Alert Notice #78
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

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

 April 1, 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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1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Home Energy Efficiency Lowers Mortgage Default Risks
Institute for Market Transformation study Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks finds that default risks are on average 32 percent lower in energy-efficient homes, controlling for other loan determinants.

Housing Affordability Is Real Key To Building Sustainable Communities
Canadian Home Builders Association online slide show presentation Housing Affordability; The Real Key To Building Sustainable Communities covers cities in perspective, economic growth as the imperative, urban policy (urban containment), housing affordability, urban transport, and environmental sustainability. (PDF)

A Chat With Henry Gifford
Green Building Advisor talks to New York City’s premier designer of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems about ERVs, thermostats, and LEED certification.

Adapting Infrastructure For Changing Climate
BC Water & Waste Association report Adapting Infrastructure for a Changing Climate discusses whether the water and waste community in BC and Yukon should change the way that it approaches planning and design of water infrastructure to incorporate climate change adaptation. (PDF)

Getting to Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities
University of Toronto report Getting to Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities strives to provide Canadian municipalities with a menu of options for greenhouse gas emission reductions, allowing a city to choose the combination of actions that are both feasible and most strategic for their specific circumstances. (PDF)

Building Retrofit & Industry Market Initiative
Energy Foundation report Building Retrofit and Industry Market Initiative: Reactions to the Residential Retrofit Roundtable Recommendations, researched ways to scale up energy efficiency retrofits in various markets. The residential expert panel identified three top approaches to drive the uptake of residential retrofits, including: develop state roadmaps, develop and promote new models for utility cost effectiveness, and develop programs to drive consumer demand. (PDF)

Overcoming Market Barriers & Using Market Forces To Advance Energy Efficiency
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency analyzes several targeted policies that leverage market forces and address specific market failures and barriers to energy efficiency without requiring substantial spending or government mandates. Free registration required.

World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report 2013
McGraw-Hill Construction study World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report: Business Benefits Driving New and Retrofit Market Opportunities in Over 60 Countries helps understand the trends in world green building today. According to the study, firms are shifting their business toward green building, with 51 percent of study firms planning more than 60 percent of their work to be green by 2015. Free account registration required.

2. Business Management

Green Building Business Case
World Green Building Council report The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants, examines whether or not it’s possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings. Today, green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings and investments can be recouped through operational cost savings and, with the right design features, create a more productive workplace.

7 Biggest Opportunities For HVAC Contractors
Green Building Advisor says heating and air conditioning contractors have a lot of opportunities to make homes better and to be profitable. The surprising thing is just how few HVAC companies take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them.

Home MPG Labels Won’t Drive Energy Improvements
OmStout Consulting describes why labeling homes and showing people the true long-term costs may not lead them over that brink into action and buying.

Creative Gallery Of Sustainable Communications & Ads
United Nations Environment Programme shows advertisements and communications from around the world in its Creative Gallery on Sustainability Communications.

3. Building Design & Trends

Optimization of Net Zero Energy Houses
Building Research Information Knowledgebase paper by Proskiw Engineering examines the issue of Net Zero Energy Home design optimization for houses located in Canada. Over 50 different Energy Conservation Measures were evaluated by performing annual energy analyses for three representative house types in four different climatic zones. By comparing energy savings and incremental construction costs, detailed recommendations were produced for each of these house/location combinations. (PDF)

Improving Accuracy Of Energy Analysis For Residential Buildings
US Department of Energy paper Assessing & Improving Accuracy of Energy Analysis for Residential Buildings focuses on improving whole-building energy analysis methods that employ annual building energy simulations. These methods involve feld data collection procedures, simulation protocols, and software test suites. (PDF)

Vision Of Urban Building Of Future
TreeHugger describes how giant engineering firm Arup looks into the future with a vision of what a building might be like in 2050. If you think things are changing fast now, fasten your seatbelts; you are in for a bumpy ride.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

BC Energy Code Comparison
Stantec Consulting report BC Energy Code Comparison describes the difference in energy, emissions, and financial performance associated with the adoption of two different building codes relative to the current code (ASHRAE 90.1-2004) in BC. Alternatives analysed include the prescriptive compliance paths of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and NECB-2011. (PDF)

Proposed Changes To Canadian Energy Star Standards For Fenestration Products
Natural Resources Canada describes proposed changes to the Energy Star technical specification for fenestration products, with a proposed effective date for these changes of March 1, 2015.

Home Energy Labelling Requirement At Point Of Sale: Pilot Program Design
Pembina Institute report outlines the policy design of a home energy labelling requirement at point of sale, for possible pilot implementation by local governments in B.C. At full implementation, this policy would require the seller of a new or existing single-family house to get an EnerGuide energy assessment before the homes are put up for sale.

EarthCraft Virginia Launches Third-Party Net-Zero Certification
A two-part program from EarthCraft Virginia will certify residential buildings that produce at least as much energy as they use in a year. The two-part certification includes Net-Zero Ready once a project has successfully met the program design criteria, construction, and diagnostic testing goals, and Net-Zero Certified once homeowners have demonstrated that they have lived an energy-neutral or -positive lifestyle for one year.

Living Building Challenge 2.1
International Living Building Institute initiative The Living Building Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. (PDF)

Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program Specification Development
US Department of Energy research Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program Specification Development identified and developed combinations of cost-effective high performance building assemblies and mechanical systems that can be readily deployed in the manufacturing setting. (PDF)

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    5. Building Science & Technologies

    5 Reasons To Consider Onsite Wastewater Treatment for Your Next Project
    Building Green says treating wastewater onsite can save owners money, but there are other good reasons too.

    Deep Energy Retrofit Details, Questions, Issues
    Building Science online slide show presentation discusses deep energy retrofit details, questions, and issues. (PDF)

    Blower Doors Have Become Essential
    Green Building Advisor describes how blower doors can be used to measure a building's airtightness, to locate leaks, or to comply with a green-building program.

    Best Practices For Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems
    US Department of Energy best practices for Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems includes sections on Solar Sells by Closing the Deal, Solar-Thermal Water Heating, Photovoltaic Power Generation, Planning and Orientation, Rack-Mounted Systems, Worker Safety, Solar Ready, Looking Back & Ahead, and Case Studies. (PDF)

    Guidelines For Residential Rainwater Harvesting Systems
    CMHC online Guidelines for Residential Rainwater Harvesting Systems provides design and installation guidelines for rainwater catchment and conveyance, storage and tank sizing, rainwater quality and treatment, make-up water system and backflow prevention, pump and pressurized distribution system, and overflow provisions and stormwater management. (PDF)

    6. Building Performance Issues

    Thermostat Use In Canadian Homes
    Statistics Canada says just over half of Canadian households with a thermostat reduced their home’s temperature while they slept. Households using a programmable thermostat were more likely to lower home temperatures than those with non-programmable thermostats.

    High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts
    Fine Homebuilding summarizes notes from Mark LaLiberte's seminar Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts.

    Electrical Outlet Gaskets Don't Stop Air Leakage
    Green Building Advisor describes why gaskets are not effective for air-sealing electrical receptacles.

    Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Real-Time Feedback
    US Department of Energy report Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Real-Time Feedback describes how energy efficient building occupancy gains can be made through a supported behavior change strategy, incorporating deliberate placement of real-time energy use feedback for building users. (PDF)

    Utilities Guide To Data Access For Building Benchmarking
    Efficient Buildings Hub report Utilities’ Guide to Data Access for Building Benchmarking, explains how local utilities can improve this access to facilitate benchmarking. (PDF)

    White Roofs, Green Myth?
    Huffington Post says reflective roofs could exacerbate the effect of global warming and do more harm than good for buildings in northern climates. It says their popularity is based on sloppy science and good marketing and points to a recent study done by Stanford University that highlights some of the problems with white roofs.

    Performance Measurement Guide For Commercial Buildings
    ASHRAE sells Performance Measurement Protocols for Commercial Buildings: Best Practices Guide. It provides tools and techniques for measuring, managing and improving the performance of a facility as demonstrated by its energy and water use and indoor environmental quality. It serves as the how-to guide for continuously evaluating and improving the performance of commercial buildings throughout their service life. The book provides specific best practices in the areas of energy use, water use and four elements of indoor environmental quality: thermal comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ), lighting/daylighting and acoustics.

    High Efficiency Residential Swimming Pool Initiative
    CEE report High Efficiency Residential Swimming Pool Initiative describes data that suggests that a very significant opportunity exists around transforming the market for residential pool pumps through an approach that leverages binational consistency among participating efficiency programs.

    7. Products & Suppliers

    2013 Most Efficient Energy Star Products In Canada
    Natural Resources Canada lists the most efficient Energy Star products in Canada for 2013.

    New Green Insulation Materials
    EcoBuilding describes new insulation options offering recycled and renewable materials that make the selection and installation processes easier.

    US-Made Door For Passivhaus Buildings
    Green Building Advisor describes how an Oregon builder is producing high-R doors designed for Passivhaus projects.

    Evaluating Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes
    US Department of Energy report Evaluating Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes describes evaluation and selection of ventilation systems for homes in Las Vegas that are receiving dramatic energy, aesthetic, and health and safety improvements. (PDF)

    Top 10 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps
    Alliance to Save Energy describes their top 10 energy efficiency apps in 2013.

    Resource Site On Greener Products
    US Environmental Protection Agency site provides Americans easy access to information about everyday products like home appliances, electronics and cleaning products that can save money, prevent pollution and protect people’s health.

    New Drywall Can Cut Building Energy Consumption By 40%
    Science Daily says researchers in Madrid have patented gypsum boards able to store thermal energy that can reduce up to 40% of energy consumption of a building.

    Treating Sewage With Willows As Energy Crop
    Green Energy Futures describes how the County of Camrose, Alberta is treating its sewage by growing willows and using the willows as biomass to heat their buildings.

    Wood Recycling Provisions In North American Green Building Programs
    Dovetail report An Examination of Wood Recycling Provisions in North American Green Building Programs examines green building programs, model codes, and standards to identify provisions targeting wood re-use and recycling. (PDF)

    Carbon Implications Of Construction Material Selection
    Woodworks online video Carbon Implications of Construction Material Selection examines carbon implications of building material selection using examples of real world projects and material comparisons to show how using wood can reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Other topics will include tools for assessing carbon liberation, carbon equivalency, fossil vs. atmospheric carbon, CO2 sequestration, and implications of potential cap and trade legislation and the Kyoto process for materials selection and building design.

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    8. Installation & Procedures

    Air Seal Major Thermal Bypasses First
    Green Building Advisor describes why you should not worry about the cracks around your windows until you’ve sealed all of the big holes in your house.

    Interior Energy Retrofits For 1960s & 1970s Two-Storey Houses
    CMHC factsheet Interior Retrofit for 1960s and 1970s Two-Storey Houses describes options for adding insulation to, and air sealing, the foundation, walls and attics of typical 1960's and 70's two storey houses to achieve space heating energy savings. It includes starting point (what these houses typically have), interior air-sealing and insulation options to achieve the targeted energy savings, technical considerations to keep in mind in the planning of the retrofit project, and general precautions to avoid common pitfalls and unintended consequences of envelope retrofit projects. (PDF)

    Extending Window Openings For Deep Energy Retrofit
    Green Building Advisor describes how to prepare weather-tight window installations for a deep energy retrofit by prefabricating the window surrounds and using advanced European tapes.

    Spraying Polyurethane Foam Over Existing Roof
    Fine Homebuilding describes a project that used a closed-cell, sprayed polyurethane foam over the old tar-and-gravel roof.

    Primary Loop Advantage For BTU Energy Measurement Of Solar DHW
    Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine says BTU metering is becoming more important for solar heating systems. It provides verification that a solar heating system is working properly, proof that conventional fuel sources are being offset and that the expected fuel savings are real. A simple primary loop piping configuration provides two distinct advantages when it comes to metering multiple heat sources and multiple heat loads.

    2P3T Piping Configuration For Solar Heat Storage Tanks
    Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor gives description of the “2-Pump, 3-Tee” (2P3T) reversible secondary loop connection.

    Tuning Up High-Rise Buildings
    Canadian Property Management Magazine article describes some fairly simple tune-ups that can significantly reduce the amount of wasted energy used in MURBs and, subsequently, reduce the billing costs for owners and occupants. (PDF)

    9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

    Over 150 Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles To Hit Streets In BC
    Communities around BC will soon see more natural gas-powered vehicles on the road after FortisBC awarded approximately $6 million in incentives to transportation operators to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles for their fleets.

    Model For Life Cycle Assessment Of Transportation Fuels
    GH Genius is a spreadsheet model that calculates the amount of greenhouse gases generated from the time a fuel is extracted or grown to the time that it is converted in a motive energy vehicle to produce power. Free registration required.

    Overview Of Run Of River Power
    Energy BC describes run-of-river hydroelectic power and provides a breakdown of use and potential in BC and Canada.

    Canadian Resource Site On District Energy
    Canadian District Energy Association provides information and resources on district energy systems.

    Heating & Cooling No Longer Majority Of US Home Energy Use
    US Energy Information Administration says for decades, space heating and cooling accounted for more than half of all residential energy consumption. Estimates from the most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey show that 48% of energy consumption in US homes in 2009 was for heating and cooling, down from 58% in 1993. While energy used for space conditioning has declined, energy consumption for appliances and electronics continues to rise.

    Homes Show Greatest Seasonal Variation In Electricity Use
    US Energy Information Administration says electricity use varies with the weather, as changes in temperature and humidity will have an affect the demand for space heating and cooling. The three main sectors that use electricity (residential, commercial, and industrial) all respond differently to seasonal changes in the weather.

    Inside A Canadian Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Plant
    Canadian Solar Industry Association online video takes you inside the Canadian Solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant.

    Wind Power Doesn’t Make Sense Everywhere
    Building Green describes some applications of wind power that don't make sense.

    Advantages Of Biodiesel Fuel Blends For Home Heating
    KSTP TV discusses why homeowners should use biodiesel fuel blends to heat their homes. One reason: it burns cleaner.

    Report Confirms Smart Meter Safety
    Smart Meter says a recent Vermont state report has concluded that smart meters emit far less potentially harmful material than the Federal Communications Commission considers safe.

    10. Information Sources

    Canadian LEED Policy Database
    Canadian Green Building Council online Canadian LEED Policy Database is a collection of municipal, provincial, and federal government policies that reference the LEED rating system in some capacity.

    Presentations From 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities provides online access to the presentations made at their 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show.

    Reports On Green Building Policies & Programs
    Pembina Institute provides reports on green building policies and programs as part of its Green Building Leaders project.

    Keeping The Heat In
    Natural Resources Canada has updated its online guide Keeping The Heat In that describes basic principles of building science and provides guidance in home retrofit projects such as insulation and air sealing improvements.

    Online Forum For Homeowners & Renovators
    US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Home Energy magazine have launched the Home Energy Saver Community, an online forum for homeowners and remodelers.

    Resource Site On Research Into Energy Efficient Buildings
    Global Buildings Performance Network resource site stimulates collective research and analysis from experts worldwide to promote better decision-making and help the building sector effectively reduce its impact on climate change. It has been designed to enable key stakeholders from the building sector to gather around a common participatory tool and a common purpose: sharing and curating global best knowledge and data on building performance policies that can deliver the abatement potential of buildings globally.

    Your Solar Path To Regional Prosperity
    Solar Roadmap platform organizes global best practices and makes them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Through a tailored Solar Roadmap, your community can join others from across the country that are transforming their communities with clean energy solutions.

    11. Conferences & Shows

    Green Real Estate Forum
    Green Real Estate forum, held April 11th in Toronto, will provide a high level discussion on the economics, feasibility, benefits, and value of upgrading existing properties or developing new properties as green or high performance buildings.

    Alberta Sustainable Buildings Symposium
    The Alberta Sustainable Buildings Symposium, held in Edmonton on May 7th, offers an opportunity to network, gain insight into future trends, and celebrate local successes.

    CanSIA Solar Ontario 2013 Conference & Tradeshow
    Canadian Solar Industries Association presents its Ontario regional conference & trade show Solar Ontario 2013. It is Ontario's largest and most influential solar industry event, taking place in Niagara Falls, Ontario on May 29-30.

    2013 Canadian Green Building Conference
    Canada Green Building Council 2013 national conference and expo will be held in Vancouver June 4-6. It will build on the themes and ideas generated at last year’s conference and will be focused on not just building sustainably, but building lasting change.

    BC Conference On Building Sustainable Communities
    Fresh Outlook Foundation is hosting the 2013 Building Sustainable Communities conference November 25-28 in Kelowna. It features a variety of plenaries, breakouts, panels, workshops, debates, and interactive sessions to provide opportunities for enhanced communication and collaboration.

    12. Education & Training

    BC Seminars On Transitioning To New BC Building Code
    Homeowner Protection Office is presenting their Building Smart #17 Spring 2013 Seminar, Transitioning to the New BC Building Code, around BC. It explores the impact of the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification (NAFS) for windows, doors and skylights and what builders must know when selecting and installing them, and changes to the required protection of walls between homes during the design and construction.

    Passive House Design & Construction Training Course In Cranbrook
    Canadian Passive House Institute presents a Passive House Design & Construction Training Course in Cranbrook, April 8-12. This five-day intensive course will offer the practice and tools needed for Passive House construction, a leading standard in low energy, sustainable construction. Architects, engineers, builders, sustainability consultants, building code professionals, and others with an interest in green building will gain the practical tools and resources needed to adapt this energy-efficient design to Canadian residential building codes.

    Online Canadian Certification Courses On Building Science & Energy Efficiency
    Blue House Energy provides online building science certification courses for trades, contractors and energy efficiency professionals.

    BC Sustainable Energy Management Program
    BCIT Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate program is a part-time studies program that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of sustainable energy management principles, approaches, techniques, and tools, in order to be able to function quickly and effectively in the position of energy manager or energy coordinator at their company, building or facility.

    BC Renewable Energy Course
    Selkirk College is offering a new Renewable Energy Course this May and June. The six week course will provide an introduction to: applied energy conservation; biomass and geothermal properties; electricity and electrical fundamentals, hydro and microhydro energy, principles of heat transfer; solar photovoltaic, thermal and wind energy.

    UBC Summer Institute In Sustainability Leadership
    UBC Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership is a one-week professional development program that teaches strategic and transformative leadership to help you accelerate the sustainability agenda within your organization and community.

    Job Task Analysis For Energy Auditor
    US Department of Energy Job Task Analysis For Energy Auditor provides a foundation for a credentialing program and helps identify the core knowledge areas, critical work functions, and/or skills typically found across a representative sampling of current practitioners or job incumbent workers. (PDF)

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    13. Costs & Savings

    Higher DHW Tank Efficiency Means More Cost
    Plumbing & HVAC magazine says NRCan is looking to reduce the amount of energy used for heating water, and that could have big consequences for homeowners, contractors, builders and manufacturers.

    Saving 70% Or More Energy With Deep Energy Retrofits
    Berkeley Lab study concluded that overall, deep energy retrofits on test homes had energy reductions ranging from 31 to 74 percent.

    Quality & Consistency In Retrofit Audits & Cost Estimates
    US Department of Energy report Retrofit Audits and Cost Estimates: A Look at Quality and Consistency examined the audit reports for quality, comprehensiveness, and consistency. Based on a closer look at six buildings for which utility data were available, two primary areas of concern emerged: the energy savings estimates and the costs of the recommended measures. Audit results were found to be highly variable even across very similar buildings. (PDF)

    Measurement & Verification Plan For Lighting Retrofit Projects
    US Department of Energy report Standard Measurement and Verification Plan for Lighting Retrofit Projects for Buildings and Building Sites provides a framework for standard measurement and verification (M&V) of lighting retrofit and replacement projects. The report was developed to provide site owners, contractors, and other involved organizations with the essential elements of a robust M&V plan for lighting projects. (PDF)

    Improved Modeling Of Residential Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps For Energy Calculations
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Improved Modeling of Residential Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps for Energy Calculations presents improved modeling methods in the context of whole-building simulation tools, with the goal of enabling more accurate evaluation of cost-effective equipment upgrade opportunities and efficiency improvements in residential buildings. (PDF)

    14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

    BC Incentives For EV Charging Stations In Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
    Effective February 8th, 2013, property owners of multi-unit residential buildings can apply for incentives through LiveSmart BC for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. Incentives covering 80% of eligible procurement and installation costs incurred prior to March 31st, 2013 (up to $4,500 max per station) are available. Stations must be installed by August 15th, 2013.

    Split Incentives & Green Leases
    Institute for Market Transformation video describes green leases (sometimes referred to as aligned leases, high performance leases, or energy efficient leases) that are tools to address the asymmetries in the relationships between building owners and tenants to remove this barrier to going green.

    Financing Benefits, Innovations & Options For Residential Solar Photovoltaics
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Residential Solar Photovoltaics: Comparison of Financing Benefits, Innovations, and Options examines relatively new, innovative financing methods for residential photovoltaics and compares them to traditional self-financing methods. It provides policymakers with an overview of residential PV financing mechanisms, describes relative advantages and challenges between the various financing mechanisms, and analyzes differences between them where data is available. (PDF)

    Setting The PACE, Financing Commercial Retrofits
    Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, PACENow and the Urban Land Institute released a report this month on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which is a "municipal approach to support energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades in commercial buildings in the United States" that originated in 2008 in Berkeley and Palm Desert, California. The report profiles four of the 16 PACE programs that are currently accepting applications, including the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority program based in Toledo, Ohio. (PDF)

    Guide To Performance Contracting With ESCOs
    US Department of Energy report A Guide to Performance Contracting with ESCOs gives descriptions of the benefits offered by ESCOs and the things to consider when selecting and contracting with your provider. (PDF)

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