Alert Notice #75
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

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

January 30, 2013


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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    Ken's Top Pick

    Top 10 Green Building Megatrends For 2013
    Sustainable Industries describes Yudelson Associates' top ten green building megatrends for 2013.

    1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

    Vision 2020: The Road To Sustainability
    Vision 2020: The Road to Sustainability enlisted renowned thought leaders in 10 areas of study to guide research and help create a road map for the building industry that would lead us toward regeneration and sustainability.

    Integrated Community Sustainability Planning, Implications For Rural BC
    Pacific Institute for Climate Science research report Integrated Community Sustainability Planning, Implications for Rural British Columbia investigated the application of integrated community sustainability planning by regional districts and small municipalities for rural areas of British Columbia. The three goals were to identify: What makes a successful process for a rural area; What actions are suitable for a rural sustainability strategy; and The rural areas’ relationship with urban and provincial sustainability goals. (PDF)

    Energy Transparency In US Multi Family Sector
    Institute for Market Transformation report Energy Transparency In Multi Family Sector finds that the US multifamily housing stock holds potential for major energy efficiency gains, which would improve housing affordability by keeping renters’ utility bills down. It describes the particular barriers to energy efficiency in multifamily housing, and recommends measures to address these challenges. (PDF)

    Green Buildings Can Cut Labor Costs
    Green Biz says there is a bigger benefit in reduced labor expenses in green buildings than in the more widely understood construction costs or utility bills.

    Green Building Sees Growth
    Greensource Magazine says more data has come in to support the perception that green construction simply is what commercial construction clients will want, sometimes because their stakeholders expect it and sometimes because the long-term economic benefits are clearer than they used to be.

    10 Reasons Sustainable/Energy Retrofits Of Commercial Buildings Will Be Next Big Thing
    Environmental Leader describes substantial market forces that are positioning sustainable/energy retrofits of commercial buildings to be the next big thing.

    Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention To Climate Change
    Science Daily says according to a new study the insurance industry is increasing its efforts to manage climate change-related risks.

    2. Business Management

    Energy Efficiency Pays Off For Builders Who Know How To Sell It
    Custom Home magazine describes how rethinking how you discuss the value of energy efficiency can improve your bottom line.

    How A Builder Cements A Sustainability Message
    For Construction Pros provides description of how Webcor Builders identified green building’s high quality and efficiency characteristics as client benefits and adopted a company-wide focus on sustainable construction.

    Seven Reasons Consumers Won’t Embrace Your Green Innovation
    Marc Stoiber describes a conversation he had with Jim Nelson, a marketer at BC Hydro, where he learned more about the myriad of subtle, not-so-rational reasons that prevent consumers from acting on their sustainable instincts.

    Good Information & Financing Don’t Lead Directly To Buying Energy Efficiency
    Mike Rogers describes why and how we need to pay attention to behavior economics and what behavioral research has shown drives our decisions and choices, including choices consumers make about whether to spend money to improve their homes.

    Strategy Guideline For Partnering For High Performance Homes
    US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Partnering for High Performance Homes is intended for use by all parties associated with the design and construction of high performance homes. It serves as a starting point and features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses. (PDF)

    Seeing Red On Green Property Appraisal
    Green Building Advisor blog article says before issuing a construction loan, most banks will want to have an appraiser review your plans. The question is: How do appraisers assign value to the green features of a home?

    7 Biggest Mistakes HVAC Contractors Make
    Energy Vanguard says heating and air conditioning contractors, like the rest of us, make mistakes. They make mistakes that hurt performance and efficiency of the HVAC systems they install and maintain, hurt their customers sometimes, and hurt their businesses.

    Strategy Guideline For Demonstration Homes
    US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Demonstration Home provides a general overview of the different kinds of demonstration home projects, a basic understanding of the different roles and responsibilities involved in the successful completion of a demonstration home, and an introduction into some of the lessons learned from actual demonstration home projects. The guide also reviews the communication methods employed during demonstration home projects, and offers suggestions for developing a communication plan for a demonstration home project. (PDF)

    3. Building Design & Trends

    Green Design Predictions For 2013
    Inhabitat summarizes some of the world's leading environmental experts and design luminaries predictions for 2013.

    Walkable Urbanism Combats Climate Change
    EcoHome Magazine describes how walkable urbanism combats climate change by placing a premium on housing located within transit-oriented, walkable urban communities and shifting away from developing drivable, suburban, low-density communities that rely on car trips for work and almost every other activity.

    Seattle Net-Zero-Energy House For $125 A Square Foot
    Green Building Advisor describes a net-zero-energy house built in Seattle for $125 a square foot.

    Pushing Passive House Forward: Moving Beyond Energy-Efficiency
    Dovetail report Pushing Passive House Forward: Moving Beyond Energy-Efficiency addresses the current state of Passive House, progress that has been made, problems that have been encountered, and the creation of the Active House system, which has been developed in response. It also explores the outlook for widespread movement toward highly energy efficient structures, as well as existing obstacles to substantial change in construction practices. (PDF)

    Advanced Green Facade Design
    Greenscreen white paper Considerations for Advanced Green Facade Design describes successful strategies that include system selection, design, plant selection, maintenance and client/owner education. It addresses best maintenance practices for long term survivability of the living system, access to credits from rating programs, and metrics for determining successes and failures. (PDF)

    Online CAD Files Of Energy Efficient Construction Details
    Building America provides free downloadable CAD files of energy efficient construction details.

    Building America House Simulation Protocols
    Building America online House Simulation Protocol document provides guidance to program partners and managers so they can compare energy savings for new construction and retrofit projects. (PDF)

    Impact Of Increasing US Home Size On Energy Demand
    US Energy Information Administration residential energy consumption survey says homes built since 1990 are on average 27% larger than homes built in earlier decades, a significant trend because most energy end-uses are correlated with the size of the home.

    4. Codes Standards & Regulations

    BC Ministry Clarifies Contaminated Sites
    BC Ministry of Environment has issued the Stage 8 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulations. The primary focus of the amendment was to provide a solution to the dilemma and unnecessary expense being incurred since 2011 to address iron and manganese. This may result in your site being re-classified to a non-contaminated site. (PDF)

    Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines
    Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment online Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines integrate national environmental quality guidelines for all environmental media including air, water, soil, sediment and tissue residue.

    Public Review Of Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines
    Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment draft scientific criteria document for Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health, Lead is available for public review and comment until March 4, 2013.

    Green Building Standard Addresses Plumbing, Refrigeration & Ventilation
    HPAC magazine says measures to improve water efficiency, including limitations on full-flush volume for toilets and use of municipal reclaimed water for irrigation, are being proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

    ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Initiative
    US Department of Energy describes the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Initiative and call for participants. The EESCC invites experts to help develop an energy efficiency standardization "roadmap," consisting of an inventory, gap analysis, and priority areas in need of additional standardization efforts. (PDF)

    Wisconsin Turns Away From Energy Star
    Wisconsin has abandoned Energy Star entirely, citing requirements in Energy Star Version 3 that Wisconsin builders found cost prohibitive and unrelated to energy efficiency.

    US Green Building Codes 101
    International Code Council & US Green Building Council provide online 90-minute webinar video describing various rating systems and the International Green Construction Code, and how they relate to one another.

    Integrating Renewable Energy Requirements Into US Energy Codes
    US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory paper Integrating Renewable Energy Requirements into Building Energy Codes summarizes preliminary recommendations on the implementation of renewable energy requirements in the model building energy codes. (PDF)

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    5. Building Science & Technologies

    External Insulation of Masonry Walls & Wood Framed Walls
    US Department of Energy online report External Insulation of Masonry Walls & Wood Framed Walls describes baseline engineering analysis to support the installation of thick layers of exterior insulation (2 in. to 8 in.) on existing masonry walls and wood framed walls. Wood furring strips (fastened through the insulation back to the structure) were used as a cladding attachment location. Water management details necessary to connect the exterior insulated wall assemblies to roofs, balconies, decks, and windows were created as guidance for integrating exterior insulation strategies with other enclosure elements. (PDF)

    Overview Of Thermal Metric Project
    Building Science describes their Thermal Metric project that was initiated in 2007 to support good design and construction practices by improving the way thermal performance is measured. Ultimately, the project goal is to develop a metric that can capture the in-service thermal performance of whole assemblies. More accurate measurements will allow truly high-performance assemblies (of all types of construction and insulation materials) to be identified and promoted.

    Terminology Used In Energy Performance Ratings For Windows, Doors & Skylights
    US Department of Energy gives descriptions of terms used in energy performance ratings for windows, doors & skylights.

    How To Install A Branched-Drain Graywater System
    Green Building Advisor describes how to install a branched-drain graywater system using a simple, elegant solution with no pumps, filters, or tanks.

    Understanding Energy Efficiency Retrofit Options For Your House
    CMHC provides decision trees to provide guidance to homeowners on the options and considerations for common residential energy efficiency retrofits. They give information on a range of pre-existing conditions that can influence energy retrofit decisions and help you to avoid problems in the future that can undermine your retrofit investment. (PDF)

    Initial Results Of Cold Climate Wood-Framed Home Retrofit
    US Department of Energy online report Analysis and Initial Results of Cold Climate Wood-Framed Home Retrofit describes a deep energy retrofit project for a two-family wood framed home located in Massachusetts. It examines the retrofit measures for the enclosure and mechanical systems and the decision making that took place during project planning. Occupant reactions and experiences are also described. (PDF)

    Passive House Standard Brought To Remodeling
    Remodeling Magazine describes how a whole-house remodel in Minneapolis turned into the first EnerPHit retrofit in North America.

    6. Building Performance Issues

    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 1990-2010.

    Energy Consumption Of Self-Cleaning Ovens
    Green Building Advisor reports on how much energy it takes to burn the congealed grease off the inside of your oven.

    Winter Field Evaluation Of Highly Insulating Windows
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report Field Evaluation of Highly Insulating Windows in the Lab Homes: Winter Experiment, describes and summarizes 70 days of testing on two homes. It shows significant whole-house energy savings and comfort improvement with high-performance windows. (PDF)

    Evaluation Of Affordable Housing Using US National Green Building Standard
    NAHB Research Center report An Evaluation of Affordable Housing Using the National Green Building Standard provides a retrospective evaluation of affordable housing designs that were built in compliance with various green building programs. In addition, the report identifies how green remodeling can enhance older houses. (Large PDF)

    Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings
    National Research Council of Canada completed the report Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings: Indoor Environment & Energy Performance In North American Offices, It concludes: Green buildings exhibited superior indoor environment performance compared to similar conventional buildings; A variety of physical features led to improved occupant outcomes across all buildings; Green building rating systems might benefit from further attention in several areas; On average, LEED buildings exhibited lower total energy use intensity than similar conventional buildings. (PDF)

    Home Energy Displays: Consumer Adoption & Response
    US Department of Energy report Home Energy Displays: Consumer Adoption and Response investigated factors influencing consumer adoption of Home Energy Displays and evaluated resulting electricity consumption.

    7. Products & Suppliers

    Canadian Sustainable Design & Green Product Directory
    Sustainable Architecture & Building magazine offers a searchable directory of Canadian sustainable design and green building products.

    List Of Manufacturers Participating In Canadian Energy Star
    NRCan lists organizations that have become Energy Star participants and are promoting and using the Energy Star symbol in Canada. Various categories of product suppliers can be accessed from the list on the right side navigation panel on the page.

    Environmental Purchasing Guide
    City of Richmond online Environmental Purchasing Guide was designed to assist municipal staff in selecting products and services that promote a healthy environment and foster demand for products that promote environmental sustainability.

    Ingredients Label For Building Products
    Declare is a voluntary self-disclosure program and ingredients label for building products. Declare will help the building industry position its products within the emerging transparent materials economy.

    Beyond Regional Material Credits To Life Cycle Assessment
    Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine says local product sourcing receives a lot of attention in green building rating systems, but the geographic limit it imposes considers only the transportation impacts of material selection. It does not take into account all the other potential environmental impacts that form part of the overall ecological profile of a material. Standardized life cycle assessment is essential for a true understanding of how sustainable building products and materials really are.

    How Top Brands Of Refrigerators Rank On Energy Efficiency
    Home Energy Magazine says fridge energy costs range from $277 to as high as $2,898 over the lifetime of the product. You may find, based on energy costs, it is cheaper to buy a state of the art new fridge than keep your old one.

    Difference Between Storage & Tankless Water Heaters
    Building Green says while they have higher efficiency, tankless water heaters don’t make sense for most whole-house applications.

    Green Button May Be Powerful Energy Management System
    Automated Buildings article describes how smart meters and the Green Button initiative could give small businesses and organizations a basic but powerful energy management system, for free.

    Residential Feedback Devices & Programs: Opportunities for Natural Gas
    US Department of Energy report Residential Feedback Devices and Programs: Opportunities for Natural Gas provides a better understanding of gas feedback by: Reviewing the body of research on electricity feedback to identify parallel lessons that could be drawn for gas; Discussing benefits and challenges of different types of feedback as related to gas; Examining commercially available feedback options; Identifying three gas feedback options that show strong potential and should be the focus of future research and demonstration projects. (PDF)

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    8. Installation & Procedures

    Framing & Air-Sealing Tips For High-Performance Walls
    Green Building Advisor online videos describe techniques for framing and air sealing Passivhaus walls.

    Exterior Air Sealing When Re-Siding
    Home Energy says if the best practices for air sealing were employed during the re-siding of the home, the energy consumption of that home would drop.

    Adding Energy Efficiency To Home Maintenance Projects
    US Department of Energy and NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership report Key Innovations for Adding Energy Efficiency to Maintenance Projects explores ways to enhance energy efficiency in existing homes that would complement typical larger maintenance/remodeling projects. (PDF)

    Blower Door Results Should Not Be Reported In Air Changes Per Hour
    Green Building Advisor questions why we report blower door results in air changes per hour.

    Overview Of House Characterization
    Advanced Energy online slide show presentation describes features and benefits of house characterization. (PDF)

    Comparison Of Glycol & Drainback Solar Systems
    Plumbing & Heating Contractor says both closed loop glycol and drainback systems can provide decades of reliable service when properly installed, and describes the most important factors in choosing the right one for your application.

    Rainwater Harvesting System Design Basics
    Plumbing Engineer magazine describes the basics of rainwater harvesting system design.

    9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

    Whitepaper On Solar Electricity Innovation In Canada
    Canadian Solar Industries Association whitepaper On Solar Electricity Innovation In Canada proposes a technology roadmap that provides a framework for the advancement of technology and innovation in Canada’s solar electricity industry that will develop technology, policy and financing recommendations which will support CanSIA in its strategic planning, government relations and industry development efforts. (PDF)

    Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher, To 44%
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a solar cell that has a higher efficiency than previously thought possible. The three-layered cell, called SJ3, initially converted 43.5% of solar energy into electricity. However, last month, the cell eclipsed its own record by operating at 44% efficiency. The cell is expected to be used in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) arrays for utility-scale energy production.

    Ryerson Centre For Urban Energy
    Ryerson University in Toronto has opened the Centre for Urban Energy that focuses on research innovation (applied research in collaboration with industry), business innovation (entrepreneurship) and student innovation (experiential learning), all within the energy sector. Its goal is to help new energy companies turn their ideas into commercial products, services and/or technologies.

    2013 Winners Of Excellence In Renewable Energy Awards
    Winners of the Excellence in 2013 Renewable Energy Awards for Project of the Year Award represent facilities that signified excellence in five technologies: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal and Hydro.

    How Much Of World's Electricity Supply Is Generated From Wind
    US Energy Information Administration says worldwide wind power generation exceeded 250 billion kilowatthours in 2009, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 22 million average households in the United States. Wind generation increased by about 20% from 2008 to 2009, and has more than tripled since 2004. This growth is mostly due to capacity increases in the United States, China, India, and Western Europe. Despite this growth, the world still generated only 1% of its total electricity from wind power in 2009.

    2013 Fuel Economy Guide For Vehicles
    US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy online 2013 Fuel Economy Guide helps car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. (PDF)

    10 Predictions For Electric Vehicles In 2013
    Pike Research report Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2013 says sales in 2013 will continue to outpace the first years of hybrid vehicle sales as more than 210,000 PEVs will be sold globally and more than three dozen PEV models will debut. Consumers will have a much greater variety in vehicle types and in all-electric range, while consumer familiarity with the capabilities of the segment will also greatly increase.

    Electric Vehicles Standards Panel
    ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel has developed and will periodically update a strategic roadmap of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles.

    10. Information Sources

    Vancouver City Green Building Initiatives & Resources
    City of Vancouver provides information on their green building initiatives including laneway houses and secondary suites, green home building policies, green demolition practices, grants and loans for energy-efficiency improvements, green building and renovating resources, and green living at home.

    Canadian Solar Television
    Canadian Solar Industries Association online Solar Television is an effort to create an educational online forum using the voices of the industry. The first video is a tribute to the formation of the industry as they look to the next steps and the challenges and opportunities 2013 will bring.

    Resource Site On Energy Efficient Construction
    Building America Solution Center provides information and resources on energy efficient construction including reports, guides, CAD files, case studies, images, and references.

    Training Books, Guides & Manuals On Home Performance
    Tru Tech Tools sells training books, guides and manuals on various home performance topics.

    Green Building Information Gateway
    Green Building Information Gateway is a global innovation platform and search engine for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment.

    11. Conferences & Shows

    Canadian National Renewable Heating Workshop
    Canadian GeoExchange Coalition and Canadian Solar Industries Association workshop Renewable Heat: Integrating Solar and Geothermal in Policy and Technology, will take place at University of Toronto on January 31, 2013.

    Canadian Sustainable Communities Conference & Trade Show
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities presents the Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show in Windsor, February 13-15. This year’s conference theme, Building Blocks for the Next Generation, focuses on best practices in sustainable development from a wide range of Canadian communities and regions, and highlights innovative projects. Our speakers, workshops and study tours will explore three content streams: The Culture of Leadership, Sustainable Infrastructure, and Innovation and Technology.

    Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
    Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, held March 6-8 in Wisconsin presents latest developments in high performance residential buildings.

    2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference
    2013 Affordable Comfort conference for the home performance industry covers a wide range of building science topics, mostly relating to energy efficiency of existing houses and buildings. It will be held in Denver April 30 to May 3.

    Living Future 2013 Green Building Conference
    Cascadia Region Green Building Council present the Living Future 2013 conference in Seattle May 15-17. It is designed to show products and address skills that industry leaders need to effectively transform our built environment.

    12. Education & Training

    Clarifying HST To PST Transition For The Housing Industry
    Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association seminar What's Next? HST to PST will be held in Burnaby on February 7th. It will explain the transitional provisions from moving from HST to PST with a particular focus on new residential housing and real property. Enhanced incentives for new residential housing will also be explained, along with various GST/HST tips and traps.

    Top 5 Technologies To Boost Efficiency Of New Residential Construction
    City Green online free webinar to be held on February 8th will give the inside scoop on 5 innovated systems to cost effectively increase your homes EnerGuide scores for single family and townhouse residential new construction.

    Quantifying Environmental Value Of Building Reuse
    International Living Future Institute workshop Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse will present a whole-building life cycle assessment study that computes the environmental impacts related to materials manufacture, transport, construction, operation and the demolition and disposal of common building types and compares these impacts to those associated with building renovation and reuse. It will be held in Kelowna on February Feb 26, Nelson on February Feb 27, and Vancouver on March 20.

    Energy Impact Of Building & Retrofitting Efficient MURBs
    Light House workshop on March 6th covers energy efficiency improvements for both new and existing mid to high-rise residential buildings. Hear from energy experts, and learn how to assess opportunities for energy and cost savings based on actual testing and monitoring data from in-service buildings.

    Integrating Social Dimensions Into Sustainability
    SFU course Integrating Social Dimensions into Sustainability, to be held March 8-9, talks about sustainability not as a product, but as a process where issues of social justice and equity are essential to successful outcomes.

    Building Science Principles Certificate
    Building Performance Institute now offers an online exam, and a companion Reference Guide, to earn a Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge. This is a method of verifying basic building science knowledge in the home performance and energy efficiency retrofit fields.

    Sustainable Building/Renovating Housing Forum
    Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Interior's presents The Sustainable Building/Renovating Housing Forum in Kamloops on February 7. It features experts from throughout BC who will speak about building and renovating for the future, in sustainable ways.

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    13. Costs & Savings

    Energy Savings Calculator For Lighting Products
    Natural Resources Canada calculator enables Canadian home-owners and tenants to understand the environmental and economic benefits of upgrading to more energy efficient light sources. It models all incandescent lighting in a home and compares it to energy savings that would be realized from upgrading to more energy-efficient options such as halogen, CFLs, and LEDs. Free registration required.

    Value Of Green Labels In California Housing Market
    University of California research report The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market, An Economic Analysis of the Impact of Green Labeling on the Sales Price of a Home summarizes a pricing analysis done on all single-family home sales in California over the time period 2007 to 2012. It shows that homes labeled with Energy Star, LEED or Greenpoint Rated, transact for a premium of nine percent relative to otherwise comparable, non-labeled homes.

    Cost Effectiveness Of Home Energy Retrofits In Pre-Code Homes In US
    US Department of Energy report Cost Effectiveness of Home Energy Retrofits in Pre-Code Vintage Homes in the United States examines the opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits in residential archetypes constructed prior to 1980 (pre-code) in fourteen U.S. cities. The principle objectives of the study are to determine the opportunities for cost-effective source energy reductions in this large cohort of existing residential building stock as a function of local climate and energy costs; and to examine how retrofit financing alternatives impact the source energy reductions that are cost effectively achievable. (PDF)

    Post-Retrofit Residential Assessments Of Energy Consumption
    US Department of Energy study Post-Retrofit Residential Assessments examined a range of factors influencing energy consumption in households that had participated in residential energy-efficiency upgrades. Most of the cases studied achieved substantial energy savings, although it was more common for the projected savings to be greater than the demonstrated savings. Two factors that played a very large role in savings variation were 1) changes in occupancy and 2) fenestration improvements outside of the incentive programs. Motivation for pursuing the upgrades (e.g., environmental sustainability vs. comfort or cost savings) did not seem to play any role in achieving savings. Participants generally were more concerned with maintaining aesthetics through lighting than comfort through heating or cooling. They also seemed more likely to turn the lights off when leaving a room than to turn the heat off when leaving the home. (PDF)

    14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

    South Okanagan Residents Can Save With FortisBC Energy Upgrade Loan
    Residents of the South Okanagan can now improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their home with help from a new, innovative loan program offered by FortisBC. This pilot loan program is available to FortisBC electricity customers who undertake energy upgrades for their homes under the guidance of a certified Energy Advisor. Loans will carry a 4.5 per cent interest rate and be amortized over 10 years.

    BC Pilot Of Energy Management Information System For Commercial Customers
    FortisBC is offering a pilot of EnerTracker Energy Management Information System that provides qualified commercial customers with access to the energy management information software for a period of up to three years at no cost. The program launches January 7, 2013 and runs until December 31, 2015.

    Underwriting Energy Efficiency Financing In Innovative Connecticut PACE Program
    Sustainable Real Estate Solutions paper Underwriting Energy Efficiency Financing in the Innovative Connecticut PACE Program describes the unique approach taken by Connecticut’s PACE tax lien financing program to jump start energy efficiency investments in the commercial and industrial real estate market. It also describes how the program has incorporated innovative technical and financial underwriting standards to insure that stakeholders can have a high degree of confidence in projected energy savings. (PDF)

    Can EDF Bring Energy Efficiency To Investor Market?
    Greentech Media describes a new protocol which aims to build investor confidence in retrofits to ultimately build a securitized market. EDF Investor Confidence Project (ICP) has not instilled confidence in the market just yet, but it has just announced the first significant step in the process.

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