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Alert Notice #111
Green Building & Energy Efficiency


Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
March 10, 2015

Contents:

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.

The regular BC Building Info newsletter covering all industry topics will come your way in a few weeks as usual. Hope you find at least a wee bit of value here somewhere.

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Ken's Top Pick

More High R-Value Wall & Foundation Assemblies
Building Science has added a number of additions to their online research summaries on high R-value walls and foundation systems. These describe features, benefits, issues and considerations for selection, design and installation.

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Energy Efficiency Improvements Largely Offset Effect Of Larger Homes
US Energy Information Administration says the growth in residential energy use has slowed to below the rate of household growth, meaning that per-household energy consumption has decreased. Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70% of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.

Are Our BC Water Systems At Risk?
BC Water & Waste Association report Assessing the Financial Sustainability of BC’s Municipal Water and Sewer Systems assesses the financial capacity of BC's municipalities to maintain, renew, and replace our existing water and wastewater infrastructure.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades During US Renovations
US National Association of Remodeling Industry fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse survey polled 621 members and found 80 percent of them discussed energy efficiency with homeowners, and 94 percent are involved in one or more energy savings upgrades.

Small Commercial Buildings Offer Huge Energy Efficiency Retrofit Opportunities
Building Design & Construction says a NIBS report shows small commercial buildings offer huge energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. The report identifies several barriers to investment in such retrofits, such as the costs and complexity associated with relatively small loan sizes, and issues many small-building owners have in understanding and trusting predicted retrofit outcomes.

88% Of Commercial Contractors Plan To Go Green Within 3 Years
Construction Dive says more than 88% of construction managers who responded to an industry-wide poll on green building practices said they plan to incorporate some green systems or products into their projects over the next three years.

US Study Quantifies Value Of Rooftop Solar
Clean Technica article says a study conducted by a multi-institutional research team led by scientists from US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories examined almost 22,000 house sales, of which almost 4,000 were fitted with PV installations, across eight states in the US between 1999 to 2013. According to the study, home buyers are more than willing to pay a premium of up to $15,000 for a home with an installed solar PV system (which averaged about $4 per watt of PV installed).

Retirement Saving Could Help Build Better Community
The Tyee says a novel financial experiment that's pumped an estimated $50 million into communities across Nova Scotia is about to go bi-coastal. In September, the Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-operative held an inaugural meeting to elect a board of directors. Next year, it hopes to issue British Columbia's very first Community Investment Bonds.

World Energy Productivity Still Soft
Energy Efficiency Markets summarizes a Philips report, 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index, that finds we waste 98 percent of the energy we use because we engage in wasteful means of transport and production.

2. Business Management

Marketing Energy-Efficient Homes
Seeing Green offers some articles with tips on the most effective ways to communicate the benefit of green features.

Marketing Net Zero The Wright Way
Canadian Home Builders Association says when Ontario builder, Steven Wright of Wrighthaven Homes (and member of CHBA's new Net Zero Energy Housing Council) marketed his net zero house, they came by the thousands. (PDF)

Selling Energy Conservation
Home Energy Magazine describes how selling energy conservation is the art of educating, listening, partnership, and flexibility.

Preacher Or Partner In Use Of Technical Terms
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency says there are words that mean something to many of us, but sound like nothing more than gobbledygook to our clients.

Valuing The Appraiser In Home Performance
Blue House Energy describes how to value the role of the appraiser in home performance.

How Internet Of Things Has New Ways To Pay For Energy
GreenBiz says with the Internet of Things projected to become a $19 trillion industry by 2020, the tech trend with big implications for sustainability fields from building efficiency to mobility has quickly become a familiar concept.

Green & Healthy Property Management Guide For Multifamily
US Local Initiatives Support Corporation online Green & Healthy Property Management guide provides community partners and other owners of low-income housing with a basis for an open discussion with their property managers about green and healthy goals, implementation of those goals, and ongoing oversight of the properties' energy performance. (PDF)

Improve Your Building’s Energy Performance, Energy Benchmarking Primer
NRCan online report Improve Your Building’s Energy Performance: Energy Benchmarking Primer provides a business case for energy benchmarking, supported by case studies and testimonials from organizations that have successfully implemented benchmarking programs. It also offers helpful tips and resources. (PDF)

3. Building Design & Trends

Winners Of 23rd Annual BC Georgie Awards
British Columbia's residential construction industry was celebrated in Vancouver on Friday February 27, by honouring the best and brightest of B.C.'s home building and renovation community at the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.

2015 Cross Border Builder Challenge Awards Announced
The award winners of the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS Index Score, were announced by RESNET and the Canadian counterpart CRESNET at the recent RESNET Building Performance Conference.

An Off-Grid Solar Community In BC
Green Building Advisor describes cold-climate PV and passive solar solutions for big houses.

Living Off The Grid In 140 Square Feet
Vina’s Tiny House is a personal project: building & designing her own home. It reflects her philosophy about simplicity, sustainability, and living within her means.

Mission Zero Heritage House
Living Future describes the Mission Zero House in Michigan. Built circa 1901, it has achieved Net Zero Energy Building Certification while also complying with the guidelines of the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation.

Northern Housing Project Profiles
CMHC online Northern Housing Project Profiles provide overviews of the technical details and performance of Northern Sustainable Houses. Details on the design process and layout, building envelope considerations (such as wall, roof, and floor construction), heating, ventilation and passive solar features are presented along with energy modelling and costing information.

Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home
US Department of Energy case study describes the first manufactured home built to their Zero Energy Ready Home standard.

Unfolding Community Resilience
Green Building Advisor says sustainable building practices aren't enough; we must learn to build resilient communities that get stronger because of stress.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

New BC Builder Licensing Requirements
Under the Homeowner Protection Act regulations, the B.C. government is establishing new qualifications and continuing education requirements for home builders constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings.

Canadian Energy Star Newsletter Winter 2015
Natural Resources Canada online Winter 2015 edition of the Energy Star newsletter provides updates on Energy Star standards and industry information.

New ASHRAE Standard For Energy Efficiency In Existing Buildings
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to achieve greater measured energy efficiency. It addresses buildings' energy-use efficiency in a quantitative manner and provides a means to improve that efficiency with an objective benchmark. $72 USD

Sustainability Standard For Household Refrigeration Appliances
CSA Group says AHAM 7001-2014/CSA SPE-7001-14/UL 7001, Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances, has been approved as a national standard for the US and Canada. The new standard is intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally preferable products and is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of refrigeration products in five key areas: energy, materials, end-of-life, performance, and manufacturing. (PDF)

New Performance Standards For Residential Wood Heaters
US Environmental Protection Agency new clean air standards for residential wood heaters will make new heaters significantly cleaner and improve air quality in communities where people burn wood for heat. The updates, which are based on improved wood heater technology, strengthen the emissions standards for new woodstoves, while establishing the first ever federal air standards for several types of previously unregulated new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers, and indoor wood-burning forced air furnaces.

Proposed US Efficiency Standard May Eliminate Non-Condensing Gas Furnaces
US Department of Energy has issued a new proposed rulemaking to increase the minimum efficiency standards for gas furnaces, which are mostly fueled by natural gas but also include propane furnaces. The proposed standard would increase the minimum efficiency standard for these furnaces for the first time since 1992, to a higher minimum efficiency level of 92 AFUE.

Public Review Of New Standard For Stormwater Harvesting System Design
American Society of Plumbing Engineers standard Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications is open for public review. It covers onsite, single-property stormwater catchment systems that utilize the principle of collecting and using precipitation or rain from non-rooftop and other impervious surfaces at, below, and above grade. The objectives of this Standard are to provide guidance on how to provide and maintain a safe alternative to utility-provided water and to optimize stormwater utilization.

Tougher Energy Codes Don't Lower Consumption
Fine Homebuilding says a researcher finds strict building codes in California have failed to lower energy consumption while adding thousands to construction costs.

Environmental Regulations Nay Not Cost As Much As Feared
The Economist article says environmental regulations may not cost as much as governments and businesses fear.

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5. Building Science & Technology

Mean Radiant Temperature Explained
Dan Holohan of Heating Help always has a simple way of explaining highly technical topics. Here he walks you through a story that describes what mean radiant temperature is.

Layers & Pathways Of Heat Flow In Buildings
Energy Vanguard article describes two ways heat flows through building assemblies, series and parallel heat flow.

Wind Washing Issues & Considerations
Building America Solution Center describes issues and considerations for dealing with wind washing, such as areas where wind is flowing through attic soffit vents and into adjacent second-story floor cavities, under or against attic kneewalls, or through cracks along top plates to pull heat from conditioned space or introduce unconditioned air into conditioned space.

High-R Wall 2x6 Advanced Frame Construction
Building Science describes features and benefits of a 2x6 high-R wall using advanced frame construction. Advanced framing with insulated sheathing significantly reduces the thermal bridging through the enclosure and improves the thermal efficiency of the fiberglass batt in the stud space. Using insulated sheathing decreases the potential for both wintertime condensation, and summer inward vapor drives, and helps mitigate issues caused by poor construction practices.

Fire Resistance Of Structural Composite Lumber
The Engineered Wood Association report Fire Resistance of Structural Composite Lumber provides a summary of SCL fire performance based on model building codes and research literature. Free site registration required.

From Building Rehabilitation To Deep Energy Retrofit
RDH Building Engineering shows how a rental apartment rehabilitation project reconceived as a deep energy retrofit can achieve benefits for a landlord or building manager.

Greenhouse Gas Implications Of HVAC Upgrades In Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
BC Homeowner Protection Office report Greenhouse Gas Implications of HVAC Upgrades in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings explores approaches for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning upgrades in multi-unit residential building in British Columbia. (PDF)

Energy-Efficient Controls For Multifamily Domestic Hot Water
US Department of Energy online presentation Energy-Efficient Controls for Multifamily Domestic Hot Water summarizes a field study in which two types of central domestic hot water systems controls, demand control and temperature modulation, were retrofitted into four existing multifamily buildings in New York. Energy savings, cost savings, and resident satisfaction are presented, including interactive effects with space conditioning systems. (PDF)

6. Building Performance Issues

Minisplit Heat Pumps & Blizzards
Green Building Advisor article says outdoor minisplit units that are mounted near grade can get buried by snow.

Gas Furnace Performance At End Of Life
US Department of Energy study Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life examined the impact that common installation practices and age-induced equipment degradation may have on the installed performance of natural gas furnaces over the life of the product, as measured by steady-state efficiency and AE. (PDF)

Possible Health Effects Of Exposure To Residential Electric & Magnetic Fields
US National Center for Biotechnology online book Information Possible Health Effects of Exposure to Residential Electric And Magnetic Fields discusses the tools available to measure exposure, common types of exposures, and what is known about the effects of exposure. It looks at correlations between EMF exposure and carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, neurobehavioral effects, reproductive and developmental effects, effects on melatonin and other neurochemicals, and effects on bone healing and stimulated cell growth.

Life Cycle Assessment For Built Environment
Cold Climate Housing Research Center paper Life-Cycle Assessment for the Built Environment is an examination of life-cycle assessment for the built environment, exploring the assessment tools, steps, and limitations for the general industry practitioner. (PDF)

Controlling Air Pollution From Residential Wood Heaters
US Environmental Protection Agency provides information and resources on controlling air pollution from residential wood heaters.

Developing US Water Efficiency Rating System
US Residential Energy Services Network is planning to develop a water efficiency rating system that will allow homebuyers to know how efficiently water is being used in the homes they are considering to buy.

New Form Helps Analyze Green Commercial Real Estate Features
Appraisal Institute's new Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that lenders can use as part of the scope of work. The addendum also assists investors in communicating the construction features of the property that impact income.

Only 10% Of Wind Farm Fires Reported
Environmental News Network article says a global assessment of the world's wind farms, which in total contain an estimated 200,000 turbines, has showed that ten times more fires are happening than are being reported.

7. Products & Suppliers

What, Why & How Of Green Marketing Claims
Dovetail report The Green Guides: What, Why and How of Green Marketing Claims summarizes requirements of the Green Guides as they relate to renewable and recyclable materials, including wood and fiber products. It also highlights recent changes to the Green Guides and the overall impact of the guidelines on green marketing efforts. (PDF)

First Energy Star Clothes Dryers Now Available In US
US Environmental Protection Agency says that Energy Star-certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide through major retailers. The more than 45 models of dryers that have earned the Energy Star label from several major manufacturers provide at least 20% more efficiency at prices comparable to standard dryers.

Energy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit US Markets
Green Building Advisor says Whirlpools ventless HybridCare heat pump dryer cuts energy use by as much as 73 percent, and LG offers a competing model.

Understanding Water Efficient Toilets
Plumbing Engineer describes how toilet water-efficiency standards, testing and certification programs have continued to evolve.

Choosing A New Wood Stove
Green Building Advisor suggests matching the heat output of the wood stove with the heat load of the house, and leaving room for the quirks of human operators.

California Energy Standards Recognize Importance Of HVAC Filter Selection
US Department of Energy says research on HVAC air filter sizing prompted a change in the California Title 24 Energy Code requiring filter manufacturers, HVAC designers, and HERS raters to make changes that will encourage the use of higher MERV filters without degrading HVAC performance.

Field Test Of Boiler Primary Loop Temperature Controller
US Department of Energy report Field Test of Boiler Primary Loop Temperature Controller studied an emerging class of Advanced Load Monitoring aftermarket controllers that dynamically respond to the boiler load, with claims of 10% to 30% of fuel savings over a heating season. (PDF)

Energy Efficiency Crowdsourcing Community
Idea Scale is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory site where researchers, product developers, and deployment teams can freely collaborate and provide feedback on cutting-edge building energy efficiency technologies and give a voice to new ideas that could develop into the market's next big thing.

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8. Installation & Procedures

Deep Energy Enclosure Retrofit For Interior Insulation Of Masonry Walls
Building Science online Measure Guideline: Deep Energy Enclosure Retrofit for Interior Insulation of Masonry Walls describes a solution for insulating mass masonry buildings from the interior. It covers the retrofit assembly, technical details, and installation sequence for retrofitting masonry walls. (PDF)

Achieve Grade 1 Fiberglas Batt Installations
Owens Corning online guide describes what it means to get to RESNET's Grade 1 in insulation installation quality, and includes a checklist that builders and insulation installers can use to help ensure they get Grade 1 when installing fiberglass batts. (PDF)

Consumer Guide To Window & Door Replacement
HPO online Consumer Guide to Window and Door Replacement provides information that homeowners need to know to ensure their window and door replacement projects meet the highest standards. (PDF)

One Thing Building Enclosure Workers Should Do
Energy Vanguard says everyone who touches the building enclosure, from the designers to the builder to insulation contractors to the cable guy, should understand that the control layers need to be as complete and continuous as possible.

Air Barriers Difficult In Origami-Inspired Homes
Green Building Advisor says when designers create sprawling houses with multiple bump-outs, it’s difficult for builders to create an uninterrupted air barrier.

Planning Attic Air Sealing Project
Energy Star describes issues, considerations, materials and procedures for air sealing an attic.

Unvented Roof Systems & Advanced Framing Strategies
US Department of Energy allows access to the online video of their High-Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part I: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies webinar. It focuses on methods to design and build roof and wall systems for high performance homes that optimize energy and moisture performance. Presenters are Joe Lstiburek and Vladimir Kochkin.

Deep Energy Retrofit For Zero Energy House Flat Roofs
Building Science online Measure Guideline: Deep Energy Enclosure Retrofit for Zero Energy House Flat Roofs describes strategies and procedures for an exterior retrofit of a flat, wood-framed roof with brick masonry exterior walls, using exterior and interior (framing cavity) insulation. (PDF)

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

Recommendations Of Independent Review Of BC Utilities Commission
BC Ministry of Energy online report Recommendations of the Independent Review of the British Columbia Utilities Commission and Government Response contains 35 recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the BCUC. Government accepts the recommendations and will work with BCUC to implement them. (PDF)

BCUC Sides With Marketplace In Favouring Competition
Mechanical Contractors Association of BC says BC Utilities Commission has sided with the marketplace in favouring competitive interests of BC businesses over attempted industry monopoly by FortisBC.

Roadmap 2020, Powering Canada's Future With Solar Electricity
Canadian Solar Industries Association report Roadmap 2020: Powering Canada's Future with Solar Electricity lays out a plan that identifies barriers to success, outlines opportunities, and makes recommendations to ensure Canada's solar electricity sector is cost competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020. (PDF)

Local Energy Will Be Big Play For 2015
Microgrid Knowledge says local energy seems intuitively right to consumers and businesses. And technology and policy increasingly favor a more distributed grid.

New York Regulators Vote Local Energy Over Old Power Industry
Energy Efficiency Markets says New York electric regulators took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission lines.

US Resource Site On Vehicle Ratings
Greener Cars is a US site with green vehicle and efficiency ratings, as well as green driving tips.

State Of Electric Vehicles In Canada
Green Energy Futures provides an update on the state of electric vehicles in Canada.

First 3D Printed Electric Car
EcoBuilding says the Strati electric car was produced from start-to-finish in 44 hours, speaking to the possible future of mass production.

10. Information Sources

Canadian Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2012
Natural Resources Canada online Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2012 tables provide data on energy use and GHG emissions as well as information on major activities and relevant indicators influencing energy use. (PDF)

Sustainable Landscapes Case Studies
American Society of Landscape Architects describes 30 case studies that illustrate the transformative effects of sustainable landscape design.

Household Guide To Water Efficiency
CMHC online Household Guide to Water Efficiency provides residential consumers with water saving information for indoors and out.

California Online Lighting Efficiency Guides
California Lighting Technology Center online guides were developed to help navigate the lighting requirements in their Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Industry Interviews On Building Performance
Building Performance Podcasts feature interviews with home performance industry players on a wide range of high performance building topics.

Reports On Deep Energy Reductions
Home Performance Coalition online reports describe some deep energy reductions. These are whole-house retrofits that reduce a home's energy consumption by 70% or more and go beyond conventional upgrades, such as replacing HVAC equipment and other household appliances, to address all of the systems in a home that affect energy use.

Resources On Home Energy Efficiency
Smarter House can help homeowners and renters discover energy efficiency improvements that fit their budgets and pay dividends in energy savings.

Getting To Zero Buildings Database
New Buildings Institute online Getting to Zero Buildings Database provides information about high performance buildings across the United States, Canada, and beyond. It includes information on measured and modeled energy performance, environmental characteristics, design process, finances, and other aspects of each project.

11. Conferences & Shows

Water Technologies Symposium
WaterTech 2015, held in Kananaskis, April 20-22, is the premier water technology transfer event for environmental professionals. It is recommended for all industry sectors that have an interest in the technical aspects of water and wastewater management.

Green Real Estate Forum
Green Real Estate Forum, held April 23rd in Toronto, will provide a high level discussion on the economics, feasibility, benefits, and value of upgrading existing properties or developing new properties as green or high performance buildings.

2015 BC Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference
BC Environmental Industries Association annual Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology (BEST) Conference will be held May 19-21, in Whistler. It includes programming with sessions and panel discussions on Spill Response; Trends in Remediation; Urban and Brownfield Renewal; First Nations Relationships; Oil and Gas Industry; Risk and Environmental Assessment, and Emerging Remediation Technologies.

CanSIA Solar Ontario 2015 Conference & Tradeshow
Canadian Solar Industries Association presents its Ontario regional conference Solar Ontario 2015. It is Ontario's largest and most influential solar industry event, taking place in Niagara Falls, May 25-27.

12. Education & Training

Building Smart Seminar Changes To 9.32 Ventilation In BC Building Code
Homeowner Protection Office seminar Changes to 9.32 Ventilation in the BC Building Code will be held around the province this spring. It will explore the options for conformance with the new ventilation requirements in Part 9.32 of the BC Building Code.

BC Government Funds Training To Support Passive House
Province of BC will advance the goal of meeting some new electricity demand through conservation by providing $100,000 to the Canadian Passive House Institute West. This funding will support increased training and certification opportunities for construction and design professionals in BC.

Metro Van EGB & CanPHI March Social
Canadian Passive House Institute is joining the Emerging Green Builders of Metro Vancouver for a social event on Tuesday March 18th at The HIVE in downtown Vancouver. Join them for a relaxing evening of inspiring conversations and collaborations about green building technologies and passive house design.

Construction Business Management Course (Gold Seal Certified)
Vancouver Regional Construction Association course Construction Business Management (Gold Seal Certified) will be held in Abbotsford March 23-24. Participants will learn how to improve the management and business systems of their construction company, including marketing, operations, HR management, financial reporting and risk management.

New Energy Efficiency Requirements In BC Building Code
ICBA breakfast workshop New Energy Efficiency Requirements in BC will be held in Burnaby on March 26th. It will focus on satisfying the prescriptive requirements in the new section of the BC Building Code - 9.36. Energy Efficiency and will not address energy modeling or other best practices. It covers the new requirements and how to demonstrate compliance, as well as how they differ from Code requirements and common practice today.

Managing Asbestos In Your Buildings
BCIT course Managing Asbestos in Your Buildings, beginning April 7, is a practical course that will provide the learner with a broad understanding of the responsibilities relating to Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials. It will also outline the key legislative requirements and best practices for the development and implementation of a comprehensive Asbestos Management Program.

New Ventilation Requirements For Houses & Apartments
ICBA seminar New Ventilation Requirements for Houses and Apartments, will be held in Burnaby on April 20th. It will provide an overview of the new ventilation requirements in BC Building Code Section 9.32., as well as practical examples of how design and install compliant systems.

Solar Electric Design
BCIT course Solar Electric Design will be held in Burnaby, May 22-24. It addresses more advanced PV system design as well as the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. The design principles of grid-tie PV systems, off grid hybrid systems and Building Integrated PV systems are covered in detail.

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13. Costs & Savings

Seeking Developers For Vancouver Affordable Housing Projects
Vancouver Affordable Housing Authority is seeking to contact developers with experience in multi-family projects (large and small) to participate in the Request For Qualifications for the construction of new affordable housing projects. (PDF)

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Solar Buyers Club
Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times describes a solar panel buyers' club that educates residents and improves the cost effectiveness of solar panels, both PV and hot water.

Potential Development Options For 50 Unit R200 Multi-family Building In Fort St John
A Request For Information ("RFI") has been issued by BC Housing Management Commission ("BC Housing") for the purpose of identifying development strategies to complete 50-unit multifamily housing development within the municipal boundaries of Fort St. John, B.C

Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Home Performance
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency says there are a lot of ways things can go wrong with home performance, and here they explain how you can go about avoiding some of the most common unintended consequences.

Online Learning Of Driving Techniques To Save In Fuel Costs
Ecodriving online will show both new and experienced drivers how to safely save on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. In this course you will learn some strategies that can help you use less fuel, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Price Premium Analysis Of US Multi-State Dataset Of Solar Homes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes analyzed 22,822 homes, 3,951 of which are PV, and examined transactions in eight states that span the years 2002-2013. The report finds that home buyers are consistently willing to pay PV home premiums across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types. (PDF)

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

Proposed Home Energy Labelling Pilot Project In Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver Board reviewed a staff report on the Home Energy Labelling Pilot Project. See pages 28 - 32. (PDF)

Banff Launches First Municipal Solar Feed-In Tariff In Canada
Green Energy Futures says Banff is the first municipality in Canada to implement a feed-in tariff or what it’s calling a solar PV production incentive. It is a simple, revolutionary piece of policy that ensures its residents and businesses get a fair rate of return for investing in clean energy production.

Energy Efficiency Industry Can Do Better
Greentech Media article by contributor Matt Golden argues in favor of a new path forward for efficiency based on markets.

Measured Results Coming To Energy Efficiency Programs
Energy Efficiency Markets says energy efficiency programs are increasingly measured and ranked, meaning new transparency to the industry.

Secondary Markets As Capital Source For Energy Efficiency Finance Programs
State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network report Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators, says efficient access to capital from secondary markets--reselling energy loans to investors to replenish program funds--is being advanced as an important enabler of the energy efficiency industry at scale.

How To Credential Energy Efficiency Projects For Investors
Energy Efficiency Markets online podcast features Matt Golden, director of the Investor Confidence Project for the Environmental Defense Fund, answering questions about how to credential energy efficiency projects for investors.

Financing Small Commercial Building Energy Performance Upgrades
US National Institute of Building Sciences report summarizes findings and recommendations on the financing of small commercial retrofit projects for energy efficiency. (PDF)

Addictive Game Could Save You Money On Your Next Utility Bill
Fast Company says the online strategy game, Power House on Facebook, can guide a family of four through a series of everyday household tasks using as little electricity as possible.


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