Alert Notice #9
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
 July 31, 2008


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 & Transportation
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Incentives, Financing & Programs

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Green Building: General Info
Green Building Types
Green Products
Energy Efficiency: General Info
Energy Efficiency: Audits & Tools
Energy Efficiency: Buildings

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1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

More Big Changes Ahead Predicted For Green Building
US National Association of Home Builders article says future changes to green building will include more emphasis on water efficiency; a stronger link between construction & transportation; passive survivability for disaster; changes in mortgages, insurance, and appraisals; more linkage between resource efficiency & national security; and more innovative products.

Survey Says US Consumers Will Pay More For Renewable Products
Environmental Leader summarizes a study, sponsored by DuPont and Mohawk Industries, showing nearly 7 out of 10 US consumers are willing to pay more for products made with renewable resources.

Homeowners Call For Energy Efficiency Upgrades During Renovations
According to results of National Association of Home Builders quarterly Remodeling Market Index, 33 percent of surveyed remodelers report that they are increasingly called on to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

Energy & Greenhouse Gas Performance Canada Residential Sector 1990-2005
Canadian Home Builders Association report says the home building industry has been adopting energy efficient techniques for more than 25 years, and over this period evolution in building practices, in material and equipment, and in standards for many building components, have had a significant and positive impact on the energy and environmental performance of Canadian homes, both new and existing. (PDF)

Lighting Association Position On Banning Incandescent Bulbs
International Association of Lighting Designers strongly supports development and use of technologies, plus methods and appropriate regulation to minimize the energy use of lighting systems, but believes that incandescent bans must be carefully conceived or they are likely to be ineffective.

2. Business Management

Purchasable Book: Insider Guide To Marketing Green Buildings
Cascadia Region Green Building Council sells the book Insider Guide To Marketing Green Buildings that contains strategies, data, tools, and techniques to succeed at marketing green buildings, products, and sustainable design & construction services. $65 USD

How To Make Your Sustainability Story Worth Telling
Green Business magazine article says if you want your sustainability story to resonate with an audience of analysts, investors, employees, rating agencies, banks, governments, and other stakeholders you should put some credible substance into it.

Green Liability Issues & Managing Builder Risks With Green Buildings
Canadian Home Builders Association outlines risks that builders and industry members should consider when planning and building green homes. (PDF)

Notice Of Risks To Bidders On P3s & LEED Certified Projects
BC Construction Association bulletin suggests both general contractors and trade contractors should be aware and mindful of conditions and risks that may exist in bidding documents for Public Private Partnerships and projects that are striving for a LEED certification. (PDF)

3. Building Design & Trends

BC Resources For Sustainable Coastal Development & Design
Green Shores provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design, and construction professionals who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their coastal projects in a cost effective manner.

Designs & Plans For Energy Efficient & Affordable Housing
Building Science Consulting provides online plans and design tips for affordable houses, with separate details for different climate zones including very cold, cold, mixed-humid, and hot-humid.

Overview Of Toronto WW11 Bungalow Getting An Energy Redesign
Now House, is a project put forward by the Toronto sustainable housing community that came together with one purpose in mind: to discover the best ways to reduce the energy use of a 60 year old World War 2 home, to zero.

First LEED Certified Home Built In Washington State
James Hardie newsletter describes a gold-rated LEED home built with advanced framing, insulated by non-toxic soy-based insulation, passive solar design, solar hot water, rooftop photovoltaic systems, whole house fresh air exchanger, main floor radiant heat, non-toxic paints and finishes, and a charging station for a plug-in vehicle.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

BC Building Officials Giving Seminars On Greening The Building Code
Building Officials Association of BC is delivering Greening the Building Code education seminars across BC in September. These seminars provide technical and regulatory information on new green provisions in the BC Building Code to building code enforcers, architects & designers, engineers, builders, and others. (PDF)

City Of Vancouver Proposed By-Laws For Green Homes Program
City of Vancouver outlines proposed Building By-law amendments directed at reducing the environmental impacts of new dwellings (one and two family dwellings, including secondary suites). The recommended by-law amendments address: building envelope performance in areas of wall, basement, foundation, and window insulation; energy performance in lighting fixtures, energy monitoring systems, hot water heating, and fireplaces; in-building water efficiency in water closets; indoor air quality and ventilation; infrastructure development of roof-mounted solar energy generation and electric vehicle charging. (PDF)

Nanaimo Regional District Adopts Green Building Policy
Regional District of Nanaimo has adopted a new green building policy that features an Integrated Design Process as the foundation for all new RDN construction and major renovations.

CHBA Position On Environmental Or Green Building Labelling Initiatives
Canadian Home Builders Association outlines their position and policies related to environmental or green building labelling initiatives. (PDF)

CHBA Issues With Changes to EnerGuide Rating System For Homes
Canadian Home Builders Association describes some issues it has with recent changes to the EnerGuide rating system for homes. (PDF)

Canadian Energy Code Being Updated For 2010 Codes
National Research Council & NRCan will update the Canadian Model National Energy Code for Buildings, last published in 1997. The new energy code will complement the 2010 national construction codes, and will establish minimum energy efficiency requirements for new construction.

BC Government Action Items On BC Living Water Smart Plan
BC Government outlines 45 new actions and targets for water conservation and quality that are contained in their 2008 Living Water Smart plan.

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5. Building Science & Technology

Canadian Research Into Benefits Of Green Roofs & Walls
CMHC undertook a green roof and green wall research and demonstration project to better understand the positive impacts of these two techniques, such as increased energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and stormwater management. (PDF)

Remodeling For Energy Efficiency
Building Science Consulting article from Fine Homebuilding discusses how a 150-year-old house can approach zero energy use.

6. Building Performance Issues

Energy Consumption Of Major Household Appliances In Canada
Natural Resources Canada report provides 1990-2005 data and analysis on trends for energy consumption of major household appliances shipped in Canada.

Statistics & Analysis Of Canadian Energy Use
Natural Resources Canada offers data on energy use, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions in the residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, and agricultural sectors in Canada.

Common Energy Efficiency Claims May Be Misleading
Journal of Light Construction article describes some issues with common claims and myths about energy efficient products and building procedures.

7. Products & Suppliers

BC Suppliers Of Sustainable Energy Products & Services
BC Sustainable Energy Association provides a listing with descriptions and contact information for BC companies supplying sustainable energy products & services.

Canadian Certified Solar Hot Water Installers
Canadian Solar Industries Association lists, with links to their Web sites, Canadian certified installers of solar hot water systems.

Certification For Green Cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association created the Environmental Stewardship Program to help cabinet manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and help consumers easily identify environmentally-friendly products. Certification requirements cover air quality, product and process resource management, environmental stewardship, and community relations. They list cabinet manufacturers approved to display the ESP seal on their products.

Canadian Guide For Environmental Claims By Industry & Advertisers
CSA publication Environmental Claims: A Guide For Industry & Advertisers, provides users with a guide to application of environmental labels and declarations, some practical examples of how the standard could be applied to environmental claims in the Canadian marketplace, and assists industry and advertisers in complying with certain provisions of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, and the Textile Labelling Act. (PDF)

Difference Between Green & Sustainable
Qualified Remodeler article explains that a product may be green, but it is only sustainable if the company that makes and provides it has a sustainable operations plan.

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    8. Installation & Procedures

    Online Video On Home Energy Audit
    Fine Homebuilding online video shows the purposes, equipment, and procedures for conducting an energy audit of an existing home. They also offer many other videos, including Understanding Blower Door Tests.

    Free Energy Walk Through For Small Businesses From Power Smart & Live Smart BC
    Power Smart is rolling out LiveSmart BC complimentary energy walk-throughs of Victoria and Greater Vancouver small businesses. The quick – usually 30 to 60 minute – visit by an energy expert covers electricity and gas heating consumption and provides a mini-business case, education, and explanation of the Power Smart Product Incentive Program.

    9. Fuels & Transportation

    What Contractors Are Doing To Reduce Fuel Costs
    Journal of Light Construction discussion forum has contractors comments on what they are doing to reduce their fuel costs.

    2008 Canadian Vehicle Fuel Consumption Guide
    Natural Resources Canada 2008 Fuel Consumption Guide provides fuel consumption information about 2008 model year light-duty vehicles, including passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, large vans, special purpose vehicles (i.e. sport utility vehicles) and alternative fuel vehicles.

    Gasoline Fuel Consumption Calculator
    Natural Resources Canada free gasoline fuel consumption calculator provides a slide rule to calculate distance driven in kilometres, total number of litres of fuel consumed, litres per 100 kilometres, an estimate of annual CO2 emissions, and fuel cost.

    Diesel Fuel Consumption Calculator
    Natural Resources Canada offers a free diesel fuel consumption calculator for distance driven in kilometres, total number of litres of fuel consumed, litres per 100 kilometres, an estimate of annual CO2 emissions, and fuel cost.

    10. Information Sources

    Free BC Newsletter On Sustainable Energy
    BC Sustainable Energy Association free quarterly newsletter provides industry news, events, articles, and resources.

    Free Newsletter On Building Sustainable BC Communities
    Fresh Outlook Foundation inspires British Columbians to sustainable behaviors. Their free e-mail newsletter provides news, articles, resources, research updates, and more.

    Canadian Environmental Search Engine
    Canadian Green Search finds information from all levels of government, non-profit organizations, research institutions, academic institutions, international organizations, popular magazines & journals, major news outlets, publishers, blogs, and more.

    Industry Magazine On Green Building
    Journal of Green Building publication presents practical green building articles and peer-reviewed research for the architect, builder, engineer, and all related professionals of the built environment. Subscription required.

    11. Conferences & Shows

    Green Skyline Vancouver Tour Of Green Buildings
    Cascadia Region Green Building Council is hosting a Green Skyline Vancouver tour of green commercial and residential buildings.

    Canadian Solar Buildings Conference
    Canadian Solar Buildings Research Network & Solar Energy Society of Canada bring together top researchers from 10 Canadian Universities to develop the solar-optimized building of the 21st century.

    US Conference For Green Residential Buildings
    West Coast Green is an annual residential green building conference and expo featuring state-of-the-art resources, presentations, and opportunities for business development.

    12. Education & Training

    Canadian Guide To Sustainable Energy Training
    Clean Energy Classroom lists, with contact information, various Canadian schools and programs that offer courses in sustainable energy.

    Certified Built Green BC Builder
    Canadian Home Builders Association of BC outlines training and company requirements necessary to become a certified Built Green™ Builder.

    Workshops On Green Materials Selection Using Pharos Project
    Cascadia Region Green Building Council half-day workshops on green materials selection using Pharos Project cover its operating principles, performance metrics by which products are evaluated, and how these can be applied to the day-to-day selection and specification process.

    Vancouver Green Building Workshops For Homeowners
    Light House Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver offers three green building workshops for homeowners including Green Building 101 for Homes, Green Building 101 for Stratas and Co-operatives, and Green Building 201 for Homes.

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    13. Incentives, Financing & Programs

    LiveSmart BC Program Finances Energy Efficient Upgrading Of Existing Homes
    BC Hydro Power Smart describes how the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program offers an energy assessment and incentives package for British Columbians looking to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes.

    Canadian Government Incentives For Solar Energy
    Canadian Solar Industries Association provides a listing, organized by province, of government incentives available for solar & renewable energy.

    Power Smart High-Performance Building Program For Multi Family
    BC Hydro Power Smart High-Performance Building Program provides financial incentives, resources, and technical assistance to help developers of new commercial and multi-unit residential building projects. The program offers three solutions including Whole Building Design, Energy-Efficient Lighting Design, and In-Suite ENERGY STAR Package.

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