Alert Notice #96
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
April 16, 2014


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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BC Standards Of Practice Guide For Air Sealing & Insulation Retrofit
The BC Standards Of Practice Guide For Air Sealing & Insulation Retrofit was produced by RDH Building Engineering to assist industry in residential energy retrofits by providing them with this summary of industry best practices. (PDF)

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

BC Roundtable Attempts To Balance Economy & Environment
Journal of Commerce says the BC government has established a roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector to discuss ways to balance economic development with environmental protection.

Top 10 Green Building Processes For 2014
Plumbing & Mechanical magazine, based on the recent Greenbuild International Conference, says we should expect to see these 10 top trends in 2014.

How Satisfied Are Owners Of NGBS Green Certified Homes?
US National Association of Homebuilders conducted a study of 187 individuals who purchased or built an NGBS Green Certified home within the last three years. The survey results provide useful insight into homeowners’ overall satisfaction, decision-making, valued home features, and areas where additional communication/education was needed from builders and sales agents.

Home Buyers Consider Sustainable Features To Be Very Important
EcoBuilding says according to a recent report from the US National Association of Realtors, when home buyers are shopping around for a new home they are looking for sustainable features.

Energy Efficiency Is A Priority For CCA
Journal of Commerce says the Canadian Construction Association has agreed to continue to support the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's efforts which include trying to change depreciation rates for energy efficient heating, cooling, lighting and insulation systems.

What Green's Really Worth
Building Performance Podcast with Appraisal Institute green valuation expert discusses greening the MLS, swimming pool ROI, and the future of appraiser apprenticeship.

2014 Q1 Sees Strong Growth For LEED Registrations In Canada
Canada Green Building Council says the new year started off strong for Canadian LEED projects with 140 new certifications as of March 31, 2014.

Net Zero Buildings Declared One Of 2014 Five Trends To Watch
Living Future says clean-tech research and consulting firm CleanEdge flagged net-zero energy buildings as one of its Trends to Watch in 2014.

2. Business Management

Managing Risks For Sustainable Building Contractors
For Construction Pros says fewer experienced subcontractors, fewer materials suppliers and more legal ambiguities make the market different from conventional contracting.

20 Business Models For Sustainability
SustainAbility report 20 Business Models For Sustainability explores the role and practice of business model innovation in the context of sustainability. It breaks down innovative models, trying to better understand their origins, mechanics and implications. It hopes to induce more focused conversation about business model innovation, delving deeper into how such innovation comes about.

Market Adoption Of Heat Pump Water Heaters
Plumbing Engineer magazine says with water heating being the second largest contributor to home energy bills, heat pump water heaters are quickly touted as transformational in an industry not particularly noted for break-neck innovation. While the product shows promise innovation, market adoption rates have been less exhilarating.

Windows & Building Envelope Research & Development Roadmap
US Department of Energy report Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development: Roadmap for Emerging Technologies describes the technical and market challenges to be overcome, R&D activities and milestones, key stakeholders, and potential energy savings that could result if cost and performance targets are met. (PDF)

Homeowner Decision Making & Behavior Relating To Deep Home Retrofits
US Department of Energy study Homeowner Decision Making and Behavior Relating to Deep Home Retrofits researched what affects homeowners’ decisions, what homeowners experience throughout what might be termed the retrofitting lifecycle, and what homeowners recommend for other homeowners, contractors, utilities and government agencies. (PDF)

Give Up Using High-Performance Home Term
Energy Vanguard says a marketing firm that focuses on sustainability and energy efficiency sectors says we must stop using the term High Performance Home unless we’re going to really make the effort (i.e., support with marketing dollars) to make it meaningful to consumers.

How To Calculate & Present Deep Retrofit Value
Rocky Mountain Institute online How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value is meant to help building professionals make a compelling business case in the earliest stages of design, while the project scope is being determined. The report presents a framework for calculating the quantifiable benefits from deep energy retrofits that bring increased value to a company, and provides presentation tips to help score larger investments for more extensive projects. Free registration required.

Study Says REITs More Strategic About Sustainability
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts says REITs are starting to target their sustainability investments more strategically to boost energy savings and maximize returns, according to an analysis of sustainability data completed by Real Foundations.

3. Building Design & Trends

2014 Passive House Award Finalists
Custom Home Magazine displays the 2014 Passive House Award finalists.

Green Principles For Residential Design
Whole Building Design Guide describes green principles for residential design including introduction, description, application, emerging issues, and additional resources.

A Passive Solar Home From 1980s
Green Building Advisor shows how today’s passive solar design principles are quite similar to the principles preached in the early 1980s.

Simplified Space Conditioning In Low-Load Homes
US Department Of Energy report Simplified Space Conditioning In Low-Load Homes sought to determine cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions for heating and cooling houses. (PDF)

Prioritizing Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency gives description of how to Prioritize energy efficiency upgrades of a home.

Details For Foam-Free Superinsulated Construction
Journal of Light Construction provides a few of the details being developed for Passive House construction by New York-based 475 High Performance Building Materials. These details rely on advanced materials imported from Europe by 475.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Provincial Summary Of HVAC & Plumbing Recycling & Stewardship Activities
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating and Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute have been involved in recycling activities of plumbing and heating products that have been regulated under Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations across Canada. They provide a summary here.

BC Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes Adopted
BC Safety Authority bulletin announces new boiler and pressure vessel codes and amendments that have been adopted. (PDF)

Mandated Energy & Water Use Tracking Likely For Toronto
Property Biz Canada says following the lead of major US cities such as New York and Chicago, Toronto has begun the process of implementing a city-wide scheme to measure the consumption of energy and water in office and multi-residential buildings.

Thermal Barriers & Ignition Barrier Codes For Spray Foam
Green Building Advisor says US building codes usually require spray foam insulation to be protected with a layer of drywall or a comparable barrier for fire safety, but not always.

NAHB, ASHRAE, ICC To Develop New US National Green Building Standard
US National Association of Home Builders, building science society ASHRAE and the International Code Council, developers of the ICC Family of Codes for the built environment, today agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the ICC/ASHRAE 700 US National Green Building Standard.

PV Racking Criteria For Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems
National Roofing Contractors Association Center PV Taskforce is releasing the first public draft of PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Asphalt Shingle Roof System Integration for an initial round of public comment.

US Standard For Calculation & Labeling Using HERS Index
RESNET ANSI online Standard for the Calculation and Labeling of the Energy Performance of Low-Rise Residential Buildings using the HERS Index covers both new and existing home energy performance, including procedures for calculating ratings, estimating energy savings, and labeling the energy performance of homes. The provisions specify the standard operating conditions to be used in the analysis, the minimum features that must be considered in the analysis, the methods for calculating energy and pollution saving in new homes and existing home retrofits and the procedures to be used to calculate economic cost effectiveness. (PDF)

US Industry Proposes Innovative Method For Implementing Green Construction Code
Under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences a group of buildings industry professionals have developed a new approach to meeting energy-efficiency requirements. The group submitted an "Outcome-based Pathway" as a proposed code change to the International Green Construction Code. The Pathway's outcome-based approach focuses specifically on the actual energy used in the building.

New California Energy Code Requires Buildings To Be Ready For Demand Response
Building Design & Constructions says California Title 24 energy code requires thermostats, HVAC systems, networked lighting controllers, and building automation systems to be ready for two-way communication that can respond to utility companies' demand management instructions.

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5. Building Science & Technology

Online Video On Building Smart With Energy Efficiency
BC Building Envelope Council online video of their Building Smart With Energy Efficiency workshop focuses on energy efficiency in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders provided insights into key issues, including insulation strategies, high performance walls and energy-efficiency code requirements, and examined some of the challenges and options being explored in multi-unit residential and institutional buildings.

Cool Hand Luke Meets Attics, Conditioned Or Unconditioned
Building Science says when we move insulation to the underside of a roof deck the space below the insulation is now within the conditioned space. This has all kinds of implications…some good…some not so good. The bad implications are that we can accumulate moisture in the attic and attic assemblies if we don’t have a means of removing the moisture.

Saving Water, Saving Energy
Green Building Advisor describes how saving energy isn’t only about using less electricity and fuel, but it’s also about saving water.

All About Washing Machines
Green Building Advisor says the best clothes washers save water and energy compared to older models, but most of the energy used for laundry is gobbled up by your clothes dryer.

Guide For Homeowners On Collecting & Using Rainwater At Home
CMHC online report Collecting and Using Rainwater at Home: A Guide for Homeowners describes features and benefits of rainwater harvesting as well as considerations for systems design and installation. (PDF)

Water Reuse Trends, Barriers, Future
Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning magazine says as water becomes more scarce and costly to treat and pump, it will become more important to reuse as much of the water within a building as possible. There are many different sources of water that can be reused, and many different possible uses for this recycled water.

Should You Insulate Cold Water Pipes?
Green Building Advisor says pipe insulation reduces the chance of frozen pipes in cold climates and eliminates condensation in all climates.

Spray Foam Exterior Insulation With Stand-Off Furring
US Department of Energy report Spray Foam Exterior Insulation with Stand-Off Furring summarizes a variation of a commercial curtain wall assembly for residential construction as part of a comprehensive whole-house deep energy retrofit package. The advantages of this strategy include minimizing the physical connections to each individual existing wall stud, using closed cell spray foam to encapsulate existing siding materials including lead paint, and creating a vented rain screen assembly to promote drying. (PDF)

6. Building Performance Issues

Residential Commissioning
Green Building Advisor says it's usually the general contractor who has to verify that all of the specified work has been completed by several subcontractors in a new home.

ICFs Have High Resistance To Air & Water Infiltration
Journal of Commerce says a report for BC Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) and the BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (BCRMCA) shows that ICF cores exhibited a very high resistance to both air and water infiltration.

Are We Off Track With Combustion Safety Testing?
Energy Vanguard says that testing for draft and for CO are good tests and we should still do them, but perhaps we should question the effectiveness of the worst-case depressurization test, especially without accounting for variability due to weather and the total risk.

Effective Combustion Safety & Efficiency Testing
Energy Vanguard article by John Krigger describes his views of effective combustion safety and efficiency testing.

Air Handler Leakage Testing
Building Science report Air Handler Leakage Testing says the overall duct system tightness is limited by leakage at the air handler. (PDF)

Resources On Window Shade Performance
Building Green describes four new or emerging resources that paint a more complete picture for assessing thermal performance of window attachments, or coverings.

Diverting Organic Waste From Landfills Is An Opportunity For Plumbers
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine says with better education and outreach to consumers, additional use of food waste disposers can be a win for both plumbers and the environment.

Empowering Urban Energy Efficiency With Aerial Views
HEAT (Heat Energy Assessment Technologies) is a University of Calgary research project on urban energy efficiency. This free GeoWeb service is designed to help residents improve their home energy efficiency, save their money, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by finding their HEAT Score, Hot Spots and visualizing the amount and location of waste heat leaving their homes and communities, as easily as clicking on their house in Google Maps.

7. Products & Suppliers

Six Green Products For Contented Clients
EcoBuilding Pulse describes six green products with good design and eco-friendly features that set these finishes, fixtures, and other building materials apart from the rest.

5 Uncompromising Water Saving Systems
TecHome Builder describes five systems to get water savings from bathroom fixtures, dishwashers, rainwater filtering and smart irrigation.

Online Technology Performance Exchange
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory online tool gives manufacturer and third-party data to consumers and the trade for products in 17 categories from lighting to photovoltaics and to HVAC.

Bamboo Products & Their Environmental Impacts Revisited
Dovetail report Bamboo Products and their Environmental Impacts Revisited cover bamboo products and environmental impacts associated with their production and use. It also provides updated information regarding availability of certified bamboo products and their performance.

Mineral Wool Insulation Isn’t Like Fiberglass
Green Building Advisor blog article describes feature, benefits, issues and considerations for mineral wool insulation.

LEED Points & Solar Heating Systems
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine says the potential for energy savings and LEED points is significant for solar heating combisystems.

Energy Savings Enters The Cool Zone
TecHome Builder describes some energy-efficient appliances, products and systems that offer compelling features and energy-saving benefits for homeowners.

Canadian Sustainable Building Products
EcoSpex is a Canadian online platform for verification, documentation, specification and knowledge of sustainable construction materials.

BC Online Supplier Of Green Products
Kambo Green is a BC company offering online sales of green and energy efficient products, along with professional guidance to help inform you of energy-saving options available.

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8. Installation & Procedures

Use Of Wood Structural Panels For Energy-Heel Trusses
Engineered Wood Association system report Use of Wood Structural Panels for Energy-Heel Trusses outlines an efficient, cost-effective construction solution for meeting the lateral and wind uplift load requirements of the IRC using wood structural panels with raised-heel, or energy-heel, trusses. Free site registration required.

Above Deck Rigid Foam Insulation For Existing Roofs
Building America Solution Center describes how to install insulating sheathing above the roof deck on existing homes. This retrofit assembly is appropriate for homes with conditioned attics or where the retrofit is intended to create a conditioned attic.

Install Exterior Storm Windows With Low-E Coating
US Department of Energy says storm window installation is one of the most cost-effective solutions for upgrading energy inefficient existing windows. In fact, low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows can lower your utility bill just as much as replacing an entire window.

Fixing A Leaky Log Home
Green Building Advisor describes why log homes pose unique challenges for air sealing and insulation.

Re-Thinking Solar Heat Storage In Water Tanks
Plumbing Engineer describes two systems, identical in many ways, but with different plumbing details for the solar collectors and solar heat storage tanks. When properly controlled, both systems will function reliably. But, one system will outperform the other significantly in solar heat contribution.

Startup & Commissioning Of Solar Hydronic Combisystems
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor column gives description of the startup and commissioning of solar hydronic combisystems.

Solar Water Heating System Maintenance & Repair
US Department of Energy describes how to maintain your solar water heater, and prevent scaling, corrosion, and freezing.

Airtightness Testing In Large Buildings
Building Science digest Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings reviews why one would invest in airtightness testing for a large building, how the testing is done, how the results are interpreted, and how this information can be used.

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

The Future Of Solar PV In BC
BC Sustainable Energy Association online video The Future of Solar PV in BC is from their webinar that discusses the current status of solar PV, and its future in British Columbia.

BCUC Reaches Decision On Regulatory Framework For TES
British Columbia Utilities Commission released its decision on the creation of Order G-231-13, a new regulatory framework for Thermal Environmental Systems (TES). One of key points within the framework is to make any system less than $15 million in size, but larger than a value yet to be determined, exempt from economic regulation and specific sections of the Utilities Commission Act.

Canadian Fuel Prices
Natural Resources Canada provides information on fuel prices and markets.

Solar Heat: Clean Energy Solutions For Canada
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) report Solar Heat, Sustainable Future: Clean Energy Solutions for Canada presents an overview of the Canadian solar thermal market activity from 2000 to 2011. (PDF)

Passing The Baton, The Clean Energy Economy Is Ready
BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) report Passing the Baton: The Clean Energy Economy is Ready offers evidence that scientists and engineers are successfully improving clean energy technologies, prices are falling, consumers are buying, and investors are pouring money into a clean energy future. (PDF)

Technology Roadmap To 2050 For Solar Heating & Cooling
International Energy Agency report provides a technology roadmap to 2050 for solar heating and cooling technologies. (PDF)

Electricity Markets Out Of Balance: The Germany Experience
US State & Local Energy Report says although German developments in electricity markets are, by no means, unique in Europe, they do provide a cautionary tale of the negative consequences that short-sighted energy policies and over-subsidized resources have on electric systems.

Microgrid Resources Coalition
Microgrid Resources Coalition is an association of microgrid owners, operators, developers, suppliers and investors The purpose of the MRC is to advance microgrids as energy resources, and to promote widespread implementation of microgrids through advocacy for laws, regulations and tariffs that support their access to market, compensate them for their services, and provide a level playfield for their deployment and operations.

10. Information Sources

International Building Performance Simulation Association Of BC
International Building Performance Simulation Association of BC is the local chapter of a non-profit international society of building performance simulation researchers, developers and practitioners, dedicated to improving the built environment. Membership in the BC Chapter is free.

First Quarter 2014 Newsletter On Built Green Canada
Built Green Canada online Q1 2014 newsletter provides key updates, including our first Saskatchewan-based builder, verifications, training, a builder feature, and product catalogue connections. (PDF)

Purchasable Review Of High R-Value Wood Walls With Advanced Insulation Techniques
Science Direct sells a review of high R-value wood framed and composite wood wall technologies using advanced insulation techniques. The main objective of this study is to indentify advanced wall frame assemblies applicable for residential and small commercial buildings, that have or could reach R-values larger than RSI–3.5 m2 K/W (U-value lower from 0.29). $36 USD

US Resource Site On Green Architecture
American Institute of Architects resource site on green and sustainable building has consumer and industry information, news, and resources.

Sustainable Landscaping Design Guides & Resources
American Society of Landscape Architects offers information and resources on sustainable design within the landscaping topics of Public Health & Landscape Architecture, Community Design, Residential Design, and Sustainability Toolkit.

Renewable Energy Project Resource Center
Energypedia online Renewable Energy Project Resource Center offers project-relevant renewable energy documents to the global energy community. It includes sample Terms of Reference, examples of Economic and Financial Analysis, sample Procurement Documents, Case Studies with analysis of success factors and lessons learned, and more.

Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition On Water Efficiency
Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition is an industry collaborative formed to advance plumbing research initiatives pertaining to water efficiency. The four initial research projects include: Drainline Carry Research on High-Efficiency Toilets; Water Re-use Systems and Safe Application for Re-use Water; Non-water Consuming Urinals; Sizing of Water Efficient Plumbing Systems.

US Electric & Gas Industries Association
Electric and Gas Industries Association is a US national non-profit energy efficiency and renewable energy contractor association. It serves a network of installation contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to homes and businesses.

A Look At Some Environmental Indicators
BC Business Council February 2014 bulletin on environment & energy A Look At Some Environmental Indicators, describes various indicators. It says that overcoming the challenges requires addressing measurement gaps, improving data availability, communicating properly with non-scientists, sharing information, and accepting that there will sometimes be areas of uncertainty that should lead to dialogue rather than confrontation. (PDF)

11. Conferences & Shows

Vancouver Electric Vehicle Fair
BC Sustainable Energy Association and Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association is hosting a celebration of electric vehicles in Vancouver on April 24th.

2014 Canadian Housing Renewal Congress
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association annual National Congress on Housing & Homelessness will be held in Edmonton, April 29th to May 2nd. It draws a diverse group of delegates from those who collectively house and shelter hundreds of thousands of Canadians and provide housing support to many more.

Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium
Canadian Green Building Council, Alberta Chapter, presents the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium in Calgary on May 6th.

Newbuilds Canada: 2014 Tall Wood Building Design Workshop & Conference
NEWBuildS Workshop 2014 will be held May 7-8 in Vancouver. It will include a special session titled Tall Wood Building Design Workshop in which a 20-storey wood-hybrid building design project will be discussed. There are keynote speakers from Germany and the US. Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required.

CanSIA Solar Ontario 2014 Conference & Tradeshow
Canadian Solar Industries Association presents its Ontario regional conference Solar Ontario 2014. It is Ontario's largest and most influential solar industry event, taking place in Ottawa, May 7-8.

12. Education & Training

New Canadian LEED 15 CE Hour Online Course
Canada Green Building Council new 15 CE hour online course package provides self-directed learning, allowing individuals with a LEED Green Associate credential to meet all credential maintenance requirements.

Delivering Legendary Customer Service
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association seminar Delivering Legendary Customer Service will be held in Burnaby on April 30th. It covers the pillars of customer service excellence, needs and expectations of your customers, and how to create systems that ensure consistent delivery of a quality customer service experience.

Supervisory & Management Skills
Vancouver Regional Construction Association course Supervisory and Management Skills (Gold Seal Certified) will be held in Vancouver May 8-9. Participants will improve their skills in leadership, management and supervision of staff, and learn skills to enhance their ability to build a collaborative team culture with their staff and on job sites.

The Building Envelope IS The HVAC System
British Columbia Building Envelope Council luncheon seminar The Building Envelope IS the HVAC System will be held in Vancouver on May 15th. This presentation will outline some common pitfalls and ways to avoid them without incurring premium costs, which can lead to large reductions in building HVAC system energy use and increased indoor comfort. An overview of window and glazing design issues along with opaque wall thermal performance issues will be presented, from a Building Services Engineers' point of view.

Gas Tech Talk On Plastic Venting In Whistler
BC Safety Authority presents a Gas Tech Talk on Plastic Venting, held in Whistler on May 15th.

Free Webinar On HVAC System, Energy & Exergy Efficiency, IAQ, Thermal Comfort
Robert Bean free webinar on May 27th covers the relationship between HVAC system types and energy and exergy efficiency, entropy, thermal efficacy, IAQ and thermal comfort.

BC Seminar On Fenestration Field Testing, Lab Testing & Product Certification
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC seminar Fenestration Testing: Field Testing, Lab Testing & Product Certification will be held in Vancouver on May 28th. Building enclosure engineers and others involved with fenestration testing for buildings will be interested in this seminar on testing methods and product certification for products rated to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS).

Online Course On Built Green Program Fundamentals
Built Green Canada online course Built Green Program Fundamentals focuses on the fundamental aspects of the program to orient participants on how to work with Built Green; introduce them to the administrative and technical requirements; prepare them to successfully navigate Built Green’s quality assurance processes; and offer them resources to help them be successful at building Built Green homes.



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13. Costs & Savings

Green Building Takes Wind Out Of Strong Storms
Environmental Leader says the insurance industry is putting money on the line to back up its statistically driven preference for green construction. Some companies have begun to offer lower-premium policies for new green construction or renovation in homes, while the same ideas are taking root commercial-building insurance.

How To Help Appraisers Fairly Value Home Energy Efficiency Improvements
NAHB Home Innovation Research Labs says nothing works in the appraisal process unless high performance homes are consistently documented.

Heat-Pump Water Heaters In Cold Climates
Green Building Advisor says heat-pump water heaters save energy on a year-round basis, but during the winter the energy savings will drop.

White Roofs Are Better Than Dark Or Green Vegetated Roofs
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports that compared to traditional dark-colored roofs and green or vegetated roofs, white roofs offer greater ability to lower temperatures that lead to the urban heat island effect, and they do it at less cost.

ASHRAE Standard To Compare Building Energy Performance
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, supports commonality in reporting the energy performance of existing or proposed buildings to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing and comparing the energy performance of buildings.

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

$800 BC Rebate For Replacing Old Gas Furnace Or Boiler
TECA describes how FortisBC customers may be eligible for an $800 rebate when they replace an old natural gas furnace or boiler with an eligible Energy Star or equivalent model. (PDF)

LiveSmart BC Program Transitioning To Utilities
BC Government says LiveSmart BC, which ended March 31st, is working with BC Hydro and FortisBC as they jointly develop utility-funded energy conservation programs to continue to help homeowners and small businesses make energy efficiency improvements.

Canadian Financial Incentives For Insulation
Canadian National Insulation Manufacturers Association lists various renovation grants and rebates that are available from the federal and provincial governments, and local utilities across Canada. (PDF)

Policy Tool For Energy Renovation
Global Buildings Performance Network online Policy Tool for Renovation compares and analyzes 12 best-practice renovation policies for residential buildings from Europe and the United States, using 14 criteria that define a state-of-the-art policy package.

Transform Energy Efficiency Industry For Savings, Profit
Energy Efficiency Markets says the money pumped into the energy efficiency industry is not yielding sustainable results, and what we need is a performance-based industry. Matt Golden is spearheading a movement to transform the industry into a market-based approach in which incentives match real savings, not predicted savings. Under his model, utilities would issue RFPs for energy efficiency and would treat efficiency like other resources.

Demand-Responsive Commercial Buildings
Canadian National Research Council online report Demand-Responsive Commercial Buildings demand response, whereby customers get direct requests from the utility to temporarily lower usage during periods of very high demand. (PDF)

Local Government Role In Commercial Energy Project Financing
Institute for Market Transformation report Local Government Role in Energy Project Financing: A Guide to Financing Tools for the Commercial Real Estate Sector says cities now have an abundance of governmental and private sector tools available to finance investments in commercial building performance. (PDF)

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