Alert Notice #81
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
June 4, 2013


1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technology
6. Building Performance Issues
7. Products & Suppliers
8. Installation & Procedures
9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Costs & Savings
14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

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Canadian Building Industry Pulse Survey Results Winter 2013
Canadian Home Builders Association presents the results of their 46th Pulse Survey of new home builders and renovators, conducted in December 2012 and January 2013. (PDF)

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Energy Efficiency Trends In Canada 1990 To 2009
Natural Resources Canada report Energy Efficiency Trends In Canada 1990 To 2009 tracks trends in energy efficiency and delivers on Canada's commitment to provide a comprehensive summary of secondary energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. (PDF)

R-2000 Net-Zero Energy Pilot Launched By NRCan
Globe says Natural Resources Canada is undertaking an R-2000 Net Zero Energy pilot to recognize builders and homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan's 2014 R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero energy applications.

Summary Of Canadian Construction Housing Research Activities For 2012
Canadian National Research Council provides a summary of NRC Construction housing activities for 2012, in a report prepared for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, February 2013.

Now 1000 LEED Certified Projects In Canada
Canada Green Building Council has announced that 1000 projects have now been LEED certified in Canada. The certifications total 145 Certified, 316 Silver, 447 Gold and 92 Platinum projects across Canada, in six different ratings systems. The certified buildings range from single family homes to condo and office towers; from schools and arenas to retail outlets and industrial complexes.

Eight Great Green Building Trends
Green Build TV summarizes the Global Green Building Trends Report, describing eight green building trends to be aware of.

Survey On Mechanical Systems In High-Performance Homes
The Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition is seeking feedback from those who have direct experience implementing mechanical systems in high-performance homes. These may be builders, contractors, consultants or designers, researchers, suppliers and manufacturers. Your participation will help identify the needs for mechanical systems in next-generation low-energy homes. The results may also identify specific research needed to address challenges similar to those you face.

Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Around The World
Institute for Market Transformation report Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement offers a classification system for building energy rating systems around the world. It analyzes the fundamental assumptions and methodologies underpinning 17 systems in 10 countries.

Global Map Of Climate Change Over The Years
New Scientist online map allows you to click on any part of the world and see the change in temperature over periods of time.

Continued Cooling May Jeopardize Climate Science & Green Energy Funding
Forbes says the past 17 years of flat global temperatures are creating a big chill for lots of global warming doom-premised industries.

2. Business Management

Environmental Law & Regulation In British Columbia 2013
Blakes Lawyers report Environmental Law & Regulation In British Columbia 2013 assists readers to understand the rapidly changing environmental regulatory maze in Canada. (PDF)

Meritage Homes Secret Weapon For High Performance Domination
Green Dream podcast features Meritage Homes discussing homebuyers, how to woo them, and why Meritage is rocking the boat in homebuilding markets across the US.

Does Building Green Create Value?
Light House white paper Does Building Green Create Value? examines whether building green translates into tangible value for property owners and developers and introduces a Green Building Valuation Report for the Canadian market that is starting this year. (PDF)

How Global Warming Will Impact Your Construction Business
On-Site magazine says repairing the damage, building new infrastructure to support northern development and building defences against natural disaster are all challenges Canada’s construction industry will face from effects of global warming.

You Won’t Sell Your Way to Success With Modeled Energy Savings
Mike Rogers suggests that if you’re relying on energy-savings alone to drive your home performance business, you’re going to struggle. Unless energy prices shoot up, savings won’t make the phone ring. And savings won’t make most sales.

True Cost & Benefit Of Solar Heating
Plumbing Engineer says one of the largest barriers to selling solar space heating or a solar combisystem is when a potential client gets excited about adding solar thermal to their energy mix but is taken aback by the high upfront cost of the installation.

3. Building Design & Trends

2013 Top Ten AIA Green Projects
American Institute of Architects displays their 2013 top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Building School Completes Canada's Greenest Home
Fine Homebuilding says students and their instructor at the Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ont., have completed work on what they're calling Canada's Greenest Home, a net-zero-energy spec house that is on the market for $649,000.

Green Building for Beginners
Green Building Advisor offers some guidance if you are embarking on a construction project, but still uncertain about how to make your home green.

Challenges Of Designing & Building Net-Zero Home In Cold Climate
Engineer Gordon Howell's online presentation describes the challenges and process required to build a net-zero home in Canada. (PDF)

New England Net Zero New Construction Evaluations
Building Science report New England Net Zero New Construction Evaluations evaluates a project where Transformations, a residential development and building company that has partnered with Building Science Corporation, is building new construction net-zero energy houses in Massachusetts under the Building America program. (PDF)

Are Net-Zero Homes An Evolution Or Revolution?
Green Energy Futures describes the evolution of net-zero home building in Edmonton.

Building Orientation For Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort
Healthy Heating describes how to use building orientation for energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

Five Reasons Life-Cycle Assessment Will Not Give Us Zero-Impact Design
Building Green provides description of why life-cycle assessment is a great tool, as long as you understand its limitations.

Modeling Tool For Environmental Performance Of Neighbourhoods
Umi is a new, Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities regarding operational energy use, walkability and daylighting potential.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

New Energy Requirements In Part 3 & Part 9 Of BC Code
BC adopted new energy efficiency requirements for both Part 3 and Part 9 buildings. This BC Building and Safety Standards Branch bulletin describes the new requirements and their effective dates. (PDF)

Evaluation Of North Van's Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative To Date
North Vancouver City's report informs Council on the progress of the City's Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative, particularly with regards to the energy performance ratings that have been achieved since the inception of the program on January 1, 2011. (PDF)

Adaptation Guidelines For National Energy Code Of Canada For Buildings 2011
The Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 was approved by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes at its April 2011 meeting. During the development of the material, some jurisdictions commented that they had specific policy directives regarding energy efficiency in buildings that they needed to address. This Adaptation Guidelines For National Energy Code Of Canada For Buildings 2011 document provides guidance on how the NECB 2011 can be modified to address those policy directives.

Implications Of Canadian & US Energy Codes On Log Home Construction
BC Log & Timber Building Association displays the FP Innovations paper on the Implications of Current and Future Canadian and US Energy Codes on Log Home Construction. (PDF)

Cross Canada Comparison Of Energy Savings Of ASHRAE 90.1 2010 & NECB 2011
BC Government shows the study ASHRAE 90.1 2010 and NECB 2011 Cross Canada Comparison. It was undertaken to determine the energy savings of the NECB-2011 compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for various building types in locations across Canada. The locations evaluated in this study were Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary. (PDF)

Canadian High Density Energy Efficiency Program For Residential High Rise
Built Green Canada now offers the High Density program that addresses the needs of builders constructing multi-storey and residential tower development.

Updated Status Of Low-lead Requirements For Potable Plumbing Products In Canada
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating provides an update on the status of low-lead policies in Canada, with mention that new product standards and related changes may come into effect by January 2014. (PDF)

Drain Water Heat Recovery Gets Boost In Ontario Codes
Green Building Advisor says Ontario has become the first province or state in North America to recognize drain-water heat recovery as part of its building energy code.

Assessing Residential Water Use Choices For Climate Change Adaptation
BC Water & Waste Association online slide show presentation describes an assessment of the effectiveness of climate change adaptation policies regarding residential water use choices. (PDF)

Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Systems
Institute for Market Transformation paper Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement proposes a classification framework for energy efficiency evaluation tools by comparing seventeen building energy performance assessment systems from ten countries. (PDF)

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5. Building Science & Technology

107 Acronyms & Initials For Home Energy Pros
Energy Vanguard describes 107 acronyms and initials used in the home performance industry.

All About Thermal Mass
Green Building Advisor describes why interior thermal mass can sometimes help lower energy costs, but in cold climates it won’t help much.

Understanding Energy Recovery Ventilators
Home Builder magazine describes how energy recovery ventilators work, and considerations for selecting and using them in our cold Canadian climate.

LED Lighting's Risks & Rewards
Building Design & Constriction says LED lighting technology provides unique advantages, but it’s also important to understand its limitations for optimized application.

Commissioning Needed For Optimal Savings From Daylight Control
Energy Center of Wisconsin studied existing levels of success with daylighting control, achieved savings and missed opportunities. The findings demonstrate that successful implementation of automatic daylighting control requires a significant commissioning effort to reach full energy-savings potential. (PDF)

Introduction To Natural Building
Green Building Elements describes natural buildings that are constructed from raw, natural, and renewable resources, which are often also local. Any natural building will include clay, sand, fiber (usually straw), and water, while many will incorporate wood and stone as well.

Harvesting Rainwater
Buildapedia gives description on how rain chains and rain barrels are smart ways to conserve water and save energy.

Energy Upgrades For Beginners
Green Building Advisor provides advice on how to improve the energy performance of an older house, by starting with a thorough inspection.

Energy Retrofits For Low-Rise Multifamily Buildings In Cold Climates
US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Energy Retrofits for Low-Rise Multifamily Buildings in Cold Climates explains the benefits of evaluating and identifying energy efficiency retrofit measures that could be made during renovation and maintenance of multifamily buildings. This guideline focuses on retrofit measures for roof repair or replacement, exterior wall repair or gut rehab, and heating system maintenance. (PDF)

6. Building Performance Issues

Quantifying Air Leakage Control In Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
RDH Building Engineering study for CMHC provides guidance on the development of testing and measurement strategies to quantify air leakage in MURBs. (PDF)

Gas & Electrical Equipment Safety In Floods
BC Safety Authority reminds homeowners and businesses to take precautions with gas and electrical appliances when flooding is expected.

Energy Use By Buildings & Built Environment Is Higher
Building Green describes how the direct operation of buildings for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances, along with a reasonable share of energy use associated with getting to and from those buildings, accounts for over half of our energy use. This is significantly more than the 41% figure that’s commonly quoted.

Variability In Measured Space Temperatures In 60 US Homes
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Variability in Measured Space Temperatures In 60 US Homes discusses the measured variability in indoor space temperatures in a set of 60 homes located in Florida, New York, Oregon, and Washington. The data was examined to establish the average living room temperatures for the heating and cooling seasons, the variability of living room temperatures depending on climate, and the variability of indoor space temperatures. (PDF)

Does Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House?
Green Building Advisor says a properly installed composting toilet does not smell.

Disconnect Between Rated & Field Performance Of DHW Systems
US Department of Energy report Exploring the Disconnect Between Rated and Field Performance of Water Heating Systems summarizes input from a group of water heating experts. The goal was to advance the shared knowledge on key water heating performance issues and identify additional data needs that will further this critical research area. (PDF)

Side-by-Side Testing of Water Heating Systems
US Department of Energy report Side-by-Side Testing of Water Heating Systems: Results from the 2010-2011 Evaluation documents the results from the testing and evaluation of seven water heating systems. (PDF)

Effect Of Weatherization On Radon Levels
Affordable Comfort Inc. online presentation describes how recent research has indicated that weatherizing houses can affect indoor radon concentrations.

7. Products & Suppliers

How Cree Perfected The 20-Year LED Lightbulb
Forbes describes the history of how Cree perfected the 20-year LED lightbulb.

Helix Micro Rebar Debuts in British Columbia
Fab-Form online videos shows how RDC Fine Homes recently poured BC's first foundation reinforced with Helix micro rebar in the footing and stem wall.

ECCO Supply & Ecolighten Offer BC HVAC Trade Support
Ecolighten is now offering Home Performance Design support for ECCO Supply’s HVAC trade network. Available online with a service request form and through distribution branches in Burnaby, Langley and Chilliwack, Ecolighten will be providing HVAC trades access to Home Performance Design services including: Heat/Cool Load Calculations; HVAC Mechanical Design; Performance Inspections.

2013 BC Environment Industry Guide
BC Environment Industry Guide 2013 describes an industry sector that is growing faster than the economy as a whole, and lists companies that provide the products and services to protect our natural and social environments. (PDF)

Online Material Analysis Tool For Green Products
Material Analysis Tool (MAT) from McGill University is an online ranking system that distills manufacturer information to assist users in the selection of building products that are healthy and environmentally responsible.

Energy Savings And R & D Opportunities For New Residential HVAC Products
US Department of Energy report Energy Savings Potential and Research, Development, & Demonstration Opportunities for Residential Building Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems identifies a wide range of technology options in varying stages of technology development that could reduce residential HVAC energy consumption. (PDF)

Hydronic Systems Provide Better Energy Efficiency
PM Engineer guest editorial says with the use of new variable-speed chillers and heat pumps and variable-speed pumps, hydronic systems provide the most efficient method of generating and distributing Btu in a building.

High Performance Commercial Fenestration Framing Systems
US Department of Energy project High Performance Commercial Fenestration Framing Systems goal was to develop high performance, energy efficient commercial fenestration framing systems, by investigating new technologies that would improve the thermal performance of aluminum frames, while maintaining their structural and life-cycle performance. The project targeted an improvement of over 30% (whole window performance) over conventional commercial framing technology by improving the performance of commercial framing systems. (PDF)

Comparison Of Appliance & Equipment Energy Consumption To Models
US Department of Energy study Comparison of Real World Energy Consumption to Models and Department of Energy Test Procedures investigated the real-world energy performance of appliances and equipment as it compared with models and test procedures. (PDF)

Research & Development Roadmap For Next-Generation Appliances
US Department of Energy report Research & Development Roadmap for Next-Generation Appliances targets high-priority R&D, demonstration, and commercialization activities that, if pursued by DOE and its partners, could significantly reduce residential appliance energy consumption. The roadmap prioritizes those technologies with the highest energy savings potential and greatest likelihood of being embraced by both manufacturers and consumers. (PDF)

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8. Installation & Procedures

Checklist Of Air Sealing Sites & Drawings Of Methods
Southface provides a checklist of key leakage areas to air seal, along with drawings of recommended methods. (PDF)

Air Sealing Attic Access Panels/Doors/Stairs
Building America Solution Center online guide describes procedures for air sealing attic access hatches/panels/doors/stairs.

Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures For High-Rise Office Buildings
Public Works and Government Services Canada document Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures for High-Rise Office Buildings is meant to reduce the negative economic, environmental and human impacts of inadequate, improperly designed, improperly installed and improperly maintained air barrier systems. (PDF)

HVAC Duct Sealing & Leak Testing
Fine Homebuilding online video features duct sealing experts explaining how to seal leaks in duct seams and how to conduct a duct leakage test.

Great Tool For Checking Insulation In Walls
Energy Vanguard describes a great tool for checking existing insulation in walls. You can find this tool in the plumbing section of your local home improvement store, for about $2.50.

Installing Dense-Packed Cellulose Insulation In Walls
Fine Homebuilding online video features two insulation company representatives sharing their tips for installing dense-packed cellulose in wall cavities.

Exterior Retrofit For 1960s & 1970s Two-Storey Houses
CMHC online publication Exterior Retrofit for 1960s and 1970s Two-Storey Houses describes air-sealing and exterior insulation retrofit options to achieve the targeted space heating energy savings in a typical 1960s and 1970s two-storey house. (PDF)

Deep Energy Retrofit Of Three-Family Triple Decker
Building Science describes a comprehensive energy efficiency update of a 1907 triple decker, 3,885 ft2 above-grade living space, 3-family residence with conditioned basement. Estimated annual energy savings are projected at 48% energy use reduction compared to the pre-retrofit conditions.

Guide To Best Practices For Home Energy Retrofits In California
Measured Home Performance online Guide To Best Practices For Home Energy Retrofits In California describes best practices which have provided homeowners with measured energy savings after retrofits of typical single family houses in California. The measures outlined in this report are aimed principally at significant energy reductions (40 to 60% of annual heating and cooling costs). But they also provide measured improvements in occupant comfort. (Large PDF)

Window Rehabilitation Procedures
US Department of Energy describes measures that improve the existing performance of a window without significant modifications or additions to the window.

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

Guide To BC Local Governments & First Nations Green Energy Projects & Utilities
Community Energy Association developed two reports on Green Energy Projects and Utilities: An Investment and Governance Guide for BC Local Governments and First Nations. Volume 1 provides detailed guidance on financing and governance for green energy project and utilities, and Volume 2 includes 13 detailed case studies of green energy projects and utilities across BC.

Overview Of District Energy Systems
FortisBC online presentation demonstrates how district energy systems provide space heating, air conditioning and domestic hot water.

Presentations On BC District Energy Ready Buildings
Community Energy Association online webinar presentations from CEA, City of Surrey, City of Fort St. John and District of North Vancouver are reports on results from the District Energy Ready Buildings program funded by Vancity, Real Estate Foundation and FortisBC.

Home Renewable Energy Installations Solar, Wind, Hydropower
US Department of Energy provides guidance on figuring out if solar, wind or other small renewable energy system is right for your home.

Energy Futures For Canada To 2050
Conference Board of Canada’s new Strategic Foresight Initiative has examined energy futures for Canada out to 2050. Four plausible scenarios emerged that must be considered for shaping a Canadian energy strategy. Free site registration required.

Will Natural Gas Be Our Domestic Energy Savior?
Green Building Advisor describes why we should think twice before putting all our eggs in the natural gas basket.

Car2Go Car Sharing In Calgary
Green Energy Futures describes the Car2Go service in Calgary’s inner core. The on-demand car sharing service charges $0.38 a minute to use one of its 300 bright blue and white Smart Cars.

Utilities Guide To Data Access For Building Energy 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)

US States Turning Against Renewable Portfolio Standards
Renewable Energy News says more than half the US states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas prices brought on by technology that boosted supply.

10. Information Sources

Glossary & Thesaurus On Clean Energy & Climate Change
Reegle provides an online, comprehensive clean energy and climate change glossary and thesaurus.

Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2010
Natural Resources Canada online Energy Use Data Handbook 1990 To 2010 tables provide data on energy use and GHG emissions as well as information on major activities and relevant indicators influencing energy use. (PDF)

Information & Resources On Water Efficiency
CMHC provides information and resources on water efficient technologies and practices.

Canadian Resource Site On Sustainability Of Concrete
Rediscover Concrete site was created by the Canadian cement and concrete industry to provide information on the sustainability of concrete.

Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network
Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings strategic Research Network is a major Canadian research effort in smart net-zero energy utilization in buildings. It brings together 29 Canadian researchers from 15 universities to develop the smart net-zero energy homes and commercial buildings of the future.

Architectural Industry Resource Site On Sustainable Construction
Architecture 2030 has unveiled a beta release of its 2030 Palette, a web-based platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide.

Online Sustainable Business Community
2degrees is a collaborative community, online and off, of sustainability professionals working to solve problems in their companies and value chains.

Online Video Library On Home Performance Topics
TruTech Tools free online videos covers various home performance topics including combustion safety testing, air-conditioner diagnostics, infrared thermography, and much more.

Online Guides To Air Sealing Walls/Openings
US Department of Energy online guides provide information on products and procedures for air sealing walls/openings.

Resources On Building Energy Performance Policy
Institute for Market Transformation provides resources and information on building energy performance policies that will make building performance more transparent, helping drive energy efficiency gains in the built environment.

11. Conferences & Shows

Pearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences
Green Building Advisor summarizes some key quotes from presenters at Better Buildings By Design, Building Energy, and Greenprints conferences.

EPIC Sustainable Living Expo In Vancouver
The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo green consumer show and eco-marketplace is being held at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, July 6-7.

2013 Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit
The 2013 Net-Zero Leadership Summit, a first-of-its-kind gathering of industry leaders in the growing net-zero energy movement, will be held in Irvine California, October 8-10. It is focused on advancing affordable net-zero energy homes and communities across North America.

International Green Building Conference & Expo
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be held in Philadelphia, November 20-22, 2013. It features networking, educational programs, speakers and exhibits. Highlights include LEED workshops, green building tours, poster sessions, plenary and master speakers as well as the annual Leadership Awards celebration.

12. Education & Training

Hazardous Materials in Construction
BC Building Envelop Council seminar Hazardous Materials in Construction, held in Vancouver on June 20th will provide an overview of hazardous materials in buildings including: Asbestos, Lead, PCB's, Mercury, Ozone Depleting Substances, Mould and Microbial Growth and Crystalline Silica. The presenter will address the context in which these materials are used and can be found in buildings, their health effects and the regulatory framework for each of them.

BC Design-Build Contract Seminars
Canadian Construction Documents Committee is hosting seminars across Canada about the new CCDC 14 and 15 documents. During this seminar, CCDC members will explain to you the key philosophy behind these contract forms and the important changes to CCA-CSC-RAIC Documents 14 and 15, 2000. BC sessions will be held June 21st in Vancouver, June 24th in Victoria, June 25th in Nanaimo, and June 27th in Prince George.

Green Building Certification Showdown
Light House and representatives from the Cascadia Green Building Council, BOMA BC, and Built Green Canada will discuss pros and cons of each of these organizations' green building certification systems. Held in Vancouver on June 18th, they will cover how they fit in with municipal regulations, what is the typical timeline, and what are the associated costs?

Effect Of Building Shape & Neighborhood Design On Solar & Energy Performance
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition webinar Effect of Building Shape and Neighborhood Design on Solar Potential and Energy Performance will be held June 8. It covers how to design building shapes to maximize their solar potential, how to position buildings to avoid mutual shading, and how to benefit from street shape.

Free Webinar On BOMA BESt For Government Buildings
This free Light House webinar BOMA BESt for Government Buildings, held on June 20th, will introduce you to the BOMA BESt rating system and its application to public buildings. Learn the pros and cons of this certification regime, go step-by-step through the certification process, and see examples of certified buildings and real performance metrics to help you decide if BOMA BESt is the right certification system for your building stock.

Rebooting Environmentalism For 21st Century
Enlighten Next online course Our Bright Green Future will introduce you to some of the cutting-edge green perspectives that are changing the way we relate to nature, the environment, and our future.

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13. Costs & Savings

Carbon Footprint Calculator
LiveSmart BC online Lifestyle Carbon Calculator is an easy way for you to estimate your annual greenhouse gas emissions while learning about some great rebates and incentives that will help you save money, save energy, and save the planet.

Energy Efficiency Savings Protocols For Specific Energy Measures
US Department of Energy online Uniform Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures is a set of protocols for determining energy savings from energy efficiency measures and programs.

Estimating Payback Period Of Additional Insulation
US Department of Energy describes how to estimate the payback period for adding insulation.

Short-Term Test Results: Multifamily Home Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofit
US Department of Energy report Short-Term Test Results: Multifamily Home Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofit summarizes findings from the implementation, commissioning, and short-term testing. It shows air infiltration reductions of ›60%; a savings to investment ratio of ›1 from the hybrid heat pump system; and duct leakage reductions of ›60% resulting from using an aerosolized duct sealing approach. The project is currently projected to achieve energy savings of 50% compared to pre-retrofit levels, and the short-term testing supports this estimate. (PDF)

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

LiveSmart BC Program Extended To March 2014
In partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, the Province of British Columbia is extending the popular LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program, which gives homeowners up to $3,500 in rebates for energy saving improvements to their homes.

BC Home Energy Rebates
For a limited time, when you get a mortgage at Vancity, make energy efficiency upgrades to your home and receive a FortisBC natural gas rebate, Vancity will reward you with a $2,000 Home Energy Rebate. Eligible energy efficiency upgrades include natural gas water heaters, natural gas furnaces or boilers, EnerChoice natural gas fireplaces, and switching to natural gas.

BC Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Program
Building Owners and Managers Association of BC Clean Connect provides a substantial financial incentive for BOMA members to purchase and install electric vehicle charging stations in their building parking lots.

BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy & Financial Incentives
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources is now taking applications for funding available under the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program. The program funds studies to determine if a site is contaminated and to develop options for site restoration and redevelopment. It is available to private property owners, including local governments, First Nations, non-profit agencies, and businesses.

2012 State Of Energy Efficiency Program Industry Report
Consortium for Energy Efficiency report 2012 State of the Efficiency Program Industry reviews aspects of the state of the electric and gas demand side management program industry in the United States and Canada. It provides trends on 2011 program expenditures and reported savings along with 2012 budgets. (PDF)

Energy-Related Mortgage Innovations To Come Within A Year?
EcoBuilding describes three recent studies addressing advantages of energy efficiency as it relates to home ownership. They could have a significant impact on the way buyers finance home purchases in the near future. The studies point to a convergence among thought leaders in the financial, energy, and homebuilding industries, and may provide needed momentum for current efforts to change mortgage lending practices to include energy-related improvements.

Podcast On Revolution Of High Performance Home Mortgages
Green Dream podcast talks with Teresa Lopez of Green Energy Money about the future revolution of high performance home mortgages and the current problems that plague the financial system.

3 Paths To Advancing Building Energy Retrofit Market
Green Biz describes how Ceres has issued a new report detailing a comprehensive framework for creating an institutional-scale building energy retrofit industry.

Unlocking Energy Efficiency: The Investor Perspective
Institute for Market Transformation says investors are moving forward on energy efficiency across their portfolios. With some smart changes to make energy policy fairer, help improve the performance of our buildings and make energy use more transparent, we can put more of their capital to work.

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