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Alert Notice #93
Green Building & Energy Efficiency


Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
February 10, 2014

Contents:

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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Here is another special BC Building Info issue on green building and energy efficieny.

The regular BC Building Info newsletter covering all industry topics will come your way in a few weeks as usual. Hope you find at least a wee bit of value here somewhere.

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Ken's Top Pick

Road To Net Zero
Canadian researcher and industry leader Rob Dumont presented this online slide show to the New Brunswick Home Builders Association. On the Road to Net Zero Energy Homes offers his rationale for building energy efficient homes, and describes the various Canadian projects that were built over the years, all leading to the current capabilities to building net zero. (PDF)

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

Technology Roadmap For Energy Efficient Building Envelopes
International Energy Agency online Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes establishes a strategy to transform how the world’s buildings are constructed and renovated.

2014 BC Engineers Position Paper On Climate Change
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC position paper Changing Climate in British Columbia: Evolving responsibilities for APEGBC and APEGBC Registrants, discusses climate change as it relates to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience. (PDF)

Energy Efficiency Potential In Alberta
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance report Energy Efficiency Potential in Alberta, estimates Albertans and Alberta businesses could save $1.5 billion each year, and the Alberta Government could meet half of its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target through implementing energy efficiency opportunities that are currently economic. (PDF)

Canada’s Sixth National Report On Climate Change 2014
Canada’s Sixth National Report on Climate Change summarizes actions to meet commitments under the United Nations framework convention on climate change. (Large PDF)

Mapping Path To Zero: Market Acceleration Action Plan
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition report Mapping the Path to Zero: Market Acceleration Action Plan, identifies five key areas of focus for market development, including Policy & the Grid, Driving Market Demand, Finance & Real Estate, Education & Collaboration, and Products & Technologies. (PDF)

2014 Getting To Zero Status Commercial Buildings Update
New Buildings Institute reports on 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update looks at the projects, policies and programs driving zero net energy performance in commercial buildings, examines the numbers, locations, types, ownership, and policy and program drivers for ZNE.

Predictions For Environment In 2014
Dovetail Partners, an environmental think tank, offers predictions about what to expect and what to watch for in 2014.

Predictions For Cleantech In 2014
Renewable Energy World provides some end-of-year thoughts about where they think the cleantech investment theme is going.

Pace Of Large Scale Solar Slowed To A Crawl
Los Angeles Times says the pace of large scale solar development has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled.

2. Business Management

Current Green Job Openings In Canada
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) member companies and organizations have submitted these job postings.

5 Green Marketing Strategies To Earn Consumer Trust
Green Biz describes five marketing strategies that help green businesses win their stakeholders' trust.

Developers Exceeding LEED Standards For Marketing Purposes
Building Design & Construction says using LEED certification as a marketing tool is perceived by developers to be a successful tool, and this has pushed them to go above the minimum requirements at each level of certification, according to a study in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.

Green Homeowners Do Not Have Buyer's Remorse
A new study commissioned by the US National Association of Home Builders says green homeowners are satisfied with their purchases.

Do Seniors Care If Their Building Is Green?
Multifamily Executive Magazine says certifications are often used as marketing tools and seniors aren’t concerned or drawn to green certifications.

Green Home Building Valued At $36 Billion, Expected To Double By 2016
EcoBuilding Pulse says a new study shows green homes accounted for 23 percent of the residential construction market last year and that number is only expected to grow.

The State Of Green Business 2014
Green Biz report The State of Green Business 2014 is their annual assessment of corporate sustainability trends and metrics. This year it paints a picture that is both optimistic and highly problematic, a perfect metaphor for the sector.

Paul Hawken Speaks On Biology Of Technology & Business
Green Biz online video with Paul Hawken speaks about the sharing economy and how people are moving away from accumulating to creating experiences with their lives.

3. Building Design & Trends

The Performance House, A Cold Climate Challenge Home
US Department of Energy Report The Performance House, A Cold Climate Challenge Home provides details of a high performance test home built on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adapt with the homeowners. The focus was on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation, and the technologies and strategies used were not cutting-edge, but simply best practices practiced. (PDF)

Low-Road Buildings Are Homeowner-Friendly
Green Building Advisor describes how cheap, temporary, improvised buildings are easy to reconfigure.

Kitchen Of The Future
TecHome Builder online video describes a kitchen of the future, a super-connected one that uses a countertop as a cooktop, with web windows and social media available at a swipe.

High Performance Manufactured Home Development
US Department of Energy Report Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program: High Performance Manufactured Home Prototyping and Construction Development explores technical feasibility of shell modifications, new wall assemblies with reduced thermal bridging, new roofline designs and insulation, HVAC, and DHW. (PDF)

Free Software For Buildings & Clean Energy Analysis
Natural Resources Canada offers a number of different free software programs for simulating building performance and renewable energy systems.

Modeling Goes Green
Constructech says technology companies continue to come to market with new solutions that are aimed specifically at helping the construction team model greener buildings.

Top Ten Smart Things to Do In Low-Energy Commercial Buildings
Building Science describes the top ten smart things to do in low-energy commercial and institutional buildings in cold climates.

ASHRAE GreenGuide: Design, Construction, Operation Of Sustainable Buildings
ASHRAE sells GreenGuide: Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings, for $103 USD. Using an integrated, building systems perspective, it gives you the need-to-know information on what to do, where to turn, what to suggest, and how to interact with other members of the design team in a productive way. Information is provided on each stage of the building process, from planning to operation and maintenance of a facility, with emphasis on teamwork and close coordination among interested parties.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Free Access To Canadian Energy Efficiency Standards
CSA Energy Efficiency Standards Portal provides No-Fee access to the suite of CSA Energy Efficiency Standards. It has links mapping Canadian Federal, Provincial Energy Efficiency Regulators and the respective CSA Standards referenced in legislation. CSA Energy Efficiency Standards are publicly available for use and reference to promote harmonized requirements between jurisdictions and internationally. Free site registration is required.

New CSA F300 Standard For Residential Depressurization
New CSA F300-13 - Residential depressurization standard describes methods for determining the level of depressurization and solutions to mitigate risk arising from depressurization. This standard applies to all existing single family dwelling units contained in detached, semi-detached and row houses, which have a combustion device within the house or have an attached garage. $75 CAD

2015 Changes To Energy Star Standard For Windows Doors Skylights
Natural Resources Canada describes the new 2015 Energy Star technical specification for residential windows, doors, and skylights sold in Canada.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Regulations & Standards
Natural Resources Canada provides information on Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations including a guide, regulation announcements, bulletins, importer's corner, FAQ and links, list of contacts, and energy efficiency reports.

Canada Green Building Council Taking Green Building To Next Level With LEED v4
The Canada Green Building Council has announced the availability of the next generation of the LEED rating system, LEED v4 in Canada.

4 Ways LEED v4 Will Change Business
Green Biz says few manufacturers like to consider a future in which answering these new LEED v4 questions is a basic requirement of market entry: what is the life cycle environmental impact of your product; where and how do you get your raw materials; what is in your product; is any of it hazardous?

New Data Standards Light Way To Greener Home Listings
Institute for Market Transformation says real estate markets require high-quality data to value homes intelligently, and real estate agents and appraisers are leery about sharing information that cannot be backed up by a third-party source. So it was welcome news when the Building Performance Institute published standards that target this complex problem.

EPA To Tighten Pollution Rules For Wood Heaters
Building Green says new EPA regulations will slash particulate emissions from woodstoves, wood hydronic heaters, pellet stoves, and masonry heaters.

Standard 55-2013-Thermal Environmental Conditions For Human Occupancy
ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy specifies the combinations of indoor space environment and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to 80% or more of the occupants within a space. $95 USD

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5. Building Science & Technology

Green Building Acronyms & Initials
Green Building Advisor lists 153 green building acronyms and initials that will help you decipher all those industry abbreviations.

6 Materials That Drain The Rain On The Plane
Energy Vanguard describes six materials that drain the rain on the plane and keep a house dry.

Using Interior Poly As an Air Barrier
Green Building Advisor says Alaskan builders still use a technique developed in the 1980s by Canadian superinsulation pioneers: the use of interior polyethylene as an air barrier.

What To Look For In Energy Efficient Furnace
US Residential Energy Services Network describes key things to look for when selecting and energy efficient furnace.

All About Furnaces & Duct Systems
Green Building Advisor describes the types of components and steps you need to take to create an efficient, high-performance forced-air heating system.

Mechanical & Renewable Energy Systems In High Performance Homes
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition report Mechanical and Renewable Energy Systems in High Performance Homes summarizes a survey that identified some of the needs for mechanical systems in next-generation low-energy homes, as well as potential research opportunities to address these challenges. (PDF)

Selection & Use Of Low Flow Showerheads
Whole Building Design Guide describes features, benefits and considerations for using low flow showerheads to conserve water and energy. (PDF)

Rethinking Big Water
Green Biz says many utilities' water supply managers believe they need to build new water supply infrastructure because they are using demand forecasts based upon historic use or tied to population growth, or don't forecast demand at all. Yet in some places water demand has either plateaued or declined even as population has expanded.

Sky Gardens Blog Describes Green Roof Of Week
Greenroofs site and Sky Gardens Blog describes various projects in their Green Roof Of Week articles.

6. Building Performance Issues

Why You Should Avoid Recessed Lights
Recessed lights can be an problem. A large, incredibly leaky problem.

Evaluation of Retrofit Variable-Speed Furnace Fan Motors
US Department of Energy report Evaluation of Retrofit Variable-Speed Furnace Fan Motors evaluated brushless, permanent magnet (BPM) replacement motors for residential furnaces. Results indicate that BPM replacement motors will be most cost effective in homes with right-sized HVAC equipment and proper ductwork. Additionally, more dramatic savings can be realized if the occupants use fan-only operation to circulate air when there is no thermal load. (PDF)

Performance Of 42-Home Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Community Project
Building Science report Performance Results for Massachusetts & Rhode Island Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) Pilot Community summarizes a DER pilot program of 42 projects. The required aggressive upgrades to building enclosure systems, implementation of ventilation and combustion safety measures and also provided incentives to upgrade mechanical systems. Post retrofit energy use data is analyzed with the objective of learning what post-retrofit energy performance one can expect from implementation of the retrofit package. (PDF)

Why Is This Wood Stove Misbehaving?
Green Building Advisor says a basement wood stove should provide inexpensive supplemental heat, but this homeowner is never sure when it will backdraft and smoke.

Low-E Storm Window Energy Performance Across US Climate Zones
US Department of Energy report Database of Low-e Storm Window Energy Performance across U.S. Climate Zones provides evaluation of energy savings and cost effectiveness of installing low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows over existing windows in residential homes across a broad range of U.S. climate zones. (PDF)

Best Practices For Reducing Flood Risk
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction paper Best Practices For Reducing Risk Of Future Damage To Homes From Riverine & Urban Flooding provides specific recommendations for rebuilding Calgary and other flood-affected Southern Alberta communities. It sets out 12 recommendations on actions the Government of Alberta can take to reduce the risk of flood damage to homes. (PDF)

Multifamily Heat Pump Water Heater Evaluation
US Department of Energy report Multifamily Heat Pump Water Heater Evaluation summarizes the monitored performance of a central HPWH installed on student apartments at the University of California. The system was monitored in detail over a 16-month period, and results were used to validate a TRNSYS simulation model. The validated model was then applied to six US climates to evaluate performance using local weather and utility rates. (PDF)

Multifamily Building Simulation Model
US Oak Ridge National Laboratory paper Development and Evaluation of Flexible, Multizone Multifamily Building Simulation Model describes detailed procedure of evaluation of the tool to perform an energy analysis in an existing multifamily building. (PDF)

Motivating Policy, Tell Public How Much Energy Your Building Uses
Carbon Talks describes the experience of building energy use benchmarking from south of the border, and the legislative issues which may impact its use here.

7. Products & Suppliers

Compare Product Models Energy Efficiency
NRCan online searchable product model listings allow you to compare the energy efficiency of different models. Products are identified as Energy Star qualified and/or regulated in Canada under the Energy Efficiency Regulations. Many products can carry an EnerGuide label, used by consumers to compare energy efficiency.

History Of The Light Bulb
US Department of Energy provides description on the evolution of light bulbs, from incandescent to fluorescents to LEDs.

7 Eco-Friendly Luminaires
Eco Building describes seven eco-friendly luminaires that address the illumination requirements of applications ranging from expansive, open-plan offices to small apartments, including a sleek task lamp with integrated motion and daylight sensors, LED downlights, and a biodegradable composite that can be molded into design pieces such as lampshades.

Energy Efficiency Of Electronics Products
Natural Resources Canada provides information on energy efficiency of electronics, including audio/video products, industrial battery chargers, external power supplies, set-top boxes, cordless telephones, answering machines, and televisions.

Seven New Technologies From 2014 World Of Concrete
Eco Building describes seven technologies from the 2014 World of Concrete show that challenge the notion that the construction industry is reticent to change and sustainability.

Thermostats & Their Role In Energy Demand
Earth Techling says thermostats are used to control central heating equipment in 85% of US households, and less than half of those thermostats are programmable. For households with central cooling equipment, 60% have a central thermostat and about half of those are programmable.

A Case For Thermostat User Models
Fraunhofer study A Case For Thermostat User Models says there is a need to improve thermostat assumptions and update models with more realistic schedules. Free site registration required.

International Development Of Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling Programs
US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report International Review of the Development and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Programs compares some of the earliest and most well-developed standards and labeling L programs in three countries and one region: the U.S. MEPS and ENERGY STAR, Australia MEPS and Energy Label, European Union MEPS and Ecodesign requirements and Energy Label and Japanese Top Runner programs. (PDF)

Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, Solutions
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, and Solutions estimates that the annual energy cost savings of intelligent efficiency technologies for the commercial and manufacturing sectors could exceed $50 billion.

US Building Automation Market Primed For Growth
IMS Research says the US market for building automation equipment is set to grow by more than 40 percent within a five-year period ending in 2017, spurred by the need in commercial buildings for more efficient energy consumption.

Water Heater On Cutting-Edge Of Demand Response
Utility Dive describes how simple household water heaters help utilities dynamically manage load.

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8. Installation & Procedures

Taped Insulating Sheathing Drainage Planes
Building America Solution Center describes how to install taped insulating sheathing to serve as the drainage plane for the wall system, and integrate all wall system flashing with the insulating sheathing drainage plane.

Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing
US Department of Energy report Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing is intended to help develop a better understanding of the system mechanics involved and the potential for environmental exposure induced movement between the furring strip and the framing. (PDF)

Canned Spray Foam Tip
Green Building Advisor describes how misting water before using canned spray foam can make a significant difference, and can double the yield from a can of spray foam.

Top 5 Salvageable Materials
Buildipedia says demolition asset recovery is a sought-after service these days, and lists the five at the top of the list that offer high resale value.

Reusing Salvaged Brick
Journal of Light Construction says not all bricks are alike, and describes what you need to know when thinking about reusing salvaged brick.

Evaluating EIFS For Deep Energy Retrofits
US Department of Energy report Evaluating an Exterior Insulation and Finish System for Deep Energy Retrofits provides a case study of a deep energy retrofit using a site-applied exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS). Prefabricated EIFS panels are also discussed as a potential wall insulation retrofit solution. (PDF)

Perform Extended Post Purge On High Efficiency Furnaces
David R describes why extended purge cycles should be used for clearing unwanted residuals from the equipment and venting system of 80% and 90% efficient gas fired equipment.

Should Occupants Have Control of Their Home Ventilation System?
Green Building Advisor says some installers make mechanical ventilation difficult for occupants to override, but is that the right approach?

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

District Heating
Green Building Advisor says in Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, many urban neighborhoods are served by central plants that distribute hot water or steam to individual buildings.

Energy Storage
TecHome Builder article says as battery technology improves, houses will be able to produce and store their own electricity.

Power Storage In Flywheels
Green Building Advisor describes how a utility-scale flywheel power storage is becoming a reality at a new facility in Pennsylvania.

Opower & BGE Pioneering Behavioral Demand Response
Utility Dive describes how the Baltimore Gas & Electric peak rebate program, open to all residential customers with smart meters, has seen a 82% participation rate.

Utility Of The Future
Energy Efficiency Markets discusses how utilities will evolve in a world where loads are declining, distributed generation is decreasing in price and increasing in volume, and capital costs for new infrastructure are escalating rapidly.

Smart Energy Communities
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow describes how, by turning our communities into smart energy communities, we can improve energy efficiency, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?
Renewable Energy World article says researchers are in the process of developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide underground, and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation.

No Evidence Of Residential Property Impacts Near Wind Turbines
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyzed more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities (with over 1,500 within a mile of operating turbines) in densely populated Massachusetts, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.

10. Information Sources

BC Green Building Market Update
BC Construction Association provides information about green building in BC including topics on training and education, technology, reports and studies, innovation, and upcoming events.

Presentations From 2013 BC Building SustainABLE Communities Conference
Fresh Outlook Foundation provides access to speakers presentations from their 2013 Building SustainABLE Communities conference.

BC Environmental Jobs & Careers Listings
BC Environmental Industries Association posts jobs and careers information.

Canadian Renovator's Green Guide
CMHC online Renovator's Green Guide describes many different measures renovators can use to green common renovation projects. Sections include Introduction, House as a System, Planning a Green Renovation, Communicating with Clients About Green Renovation, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements, Attics, Additions, Mechanical system upgrades, Decks and patios, and Healthy Housing Themes and Indicators.

Fact Sheets On Renovating Different Homes For Energy Savings
CMHC online fact sheets offer renovating energy-saving options for various house models and ages including Duplexes & Triplexes, Homes with Walkout Basements, Mobile Homes, Common Additions, Post-1960s Two-Storey Homes, Pre-World War II Houses, Row Houses, Split Entry Homes, and Split-Level Homes.

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow is a national non-profit organization actively working to make Canada a leader in the design, development and implementation of Integrated Community Energy Solutions.

Online Videos On Green Building & Design
EcoBuilding online videos cover a range of green building projects and topics.

Recommended Reading On Green Building
Canada Green Building Council lists various readings on green building topics.

Building America Climate-Specific Guidance
Building America online Best Practices guides and case studies demonstrate real world solutions for improving the energy performance and quality of new and existing homes in five major climate regions.

11. Conferences & Shows

First Nations Northern Housing Conference 2014
The 2014 First Nations Northern Housing Conference for Northern First Nations housing professionals will take place on February 11-13 in Thunder Bay. It brings community leaders and housing professionals together to meet suppliers, attend leading edge workshops, and collaborate with their fellow professionals in other First Nations Communities.

Global Conference On Business & Environment In Vancouver
GLOBE 2014, held in Vancouver March 26-28, is dedicated to the business of the environment. It offers three days of sessions presented by sustainability experts, displays of environmental innovations, and global networking opportunities.

ZERO 2014: Conference For Low Carbon Future
The Zero 2014 conference, held in Edmonton April 15-17, will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean technology leaders from around the world.

Living Future unConference 2014
Living Future unConference 2014 will be held in Portland, May 21-23. Living Future attracts decision makers from some of the world's most respected architecture, engineering and contracting firms. This year it will explore how beauty and inspiration can transform our movement and ourselves.

2014 Canadian Green Building Conference
Canada Green Building Council 2014 national conference and expo will be held in Toronto June 2-4. Titled Building Lasting Change 2014, it will explore the value of green through the lens of sustainable building, real estate and neighbourhood development.

12. Education & Training

Webinar On Life Cycle Valuation, Finding Hidden Value
Canada Green Building Council webinar Life Cycle Valuation: Finding The Hidden Value, scheduled to be held on February 18th, will address the fundamental principles of life cycle value related to sustainable development.

BC Study Results On Quality Installation For Furnaces
On February 20th Ecolighten will be presenting the results of the Quality Installation Study for Furnaces that they completed in collaboration with FortisBC and other industry stakeholders.

Professional Practice Lessons From Christchurch Earthquake
Structural Engineers Association of BC seminar Professional Practice Lessons From The Christchurch Earthquake will be held in Vancouver on February 24th. It summarizes the impact of earthquakes on buildings and key lessons learnt from three perspectives; Technical lessons for structural design engineers; Practice lessons for small and large building design consultancies; and, Lessons for the engineering profession in BC. (PDF)

Towards Net-Zero Energy Solar Buildings
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition webinar Towards Net-Zero Energy Solar Buildings: A Review of Current Definitions, a Definition Framework, and Solution Sets for Market Uptake which will be held February 25th. It will cover a review of current definitions, a definition framework, and solution sets for market uptake.

BC Technical Conference On Windows & Doors
Fenestration Association of BC is holding their first annual technical meeting on February 26th in Surrey. This years program will include presentations and discussions on: Window and Door Installation, new construction and replacement; NAFS and Part 9 buildings; NAFS and Part 3 buildings; Safety Glass; NECB Update and NFRC CMA Program.

Your Company's Carbon Footprint: What It Is & Why It Matters
Vancouver Regional Construction Association seminar Your Company's Carbon Footprint-What It Is and Why It Matters will be held in Vancouver on March 18th. It will give small to medium sized business participants an introduction to measuring, tracking and reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions with the aim to reduce operating costs and build brand value in an area of strategic importance.

Free Online Course On Climate Change Mitigation
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions free online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change. Course modules include Lesson 1: Mitigation Needs & Actions, and Lessons 2 & 3: Government Tools & Initiatives Part I & Part 2. (PDF)

Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List
Building Performance Institute online Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List describes the items that a Certified Building Analyst must know to have command of the latest best practices in whole house energy audits. (PDF)

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13. Costs & Savings

Cost Optimization Study Of Improving Energy Efficiency Of Homes In Canada
Net Zero Energy Home report Path to Net-Zero Energy Homes: Cost Optimization Study of Progressively Improving Energy Efficiency of Homes in Canada documents the uniform framework for developing specifications in different regions, with specific emphasis on methods used for the energy analysis, housing archetypes, HVAC systems and incremental cost impacts. Energy efficiency targets included 25%, 50%, 75% and net-zero (100%) better than current code requirements. (PDF)

Baselines For Residential Radiant Heat Efficiency In Canada
Radiant & Hydronics magazine says Beautiful Heat, Canada’s not-for-profit association dedicated to educating Canadians about the option of residential radiant heat, recently engaged ICF Marbek to complete an Energy and Comfort Study, measuring energy consumption of radiant heat vs. forced-air systems. Based on the results from energy simulations of different home types in six regions of Canada, annual energy savings of up to 18% could be realized with radiant heat.

Long Payback For Triple-Pane Windows
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says highly insulating triple-pane windows are effective at maintaining indoor comfort, but it takes two decades or more for the windows to pay off financially based on utility-bill savings.

Can 10 US Cities Make Dent In Energy Efficiency Universe?
Energy Efficiency Markets says ten big US cities have joined forces to find $1 billion in annual energy savings and to transform energy efficiency markets.

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

Canadian SolarShare Hits The Big Time
Corporate Knights says with $3 million raised thus far, the Ontario co-operative SolarShare is demonstrating the growing power of community bonds.

Green Lease Leader Recognition Program
Institute for Market Transformation and US Department of Energy developed the Green Lease Leader recognition program to recognize firms and brokers that are successfully introducing green lease language into their new or existing leases to save energy in buildings.

Never-Ending Solar Lease
Since the launch of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program in 2009, most property managers in charge of commercial-scale properties located within Ontario have been approached by solar power project developers seeking to acquire rooftop access rights for the development of solar projects under the FIT program. As a result, a wide array of suboptimal and nonsensical leasing arrangements have been entered into across the Province. The most interesting and concerning of these arrangements are what we call the Never-Ending Leases.

States Forge ahead With On-Bill Repayment For Clean Energy
Energy Efficiency Markets says many new developments have taken place in the area of on-bill repayment for clean energy.

Investor Confidence Project For Energy Efficiency Projects
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) is enabling a market for investor ready energy efficiency projects, by reducing transaction costs and engineering overhead, while also increasing the reliability and consistency of savings.

How Simple Energy Gamified Energy Efficiency
As consumers take action and save energy, they earn points in the game. As they save more energy, they earn more points and do better in the game. So, in 2013, Simple Energy launched a new component to the platform, which they call Energy Rewards. Customers can take their points and redeem them for discounts on goods and services.

Community-Based Energy Efficiency Programs, What Worked, What Didn't?
Energy Efficiency Markets lists important lessons learned from the rollout of community-based energy efficiency programs.


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