,000 new free papers a year on energy research, physics, and other scientific topics.

Environmental Quiz On Forests
Dovetail free Environmental Quiz can open the door to inquiry and learning about forests and forestry.

11. Conferences & Shows

North American Passive House Conference
Passive House Institute US presents the 9th annual North American Passive House Conference in California, September 10-14.

Built Green Conference In Seattle
Built Green 2014 Conference & Expo, held in Seattle on September 18th, is an annual event for building industry professionals, builders, architects, designers, vendors, consultants, engineers, realtors, government agencies, and students. The primary focus of the conference is to educate the local and regional building industry on quality green building practices, products, and projects, as well as inspiring groups to continue to strive to build more sustainable communities.

Groundswell 2014 In Vancouver
Cascadia Green Building Council presents Groundswell 2014 in Vancouver on September 26th. It is a unique and lively event offering an evening of food and drink, connecting with friends and celebrating our bioregion's rule-breakers, change-makers, accomplishments and future plans.

Solar West 2014: Conference & Trade Show In Calgary
Canadian Solar Industries Association presents Solar West 2014 Conference & Trade Show in Calgary, October 1-2.

Building Performance Forum For HVAC Contractors
Air Conditioning Contractors of America presents the second Building Performance Forum in Charlotte, October 7-8. It's purpose is to help HVAC contractors and the industry realize the full potential of building performance.

US Solar Industry Conference
Solar Power International, in Las Vegas, October 20-23, is the annual US solar industry conference and trade show.

International Green Building Conference & Expo
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be held in New Orleans, October 22-24. It features networking, educational programs, speakers and exhibits. Conference highlights include LEED workshops, green building tours, poster sessions, plenary and master speakers and the annual Leadership Awards celebration.

12. Education & Training

BC Seminars On Soils, Excavation, Below Grade Assemblies
BC Homeowner Protection Office presents Building Smart seminar #20 Soils, Excavation and Below Grade Assemblies. It will cover key elements in new BC code requirements for excavation and foundations, tips on working with professional geotechnical engineers, moisture movement challenges, requirements for proper footing and storm drains, and recent changes in the code affecting insulation, soil gas provisions and airtightness.

Go Small Or Go Home: What's Coming In Residential HVAC
Research Alliance free August 27th webinar Go Small or Go Home: What's Coming in Residential HVAC looks beyond traditional air distribution systems to find out how smaller diameter duct systems can offer easier installation and better performance, and still come in at the right price point.

Free Webinars On NAFS & Canadian Building Code Requirements
Fenestration Canada has scheduled a series of information seminars designed to update window and door fabricators, builders, specifiers, architects and code officials dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to provincial building codes referencing the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08).

ASHRAE 90.1 & NECB 2011 Workshop
BC Hydro Power Smart New Construction Program and FortisBC Custom Design Program presents a half-day ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and NECB 2011 workshop in Burnaby on September 18th. This workshop will review the new City of Vancouver Building Bylaws and British Columbia Building Code’s Part 3 energy provisions, including: a discussion on the energy performance compliance modelling paths, and when it is needed; and review of how LEED Canada modelling compares to compliance modelling.

Free Webinar On Multifamily Ventilation Strategies
Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on Multifamily Ventilation Strategies and Compartmentalization Requirements on September 24th. It will focus on key challenges in multifamily ventilation and strategies to address these challenges.

LEED For Contractors
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association half-day seminar is aimed at introducing LEED to general and trade contractors. Held in Burnaby on October 2nd, it provides a concise overview of the different aspects of a LEED project that contractors are primarily involved in.

Online Course On Mastering Building Science
Advanced building science online training course on Mastering Building Science, held October 27 to December 12, is an opportunity to study closely with Allison Bailes over ten highly-interactive weeks. This course is for professionals with 5+ years of building science experience looking to go deeper and spend time on more advanced topics with a strong mentor and others in the industry.

Upcoming Energy Training Programs In BC Fall 2014
BC Sustainable Energy Association and Canadian Institute for Energy Training promote and deliver energy training programs in BC. Another round of courses will take place this fall.

Building Energy & Resource Management Program
Douglas College is again offering the Building Energy and Resource Management program, focused on traditional needs for energy management (HVAC and lighting conservation, heat flow, and utility rate structures). It will also expose students to principles of internal waste management programs (from paper to food), setting up transportation (carpool) programs, water conservation measures, understanding change management and GHG hidden in building materials.

New BCIT Energy Modelling Course
BC Construction Association says BCIT will be launching a new energy modeling course for building professionals starting September 2014. This course introduces energy modeling to building professionals to enable effective incorporation of energy modeling into the design process – including a review of building orientation, envelope design, space configurations and massing, opportunities to minimize the need for mechanical equipment (e.g., passive design and net-zero solutions).

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13. Costs & Savings

Kilowatt-Hour & Energy Use Of Home Components
BC Hydro Power Smart describes how much it costs to run each electrical device in your home.

Costs To Incorporate Green Features
NAHB says a survey from McGraw Hill Construction highlights the higher cost of incorporating certain energy-efficient or other green features. The incremental cost for builders to construct green homes was 8% in 2013.

New Research Challenges Perception That Sustainability Costs
GLOBE says new research challenges the perception that sustainable buildings are necessarily more costly to construct. Their report, Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback, presents the actual costs of a range of individual sustainability strategies, and the additional costs (if any) of achieving various levels of overall building sustainability. In addition it reveals the associated payback to be gained from reduced utility costs.

Are Green Buildings Better Buildings
Canadian National Research Council conducted a re-analysis of energy data from LEED-certified buildings that showed, on average, LEED buildings used 18-39% less energy per floor area than their conventional counterparts. However, about one-third of individual LEED buildings used more energy than their conventional counterparts. Further, the measured energy performance of LEED buildings had little correlation with the number of energy credits achieved at design time.

Heating Energy Assessment Tools For Professionals
Heating Energy Assessment Tool is a web-based application that tells you whether or not a home is in need of energy retrofits or upgrades. Using algorithms that are normalized for house size and geographical location, and information from its utility bill, HEAT provides a heating energy audit for a home in less than 5 minutes.

Modeled & Measured Savings In Existing Electric Public Housing In Pacific Northwest
US Department of Energy report Evaluation of Modeled and Measured Energy Savings in Existing All Electric Public Housing in the Pacific Northwest analyzes the cost effectiveness of energy savings measures installed by a large public housing authority in Tacoma Washington. (PDF)

Creating Value From Benchmarking, A Utility Perspective
IMT report Creating Value From Benchmarking: A Utility Perspective, examines benchmarking from the utility perspective, with an eye on how innovative energy service providers are leveraging city efforts to advance energy efficiency program planning and implementation. (PDF)

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

BC Expanding Programs To Help Low Income Customers
BC government, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is expanding energy-efficiency programs to help customers, particularly those on low-incomes, reduce their electricity and gas bills.

Cautious Optimism For BC Residential Energy Conservation Programs
BC Sustainable Energy Association says energy efficiency & conservation save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. BC’s utilities are taking the lead but the government still has a critical role.

Overview Of New Homes Programs In US & Canada
Consortium of Energy Efficiency report Overview of Residential New Homes Programs in the United States and Canada summarizes currently active voluntary efficiency programs construction of new homes that meet certain energy performance requirements. (PDF)

Overview Of Existing Homes Programs In US & Canada
Consortium of Energy Efficiency report Overview of Residential Existing Homes Programs in the United States and Canada summarizes currently active voluntary efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy consumption in existing homes. (PDF)

Energy Efficiency Finance Gains Traction
Energy Efficiency Markets says it appears that the energy efficiency finance industry is now expanding and gaining traction.

Energy Efficiency Financing Seminar
NRCan is presenting the Energy Efficiency Financing workshop in Vancouver on October 25th. It will show you how to calculate the financial value of energy efficiency projects, present an effective business case to senior management, understand the basics of third-party financing mechanisms such as energy performance contracting, and analyze an energy project from an internal financing or a third-party financing perspective, using take-home software.

Energy Efficiency Financing Program Implementation Primer
Energy Efficiency Financing Program Implementation Primer provides an overview of key considerations for state and local policymakers, utility energy efficiency program administrators, and program partners such as financial institutions and contractors in designing and implementing successful energy efficiency financing programs for existing buildings in the residential and commercial sectors. (PDF)

Certificate In Community Energy
In January 2015, Community Energy Association is launching the 6-course Certificate in Community Energy Management. Community Energy Administration is the planning, implementation, and management required to reduce energy and emissions in municipal operations and across communities. This is a new discipline spanning the traditional silos of current and long range planning, policy, operations, engineering, transportation, finance, and others.

Green Bond To Fund P3 Project
Journal of Commerce says the first green bond for a North American P3 project was issued this month in BC to fund a pair of hospitals.

Green Bonds Expected To Be 100-Billion Business In 2015
Financial Post says green bonds, expected to be a $100-billion business in 2015, is a relatively new industry that has morphed into the much larger topic of climate-themed bonds.

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