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Alert Notice #135
Green Building & Energy Efficiency


Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
September 13, 2016

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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Presentations From Building Science Summer Camp
Building Science online presentations from their 20th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science cover a wide range of topics on building science and energy efficient construction.

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Consumer Caution On Door To Door Sales Of Energy Products
Natural Resources Canada says homeowners should be aware of deceptive door-to-door sales tactics that claim to have Energy Star or Natural Resources Canada backing.

Green Building Materials Market To Reach $255B by 2020
Construction Dive says the green building product market growth is largely driven by greater attention to environmental issues and new regulations requiring sustainable construction.

5 Common Myths About Residential Solar
US Department of Energy says the SunShot Initiative has debunked the top five myths about residential solar.

Is Global Energy Use Getting Better?
Energy Vanguard says energy use and the problems that stem from it are a complex global issue. It's easy for those of us in rich countries to miss the big picture sometimes.

Explosive Growth In Clean Energy Financing
Renewable Energy World says at a time when investors are skittish over market volatility, they couldn’t be more bullish on the economic potential of renewables, in particular a form of clean energy financing known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

How Ontario Bungled Green Energy File With Green Corporate Welfare
National Post article by Jon Kieran, a renewable energy consultant and member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association board of directors, says today, with no logical reason to build more wind and solar mega-projects, renewable developers must confront the economic damage they are doing to their families, friends and neighbours, and to the next generation of citizens who will bear the brunt of Ontario green corporate welfare.

Climate Change Role In Water Quality
PM Engineer says climate change and its role in water quality needs to be researched.

Increasing Efficiency Can Stem Climate Change Impacts
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy explores the roles of energy efficiency and water efficiency in moderating some of the adverse impacts of climate change.

2. Business Management

Affordability A Stretch In New BC Code
Victoria Residential Builders Association says home building is a delicate balance requiring expertise in sustainable practices and affordability, and changes like the recently announced BC Stretch Code can severely impact that balance. Changes to energy efficiency in new homes should be a uniform approach established by proven practices and affordability, not by municipal bylaws.

Vancouver Luncheon On Foreign Buyers Tax, Opportunities & Consequences
UDI Vancouver luncheon session on Foreign Buyers Tax, Opportunities & Consequences will be held September 16th. They have invited local economists and real estate lawyer to share their insights on the Foreign Buyers Tax (Bill 28) and its implications for our industry and the local economy.

New Education Requirements For New Ontario Builders
REMI Network says new builders that plan to construct freehold homes and low-rise condominiums in Ontario must now meet certain education requirements, in addition to existing requirements, to register with warranty provider Tarion.

The Most Expensive Contractor
OmStout Consulting 4-part article series says it costs more to deliver quality work. If it costs more, you should charge more.

Remodeling For Energy Efficiency
Fine Homebuilding report Remodeling for Efficiency describes how remodeling is a chance to improve energy efficiency, whether inspired by a desire to eliminate cold, drafty spots, update the floor plan, or gain more space. (PDF)

The Good Business of Green Buildings
Wealth Management says the construction of a commercial building requires heavy use of both materials and energy, and once a building is erected, it almost never stops consuming natural resources. Despite this, economic and environmental benefits beginning to accelerate the adoption of sustainable real estate practices.

The Art Of Managing Multiple Teams
US National Association of Remodeling Industry says being a small business owner specializing in residential construction and remodeling, managing two or more teams can be quite daunting.

New Content Marketing For Home Performance
Energy Circle says the role of great content marketing is constantly evolving. It now goes beyond simply using content to communicate a message to your brand's audience to meet a marketing goal. Instead of just having a service page describing your home performance offering, it's necessary to have additional content explaining what home performance is, the benefits of home performance contracting in detail, and other educational content for your prospective buyers.

John Krigger On Home Performance Helpfulness
Building Performance Podcast features home performance legend John Krigger, author of several books including Residential Energy, talking about how home performance professionals are winning and failing at helping clients with their homes.

3. Building Design & Trends

Buildings Of The Future
US Department of Energy says researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory made a blueprint for buildings that are more comfortable, efficient and intelligent than today.

Building New High Performance Homes
Building Performance Podcast features Matt Risinger on Building New High Performance Homes talking about insulation/outsulation, building science facts/fiction, and the classic dilemma of building anything well: it's complicated.

Case For Systems Approach To Energy Efficiency
Alliance to Save Energy report Greater than the Sum of its Parts: The Case for a Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency, explores the significant untapped energy savings available through a systems-efficiency approach to building design, construction and operation. The report considers interactions within various building systems, with a focus on mechanical and lighting systems. It also explores interactions among multiple systems within a building, and discusses challenges and opportunities for implementing a systems-level approach to building efficiency. (PDF)

Buyers Say They Are Willing To Pay Extra For Smart Homes
Washington Post says consumer polls point to smart-homes commanding higher prices and faster purchases from buyers, provided that the smart home features are installed before move-in. According to a project by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 54 per cent of buyers (in a sample of 1,250) say that given the choice between two identical homes, one smart and one not, they'd buy the smart home.

What If Smart Homes Were Designed For Seniors, Instead?
CO Design says young people are often the internet of things target market, but elders might make more sense.

Ontario Homes First to Qualify for Net Zero Energy Label
On July 25th the CHBA qualified five Net Zero Energy homes built by Reid's Heritage Homes, and the first Net Zero Energy ready home built by Lucchetta Homes, under the CHBA Net Zero Energy Labelling Program Pilot.

Integrative Business Model For Net-Zero Energy Districts
Rocky Mountain Institute report presents an innovative business model for developing net-zero energy or ultra-low energy districts and details how pursuing net-zero energy is not a cost, but rather a significant value driver. (PDF)

2017 Cross Border Builder Challenge
RESNET & CRESNET are accepting entries to their 2017 Cross Border Builder Challenge. It is a friendly competition between American and Canadian builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build. (PDF)

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Vancouver Proposed 2017 Tipping Fee & Solid Waste Disposal Bylaw Changes
UDI says Metro Vancouver is proposing several changes to the current Tipping Fee Bylaw for 2017. Proposed changes are related to: Organics and Clean Wood Disposal Ban Enforcement Thresholds, Personal Hygiene Products, Disposal ban surcharges for loads containing Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials or Product Stewardship Materials, and Surcharges for unsecured loads.

Canadian Collaboration On Energy Efficiency Standards
Natural Resources Canada report Encouraging Market Transformation Through Collaboration on Energy Efficiency Standards defines how federal, provincial and territorial governments can collaborate to achieve greater harmonization on energy efficiency standards. The framework outlines: A set of common goals that energy efficiency standards support; The principles that define an effective and coordinated regulatory system and guide the development of joint priorities; and The way forward to implement the framework. (PDF)

Understanding EnerGuide Rating System v15
Home Builder Canada says NRCan newly revised EnerGuide Rating System v15 brings some significant changes, and builders will need to become familiar with some new terms and energy metrics.

Updated Sustainability Guidelines For APEG BC Members
APEGBC has updated their Sustainability Guidelines that provide a framework, founded on the principle of holding paramount the public's interest, which will guide APEGBC members in their professional practice. The primary obligation of the guidelines is that members must discuss with their clients or employers the opportunity to incorporate sustainability into the project or work. (PDF)

Green Seal Publishes New Insulation Standard
Green Building Advisor says Green Seal, a nonprofit certifier of green building products, has published a green standard for insulation, giving builders and homeowners the most comprehensive guide to date for choosing products with the lowest potential to damage human health and the environment.

US DOE Advances New Furnace Efficiency Standard
Appliance Standard Awareness Project says US Department of Energy has released a revised proposal for home furnace minimum energy efficiency standards. Most new furnaces would reach an efficiency of at least 92%, while a class of small furnaces are unchanged at 80% efficiency.

Why A New Standard for Passive House?
Energy Vanguard discusses the two primary passive house standards and their relevancy for North America.

Behavioral Economics & Energy Efficiency Regulation
Resources For The Future paper Behavioral Economics & Energy Efficiency Regulation says a useful methodological principle in limiting the scope of behavioral economics is to acknowledge that people make mistakes. But if they continue that behavior after they understand why it seems to be a mistake, then it becomes a revealed preference to be respected, even if the regulator does not understand its rationale. If consumers say they still want the less energy efficient air conditioner despite the energy savings that have been explained to them, that is their choice. Taking that away from them is a cost, not a private benefit. (PDF)

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5. Building Science & Technology

Features & Benefits Of High Performance Windows
CMHC says reducing energy consumption, improving comfort levels and reducing environmental impact are a few of the many benefits of including high performance Energy Star windows in a property.

Thermal & Moisture Control Layers
Fine Homebuilding describes some tips and tricks for choosing continuous exterior insulation that fits the needs of the job.

Overview Of Weather Barriers
Ecohome describes features, benefits and considerations for weather barriers (or more accurately water-resistive barriers) that keep bulk water away from vulnerable building components and allow walls to dry at the same time.

Convection Loop In A Wall In Winter
Construction Instruction online animation shows how a convection loop takes place in a wall in winter.

How Much Insulation You Need In A Passive House
Energy Vanguard describes how much insulation you can use and still meet the requirements of the Passive House Institute US.

How Wind Turbines Work
Save On Energy online guide describes how wind turbines work.

Green & Cool Roofs Provide Relief For Hot Cities
Green Building Advisor says green and cool roofs should be sited carefully, because unintended effects on wind patterns may offset some of their benefits.

Aluminum Is Versatile & Green
Green Building Elements says used in a wide variety of ways in the building construction market, aluminum is a very versatile green building material, especially when it’s recycled.

6. Building Performance Issues

How Roof Ice Dam Forms
Construction Instruction online animations shows how a roof ice dam is caused.

History Of Hot Water Temperatures
PM Engineer says it has been an interesting history in plumbing codes regarding hot water temperature. It is hard to believe 35 years ago there were basically no regulations on the temperature of hot water.

What A Healthy Home Is
Tree Hugger says a lot of people are thinking about how to build healthy houses as we learn about the dangers from chemicals within the home and pollution without. And architects people are realizing that our houses and workspaces have to do more than just provide shelter, and health is more than just physical.

Indoor Air Quality
Healthy Heating provides access to their seminar slide show presentation on Indoor Air Quality. It focuses on the impact and importance of indoor air quality on vulnerable populations including the infirm, infants and elderly. Preventative, corrective and avoidance strategies are looked at for moisture, radon, particulate matter and outgassing. Password provided, limited time only, HRAI.16.Bean.IAQ

Do Living Walls Clean Air?
Ecohome says you can bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification.

Cooling Season Performance Of Ducts In Multi-Story Townhomes
US Department of Energy report Comparative Cooling Season Performance of Air Distribution Systems in Multi-Story Townhomes shows small-diameter duct systems provide better comfort than conventional systems and smaller ductwork is easier to bring into conditioned space. (PDF)

Wetting & Drying Of Nail-Laminated Timber Assemblies
FP Innovations report Wetting and Drying Performance of Nail-Laminated Timber Assemblies explains how Nail-laminated timber shows severe wetting leads to elevated moisture content, approaching or exceeding 30% in the core of a NLT member and may require months of drying time. The best practice is to avoid wetting. The report provides test results and describes various on-site protection measures. (PDF)

Future Of Air Conditioning For Buildings
US Department of Energy report The Future Of Air Conditioning For Buildings characterizes the current landscape and trends in the global air conditioning (A/C) market, including discussion of both direct and indirect climate impacts, and potential global warming impacts from growing global A/C usage. It also documents solutions that can help achieve international goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

7. Products & Suppliers

3 Cool Products From Passive House Conference
Energy Vanguard describes three cool products he saw at the recent Passive House Conference in New York.

Green Products Continue To Evolve, But Do They Still Matter?
Residential Products Online says when it comes to green products, what’s important to home buyers has shifted over time.

Certified Low-Emission Composite Wood Products
Building America Solution Center describes features, benefits and considerations for certified low-emission composite wood products.

Interior Paints & Finishes Certified Low-Emission
Building America Solution Center describes issues, options and considerations for interior paints and finishes that are certified low-emission.

Blocks Made With Green Compositions
Green Building Elements describes various blocks that employ a wide variety of green building materials in their composition.

What Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Need To Know About Rainwater Harvesting
Plumbing and Mechanical describes what plumbing and mechanical contractors needs to know about rainwater harvesting systems.

Optional/Advanced Testing Equipment For Home Performance
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency describes some optional and more advanced diagnostic test equipment used in home performance testing.

Researchers Developing Energy-Saving Window Film
Engineering News Record says a research team at the University of Colorado is using liquid crystal technology, widely known for its use in smartphones and flat-panel HD televisions, to create a transparent, solid film for windows that could significantly improve energy efficiency in buildings.

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8. Installation & Procedures

Sheathing Damage From Using Wide, Impermeable Flashing
Journal of Light Construction says in cold climates, wide, impermeable flashing can inhibit drying, leading to some nasty rot around window and door openings.

Air Sealing Windows & Doors
Fine Homebuilding online video describes how to use a low-pressure, low-expansion, closed-cell foam designed for windows and doors, and to apply it with a pro-style foam gun.

Air Leakage At Bulkhead Doors & Windows
Fine Homebuilding online video describes ways to tighten up air leaks at the bulkhead door and windows.

BC Manual Of Composting Toilet & Greywater Practice
BC Ministry of Health online Manual of Composting Toilet and Greywater Practice provides a comprehensive set of provisions that support the design, installation and maintenance of composting toilet-based sewerage systems. (PDF)

Installing Exhaust Fan During Bathroom Remodel
Energy Vanguard describes how to install an exhaust fan during a bathroom remodel.

How To Insulate Attic In 1910 Remodel
Green Building Advisor weighs the options for insulating the attic in a 1910 home.

Air Conditioner Sizing Rules Of Thumb Must Die
Energy Vanguard describes issues and considerations for using rules of thumb for air conditioner sizing.

Wastewater Heat Recovery Systems
Journal of Light Construction describes how wastewater heat recovery systems work, and when are they practical to install in a new home.

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

Electric Vehicles In BC
BC Hydro provides information and resources on electric vehicles purchase and use in BC.

Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles In Canada 2016
Natural Resources Canada lists the most fuel-efficient vehicles for the 2016 model year.

Community Solar In BC
BC Sustainable Energy Association says it's easy to understand why BC communities love solar energy: it's a local solution to our energy needs, keeps valuable energy dollars in the community, and creates much needed employment when traditional areas of the economy are struggling. Here they categorize, in a broad way, several models that have been used to get systems installed and producing for the public's benefit.

Siemens Partnership With BCIT Advances Microgrids In BC
Microgrid Knowledge says Siemens Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology will extend their partnership advancing microgrids under a recently signed memorandum of agreement.

New System Can Identify How Much Power Used By Each Device
Science Daily says researchers at MIT have developed a device and software that could figure out exactly how much power is being used by every appliance, lighting fixture, and device in a home, with pinpoint accuracy and at low cost.

New Method For Heating Domestic Water In Pellet-Fired Boiler Systems
PM Engineer describes a new method for heating domestic water in pellet-fired boiler systems where the DHW is treated using an indirect water heater controlled as a priority load.

Online Tool Calculates Renewables Output
Renewables Ninja online tool calculates renewable energy hourly power output from wind and solar PV power plants anywhere in the world.

Eye On District Heating
Plumbing and Mechanical says the most interesting thing about district heating is the way it’s branching out and moving away from coal, oil and natural gas. More and more of these systems are running on biomass, garbage, body heat, sunlight, the constant temperature of large bodies of water, the water in flooded mines or, in the case of Iceland, the lava that’s not far underground.

10. Information Sources

Help Shape Canadian National Housing Strategy
Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to develop a new National Housing Strategy. Make your voice heard by sharing your ideas, taking this brief survey or submitting your views in writing before October 21, 2016.

Provide Your Input Into Clean Technology In Canadian Natural Resources
Canadian government site Clean Technology in Canada's Natural Resource Sectors is asking for input into clean technology in natural resource sectors.

Canadian Solar Industry Member Directory
CanSIA online member directory has searchable listings of companies working in and for the solar industry in Canada, including categories for Education Provider, Government, Not-for-profit, Service Provider, Solar Industry, and Utility.

Passive House Multifamily Resource Center
US Passive House Institute online Multifamily Resource Center offers information tailored for developers, architects, engineers, policy makers, and investors who are considering projects that would meet requirements of the PHIUS 2015 building standard.

Data Portal For Energy Efficiency Research & Reports
Building America has been performing research in residential energy efficiency for more than 20 years. Their online Data Portal makes this research more available, utilized and searchable.

Radon Documents & Research Papers
Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists provides links to various radon documents and research papers.

Vinyl Siding Environmental Product Declarations Published
Qualified Remodeler says the Vinyl Siding Institute, working with UL Environment and Sustainable Solutions Corporation, has published Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding and polypropylene siding.

History & Evolution Of America’s Weatherization Network
US Department of Energy gives a brief history on the 40th anniversary of their Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides funding to states, territories, and tribal governments to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.

11. Conferences & Shows

End Of Summer Social On Zero Emissions New Building Plan Q&A
Cascadia Green Building Council Metro Vancouver Collaborative free social on September 20th features a Q&A about the Zero Emissions Building Plan from the City Of Vancouver.

International Green Building Conference & Expo
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be held in Los Angeles, October 5-6. It features networking, educational programs, speakers and exhibits. Highlights include LEED workshops, green building tours, poster sessions, plenary and master speakers and the annual Leadership Awards celebration.

2016 BC Waste Management Conference
Coast Waste Management Association annual conference, held October 19-21 in Victoria, will bring together waste and recycling professionals to explore leading edge topics that affect their sector today.

Western Canada Window Technical Session
Fenestration Canada is presenting their Western Canada Window Technical Session on October 25th in Langley. It is an opportunity to address current and future issues facing Western Canada’s window and door fabricators.

Zero Waste Conference For Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, held in Vancouver on November 3rd, will ignite conversations and inspire action to accelerate waste prevention and circularity in Canada. Featuring leaders at the intersect of science, politics and economics, thought leadership and best practice from across the globe as well as our own backyard will be showcased.

Generate 2016 BC Clean Energy Conference
Clean Energy BC presents their 14th Annual Conference, Generate 2016, to be held November 6-9 in Vancouver.

2016 Canadian Solar Industry Conference
Canadian Solar Industries Association presents its annual conference and trade show in Toronto on December 5-6, aimed at all sectors of the solar and building industry.

12. Education & Training

Achieving Energy Efficiency In Today's Building Envelope
Roxul and John Straube of RDH Building Science workshop Achieving Energy Efficiency In Today's Building Envelope will be presented in Vancouver on September 26th. It will cover four key topics for designing durable, energy efficient buildings including: basics of building enclosure design; control of heat, air, and moisture in high performance walls; changing codes and standards for thermal control; high performance roofs.

Courses Throughout BC On Building Science for New Homes
CHBA BC is presenting Building Science for New Homes course in various places around BC. It provides an overview of building science issues and sound business practices, and is required to become a certified R-2000 or Energy Star builder, and is the suggested course for participating in the EnerGuide for New Homes and Built Green programs. It meets the requirement for Enhanced Builder Licensing as set out by the Homeowner Protection Office and is approved for 24 Group A CPD points.

BC Seminars On Building Smart With Radon Mitigation
BC Homeowner Protection Office upcoming seminars and webinars on Building Smart with Radon Mitigation examine radon basics, testing solutions and discuss how builders can facilitate homeowner understanding of radon health risks and solutions.

Webinar On Carbon Monoxide Awareness & Prevention
BC Safety Authority free webinar, Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Prevention, will be presented on September 21st. It will cover what carbon monoxide is, common dangers of CO, and what you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Toward Climate Resilient Infrastructure Using Evidence-Based Decision-Making
SFU workshop Toward Climate Resilient Infrastructure Using Evidence-Based Decision-Making will be held in Vancouver on September 21st. It will provide an overview of climate change science, prediction and systems modeling on adaptive management and decision-making in government and organizations.

Social Networking for the Construction Industry
Vancouver Regional Construction Association new Gold Seal course Social Networking for the Construction Industry will be held September 26th. In this course, participants will learn best practices to take advantage of social networking tools to make connections, promote your business, generate leads, discover innovative solutions, and attract new recruits.

PV Solar Energy In BC
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC course Solar Energy In BC will be presented in Vancouver and by webinar on November 16th. It offers the fundamentals of PV solar with the objective to understand how to implement a successful solar project in BC.

Green Building Principles Integrating Themselves Into Construction Training
Journal Of Commerce says today environmentally friendly and resource-efficient principles are part and parcel of most education and training offered by post-secondary institutions and professional and industry associations in Canada.

Launch Of Energy Benchmarking Training
Canada Green Building Council is launching new training on energy benchmarking strategies and regulation for both private and public sector stakeholders.

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13. Costs & Savings

New Duty Applied To US Gypsum Board
CHBA Fraser Valley says the Canada Border Services Agency has made a preliminary determination of dumping with respect to certain gypsum board originating in or exported from the US, imported into Canada. It has imposed a provisional duty on drywall ranging from 105.2% to 276.5% effective immediately.

Price Of Solar In US Fell By 5-12 Percent In 2015
Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to State of the Market reports by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Installed prices for distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2015 declined by 5% year-over-year for residential systems, by 7% for smaller non-residential systems, and by 9% for larger non-residential systems. Prices for utility-scale PV systems that came online in 2015 decreased by 12% from the prior year.

Generate Electricity And Sell Some Of It To BC Hydro
BC Hydro says if you are interested in generating your own electricity to power your home, and perhaps selling your extra energy back to BC Hydro, there are lots of factors to consider.

As Solar Price Drops, Utility Interest Spurs Growth
Utility Dive says solar prices are continuing to fall, and utilities are developing more and more of the resource, especially on the utility-scale side of things.

Soon Solar Will Be Cheapest Power Everywhere
The Ecologist says solar is already the cheapest available power across large swathes of the tropics, its cost down 99.7% since the early 70s. Soon it will be the cheapest electricity everywhere, providing clean, secure, affordable energy for all.

Study Finds That Green Certification Reaps Rewards
Green Building Advisor says a study of commercial real estate suggests that investing in green features makes for happier tenants who are willing to pay higher rents.

Tailored Approach To Energy Retrofits Of Public Housing
US Department of Energy report Public Housing: A Tailored Approach to Energy Retrofits describes packages of energy-efficiency retrofit measures that they can cost-effectively implement with their own staffs during the normal course of housing operations when units are refurbished between occupancies. (PDF)

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

Built Green New Home Projects May Qualify For Fortis BC Rebates
Built Green projects will be eligible for incentives provided by Fortis BC if their project meets the Energy Star for New Homes Standard and is a natural gas or electrically heated home in the FortisBC electric service territory.

Savings By Making Multi-Unit Properties Energy-Efficient
CMHC says whether you're building multi-unit housing or improving the energy efficiency of existing projects, CMHC offers mortgage loan insurance premium savings of up to 15%, through a premium reduction or refund.

US Fannie Mae Mortgage Financing For Solar Is Game Changer
Green Building Advisor describes how mortgage companies play an important role in making photovoltaic systems more affordable and accessible for homeowners.

Best Practice Guidelines For Residential PACE Financing Programs
US Department of Energy online Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs focus on best practices for program design, including protections to both consumers who voluntarily opt into PACE programs, and to lenders who hold mortgages on properties with PACE assessments; compatibility of PACE with other energy efficiency programs and services; and evaluation of program outcomes, including cost effectiveness, energy savings, and non-energy benefits such as improved health and comfort. (PDF)

Green Bank Progress On Energy Efficiency
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report Green Bank Accounting: Examining the Current Landscape and Tallying Progress on Energy Efficiency reviews progress of six green banks and four additional financing entities that serve similar functions. The goal was to understand how green banks are working in specific market sectors and to identify promising strategies and lessons learned, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. Free site registration required.


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