Alert Notice #63
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources

May 10, 2012


1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technologies
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.

Have a "Top Drawer" day.
Ken Farrish

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The Pale Blue Dot
The Pale Blue Dot is a series of photographs of the Earth taken from Voyager 1 as it was leaving the Solar System. The message by Carl Sagan is as good, or better, than the imagery.

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Accelerating Green Building Market Transformation
Green Biz online video presents new ideas for how we can use information to drive the next generation of green building market transformation.

West Coast Clean Economy Study
Globe Advisors new West Coast Clean Economy Report is an assessment of what is and what could be as the West Coast region progresses toward a cleaner, lower-carbon economic future. It covers five high growth clean economy market opportunity segments that exist: Clean Energy Supply, Clean Transportation, Energy Efficiency & Green Building, Environmental Protection & Resource Management, and Knowledge & Support.

Comprehensive Canadian Energy Use Database
Natural Resources Canada online Comprehensive Energy Use Database provides an overview of sectoral energy markets in Canada and in each region of the country.

Energy Efficiency Trends In Canada 1990 to 2009
Natural Resources Canada summarizes analysis of the factors behind the observed changes in total energy use in Canada between 1990 to 2009.

Greenhouse Gas Sources & Sinks In Canada
Environment Canada National Inventory Report 1990-2010: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada provides key emission trends for specific sources, sectors and regions; and provides a core set of data for setting baseline emissions and further analysis. (PDF)

Market Report On New And Remodeled Green Homes
McGraw Hill Smartmarket Report, New and Remodeled Green Homes: Transforming the Residential Marketplace (2012) provides market sizing of the green residential construction market and examines the market opportunities in green home building and Remodeling. Free site registration required.

2. Business Management

Consumers Interested In Home Energy Management & Smart Appliances
Pike Research survey found that 47% of consumers would be interested in home energy management products and services that would allow them to monitor and control energy usage in their home, and 45% would be interested in connected smart appliances that would help them manage their electricity consumption more efficiently.

Building Business Resilience In A Changing Climate
Canadian National Round Table on Environment and Economy report for companies, Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate, sets out practical information, advice, and recommendations on the business case for climate adaptation and how this can positively affect bottom lines.

Green Generates Green For Mechanical Contractors
HVACR Business magazine article says mechanical contractors are concerned about how they can deliver green buildings and still remain profitable, but there are opportunities to turn this construction challenge into a real success.

2011 State Of Efficiency Program Industry
Consortium for Energy Efficiency 2011 Annual Industry Report looks retrospectively at the state of energy efficiency program budgets, expenditures, and savings for natural gas and electric ratepayer-funded programs in the United States and Canada. The report provides 2010 industry data, including program expenditures and energy savings and includes budgets for 2011 at the time of the data collection. (PDF)

Home Performance Industry: Road-Map To A Sustainable Future
Affordable Comfort white paper The Home Performance Industry: Road-Map to a Sustainable Future provides background on the industry and presents issues and ideas for future evolution. (PDF)

3. Building Design & Trends

2012 Top Ten Green Projects
American Institute of Architects display their 2012 top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Design For Disassembly
Green Building Advisor suggests we could design new buildings in a way that makes it easier to remove reusable components when the building reaches the end of its life.

Optimal Spatial Location Of Shade Trees For Energy Savings
US National Institute of Standards and Technology report Optimal Spatial Location of Shade Trees for Energy Savings develops a basic method to determine the optimal locations of shade trees and compares results from six case-studies to evaluate whether the impact of shade trees varies across the United States. (PDF)

Online Carbon Estimator & Calculator For Wood
WoodWorks provides online carbon estimator and calculator allowing you to calculate your project's carbon footprint.

Tips For Lighting Your Living & Dining Rooms
BC Hydro article offers tips for lighting design in living and dining rooms.

Flattening The Learning Curve For Green HVAC
HPAC Engineering magazine says green HVAC popularity has grown so much that green technology is changing the way mechanical engineers do business, and a healthy return on investment requires a thorough understanding of green technology cost benefits.

Traffic Calming Saves Lives & Energy
Green Building advisor describes how traffic-calming strategies can create safer communities while saving energy.

Status Report On Costs & Features Of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings
New Buildings Institute report Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update: A First Look at the Costs and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings gathered information to determine characteristics, costs, and features of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) recently constructed in the United States. The report says that, while in the past NZEBs were primarily small, demonstration buildings, projects are expanding in size and building type. (PDF)

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Standard For Life-Cycle Impact Profile Declarations For Products, Services & Systems
American National Standards Institute is accepting public comment on a draft of Life Cycle Assessment Methodology and Guidance for Establishing Public Declarations, Ratings and Claims. It standardizes a methodology for examining the environmental impacts of products, services, and systems from their resource extraction through end-of-life disposition.

Sustainable Certification For Ceramic Tile Industry
Tile Council of North America new Green Squared standard allows ceramic tile manufacturers to be recognized for their leadership in environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility. This certification program scores products in five categories of performance: Product Characteristics; Manufacturing; Corporate Governance; Innovation; and End-of-Life. (PDF)

Energy Star Criteria For Residential Lighting
Natural Resources Canada describes Energy Star criteria for lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent lamps, decorative light strings, LED luminaires, and LED bulbs.

Public Review Of Next Generation EnerGuide Rating System
The Canadian Next Generation Energuide Rating System Policy Advisory Committee has posted for public review its recommendations for the new rating procedures.

Building Energy Quotient Building Labeling Program
ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient building energy labeling program provides the general public, building owners and tenants, potential owners and tenants, and building operations and maintenance staff with information on the potential and actual energy use of buildings.

Local Government Guide To LEED For Neighborhood Development
US Green Building Council online Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development explores the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system, focusing on the ways it can be best used by local governments to achieve sustainability goals. (PDF)

Sustainable Design & Green Building Toolkit For Local Governments
US Environmental Protection Agency online Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments can help communities evaluate their existing codes/ordinances and apply the information to create more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. (PDF)

Environmental Law & Regulation In British Columbia 2012
BC Environment Industry Association displays Blakes Lawyers report Environmental Law & Regulation In British Columbia 2012. It assists readers to understand the rapidly changing environmental regulatory maze in Canada. (PDF)

Smart Environmental Policy With Full Cost Pricing
Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy recent report Smart Environmental Policy with Full Cost Pricing explains there is a growing need for full-cost pricing, a system that adjusts market prices to reflect not only the direct cost of goods and services, but also their impact on this country's natural capital. (PDF)

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    5. Building Science & Technologies

    Performance Of Unvented Cathedralized Attics In USA
    Building Science article reports on field experience of unvented cathedralized attics in several environments in the United States.

    Decatur Street Stormwater Low Impact Development Demonstration
    City of Olympia online video provides an introduction to the Decatur Street Stormwater Low Impact Development Demonstration Project. This project is a trial of a roadway design which features storage and infiltration of runoff under the pavement section. The project utilized three different types of runoff water quality treatment and then routes the runoff into a drainage layer under the pavement for storage and infiltration.

    A Brief History Of Photovoltaic Solar
    Green Building Elements provides a short history of photovoltaic solar panels and solar power.

    Drain Water Heat Recovery
    Natural Resources Canada online video shows how the heat from hot water leaving your shower drain pipe can be recovered to help reduce your energy bill.

    Infrared Thermography & Building Efficiency
    FLIR online video presentation describes how infrared equipment works and shows examples of heat leaks that can be located.

    Upgrade Ballasts Along With Fluorescent Lighting
    Power Smart says switching to electronic light ballasts means no more hum, less flicker, longer lamp life and lower electricity bills.

    Molecular Misadventures Of Moisture
    You Tube video from Affordable Comfort conference describes the movement of moisture in forms of liquid and vapor as related to buildings.

    Effect Of Clouds On Climate Change
    New York Times article describes some scientists assertion that clouds, which can either warm or cool the earth, depending on the type and location, will shift in such a way as to counter much of the expected temperature rise and preserve the equable climate on which civilization depends.

    6. Building Performance Issues

    BC Water System Assessment User Guide
    BC Water & Waste Association water system assessment guide will help an operator or owner of a water system assess the safety and security of a water supply system.

    7 Things Remodelers & Builders Can Do to Make Homes More Water-Efficient
    Remodeling Magazine describes 7 things remodelers & and builders can do to make homes more water-efficient.

    Study Of PCB In Buildings With Caulk & Sealants
    US Environmental Protection Agency study shows that PCB-containing caulk and sealant can be a significant source of PCBs in buildings. PCBs were once used as plasticizers in caulking materials, and these could contain up to 30% PCBs. Thus, all buildings that have expansion joints and that were built between the 1940s and the late 1970s are likely to contain PCBs in the caulking materials.

    Energy Consumption Of Major Household Appliances In Canada
    Natural Resources Canada report provides data and analysis on trends for energy consumption of major household appliances shipped in Canada, for 1990-2009.

    Green Buildings Are More Durable
    US Green Building Council report Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions outlines ways to extend the inherent resiliency of green buildings. It sets out adaptive strategies that green building pros can deploy. It follows that, like higher efficiency and health benefits, improved durability could boost the market appeal of green structures. (PDF)

    Energy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate
    Green Building Advisor says before spending time or money on energy modeling, it’s important to know its limitations.

    Free Software To Analyze & Predict IAQ
    US National Institute of Standards and Technology free software CONTAM is a multizone indoor air quality and ventilation analysis computer program.

    Performance Metrics For Commercial Buildings
    US Department of Energy report Performance Metrics For Commercial Buildings gives commercial building owners and operators a standard set of key performance metrics to provide a systematic way to evaluate the performance of their buildings. It provides standard metrics for the energy, water, operations and maintenance, indoor environmental quality, purchasing, waste and recycling and transportation impact of their building. (PDF)

    7. Products & Suppliers

    LED Light Popularity Growing
    Home Energy magazine says the popularity of LED-based lamps and fixtures is growing fast, according to a recent survey.

    Heat-Pump Water Heaters Come of Age
    Green Building Advisor says now that pilot studies show that installed heat-pump water heaters are performing fairly well, it might be time to buy one.

    Efficient Electric Water Heating
    Plumbing & HVAC magazine describes products and considerations for efficient electric water heating.

    Comparison Of Light Bulb Types
    BC Hydro online chart compares the features and costs of different lighting options including incandescent, LED, CFL, and halogen.

    Comparing Energy-Efficiency Retrofits To PV Solar
    Green Building Advisor article says photovoltaic arrays are already cheaper than some deep-energy retrofit measures, and provides tips for deciding when it makes financial sense to install PV rather than more insulation.

    Earth Tube Ventilation Systems For Canadian Climate
    CMHC research report Earth Tube Ventilation Systems Applicability in the Canadian Climate summarizes the results of a review of available research on residential earth-to-air heat exchangers (EAHX, also called earth tubes) and their applicability to the Canadian climate. (PDF)

    Underground Pneumatic Waste System For Cities
    International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association describes how underground pneumatic waste systems collect refuse without unsightly and foul-smelling cans and collection trucks. People using these pneumatic systems throw waste into inlets leading to a subterranean piping network. The pipes are emptied when a vacuum is created in the network, producing suction that moves the refuse to a collection station.

    Suppliers Of Reclaimed Wood Products
    Green Source describes some reclaimed wood products that can be used in new commercial and residential construction.

    Database Of Green Products That May Provide LEED Points
    US Green Building Council together with The Home Depot supply online database featuring products geared toward residential green building that may contribute to points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program.

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    8. Installation & Procedures

    Summary Of Residential Dematerialization Project
    Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre online presentation from a Metro Vancouver Sustainability Breakfast summarizes findings from a dematerialization project undertaken on a local residential renovation. (PDF)

    Insulating Wall Cavities
    Home Energy magazine describes options and procedures for insulating existing wall cavities.

    Air Sealing Mechanical Closets In Slab-on-Grade Homes
    US Department of Energy guideline Air Sealing Mechanical Closets in Slab-on-Grade Homes describes two fundamental retrofit strategies for air sealing around air handling systems that are located within the living space in an enclosed closet. (PDF)

    Deep Energy Retrofit Specifications, Plans & Staged Retrofits
    Building Science online slide show presentation describes considerations for deep energy retrofit specifications, plans and staging of work. (PDF)

    Occupied Energy Retrofit Of Uninsulated Cold Climate Multifamily Housing
    Building Science research report focuses on the airflow control and window replacement measures implemented as part of the renovations to the low-rise apartment buildings.

    9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

    Transition to Electric Vehicles in Metro Vancouver
    Community Energy Association document provides regional and municipal decision makers with a primer to support transition to a higher level of deployment of plug-in electric vehicles in the light duty vehicle fleet across Metro Vancouver. (PDF)

    Resource Site On Transportation Electrification
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers site Transportation Electrification provides information on a cross-section of topics, including the latest technological advancements related to clean, efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation for air, land and water.

    Scaling Up Renewable Electricity In BC
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Scaling-up Renewable Electricity in BC: Tackling the Institutional and Political Challenges, discusses how BC could rapidly scale-up renewable electricity generation while ensuring that this development occurs without unacceptable impacts to the province’s environment and society. (PDF)

    Sensible Strategy For Renewable Electrical Energy In North America
    Fraser Institute report A Sensible Strategy for Renewable Electrical Energy analyzes the economics of technologies used to generate electricity, associated technical issues, and, using Ontario’s feed-in-tariff program as a case study, some of the broader effects that renewable energy policies might have on the North American economy.

    Tracking Clean Energy Progress
    International Energy Agency report Tracking Clean Energy Progress, tracks progress in the development and deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies in the power generation, industry, buildings, and transport sectors. It finds that while some progress has been made, most clean energy technologies are not on track to make their required contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thereby provide a more secure energy system. (PDF)

    More Precise Cradle-to-Grave Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Energy Technologies
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a new approach to assessing greenhouse-gas emissions from coal, wind, solar and other energy technologies. It paints a much more precise picture of cradle-to-grave emissions and should help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build.

    Canadian Smart Grid Resource Site
    Smart Grid Canada offers information and resources on smart grid technologies and projects.

    Radio Transmission Levels Of Various Devices
    BC Sustainable Energy Association provides radio transmission levels and frequencies for various devices, along with the sources, so you can compare them with smart meters. (PDF)

    10. Information Sources

    Free App To Find Vancouver Locations To Recycle Or Donate
    Metro Vancouver free iPhone/iPad app called weRecycle helps you find the most convenient locations to donate or recycle just about anything. Enter a material, hit search and you’ll get a Google map showing where to take your stuff.

    BC Social Purpose Real Estate Table
    The Social Purpose Real Estate Table, located in Vancouver, is a group of funders, investors and government representatives that engages in and has made investments in social purpose real estate.

    Sustainable Sites Initiative
    Sustainable Sites Initiative provides voluntary US national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

    Online Videos On Energy & Efficiency
    Natural Resources Canada online videos on YouTube cover topics on energy and energy efficiency.

    US Resource Site On Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
    New Buildings Institute is a US online resource site that assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

    Tools To Help Cities Guide Green Development
    Natural Resources Defense Council provides descriptions of tools and resources to help cities and towns guide green development.

    11. Conferences & Shows

    Sustainable Living Expo In Vancouver
    The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo green consumer show and eco-marketplace is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, May 11-13.

    Canadian Water Summit
    Canadian Water Summit, which will be held in Calgary on June 28th, offers a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.

    Building America Summer 2012 Technical Update Meeting
    Building America Summer 2012 Technical Update Meeting will be held July 24–26 in Denver. It will showcase the latest in cutting-edge, energy-efficient residential building technologies and practices.

    12. Education & Training

    Developing An Existing BC Buildings Code
    BC Building Envelope Council luncheon seminar Developing an Existing Buildings Code will be held in Victoria on May 16th. Steven Kuan, Senior Seismic Engineer with the Building and Safety Standards Branch will discuss the concepts, approach and requirements of this draft regulatory framework, along with the challenges encountered within four main disciplines being considered: fire safety, seismic, accessibility and energy efficiency.

    Construction Law Basics, Contracts 101
    Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association presents Contracts 101, to be held May 17 in Coquitlam. This two-hour workshop will focus on the basics of construction contracts, including the identification and explanation of key terms builders and renovators need in their contracts to protect themselves and their businesses.

    Selling Energy Conservation On Its Merits
    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada upcoming seminar Selling Energy Conservation on its Merits will be held in Victoria on May 25th. Led by Gord Cooke, this session will focus on how to effectively sell the features and benefits of a full range of energy saving HVAC equipment to your customers.

    Your Company's Carbon Footprint: What It Is & Why It Matters
    Vancouver Regional Construction Association seminar Your Company's Carbon Footprint: What it is and Why it Matters will be presented in Vancouver on June 6th. It will give participants an introduction to measuring, tracking and reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions so as to reduce operating costs and build brand value.

    Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program
    Radon Gas describes the Canadian National Environmental Health Association National Radon Proficiency Program.

    Green Building Educators Toolkit
    US National Association of Home Builders online Green Building Educator's Toolkit is an annotated bibliography for two and four year university programs in Residential Construction Management. It represents an assessment of and response to institutions' needs for instructional materials on sustainability and green building.

    BPI Introduces Four New Home Energy Professional Certifications
    In June 2012 Building Performance Institute will introduce four new Home Energy Professional certifications to the nation's weatherization and home performance workforce. The four certifications focus on the most common job classifications in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader and quality control inspector.

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    13. Costs & Savings

    Solar Thermal Is Dead As PV Costs Less
    Green Building Advisor says it’s now cheaper to use a photovoltaic system rather than a solar thermal system to heat domestic hot water.

    Energy Savings Of Control Strategies For Packaged Air-Conditioning Units
    US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report Energy Savings and Economics of Advanced Control Strategies for Packaged Air-Conditioning Units with Gas Heat, says commercial building owners could save an average of 38 percent on their heating and cooling bills if they installed a handful of energy efficiency controls that make their heating, ventilation and air conditioning HVAC systems more energy efficient. (PDF)

    Costs & Features Of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings
    New Buildings Institute gathered information to determine characteristics, costs, and features of Zero Energy Buildings recently constructed in the US. The 2012 report demonstrates that ZEBs are achievable and feasible with current technologies and that incremental costs for increased efficiencies are within a reasonable range.

    14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

    EnerChoice Fireplace Rebate Program
    Purchase an EnerChoice fireplace before May 31, 2012 and you may qualify for a $300 rebate from Fortis BC.

    BC Renewable Natural Gas For Business Can Get You Carbon Tax Credits
    Fortis BC allows you to designate 10 per cent of the natural gas you use for your business as renewable natural gas. It helps you to reduce your carbon footprint and supports sustainable energy made here in BC. And because it is carbon neutral, subscribers benefit from a 10 per cent credit on the BC carbon tax.

    Efficient Commercial Water Heater Rebate
    Install a high-efficiency water heater and receive a rebate of up to $15,000 from FortisBC.

    Resources For Commercial Green Leasing
    Green Lease Library offers commercial green leasing resources including best practices, guidance, and tool kits. Green leases (also known as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.

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