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Newsletter #144
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
April 20, 2017

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 efficiency.

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.

Have a “Top Drawer” day.

Ken Farrish
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Ken's Top Pick

Local Government Implementation of BC Energy Step Code
BC Government online guide Local Government Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code explains the policy intent of the BC Energy Step Code and its use and application by local governments and other local authorities under the Building Act. (PDF)

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

2016 Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections
Environment Canada report 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reference Case presents the future impacts of policies and measures taken by federal, provincial and territorial governments as of November 1st, 2016.

Energy Sector Transformation Key Component of Canada's Low-Carbon Future
Conference Board of Canada report Shaping the Canadian Low-Carbon Economy outlines what a transition might look like and the policies and practices that will guide it along the way. It puts forth four cornerstones for the ongoing low-carbon transformation of the Canadian economy: energy consumption, energy efficiency, energy production, and engaging firms in the low-carbon business opportunity.

Canadians Support Climate Action, But Not All Climate Policies
Climate Examiner says a large majority of Canadians support climate policies, and there appears to be no correlation between political opinion and this strong support. However, not all types of climate policy are equally well received, with carbon taxes opposed by roughly half the population.

Canada Climate Policy Regulation Issues
Fraser Institute says governments know people won’t accept the level of carbon taxation necessary to achieve current GHG targets, so they hide most of the cost in regulation.

Builder & Meritage Join on reNEWable Living Concept Home
Builder Magazine describes a year-long project that will focus on engineering that solves the cost and scalability of some of home building's most advanced building technologies.

Hidden Health & Environmental Costs of Green Energy
Green Building Advisor says climate mitigation strategies can provide a rare opportunity to reduce not only carbon emissions but also a wide range of environmental problems. However, deployment of low-carbon technologies should avoid sensitive habitats in order to fully realize their environmental benefits without triggering unintended consequences.

Green Buildings Help Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Eco-Business outlines the many ways in which green buildings can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals.

Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures
Pembina Institute report Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures describes state of market, policy developments, and lessons learned from the Passive House movement. (PDF)

US Realtors & Sustainability Report 2017
US National Association of Realtor 2017 Sustainability Report summarizes results of its member survey pertaining to sustainability issues facing their industry. (PDF)

2. Business Management

Why Millennials Matter When It Comes to Energy Efficiency
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance says a new study examines the attitudes of millennials and how energy efficiency program design can be more effective for this important demographic cohort.

Appraised Value & Energy Efficiency: Getting it Right
Home Performance Coalition online brochure Appraised Value & Energy Efficiency: Getting it Right educates home-buyers, homeowners, and energy efficiency contractors on the importance of documenting home energy efficient features in a standard format so that they are taken into account during an appraisal. (PDF)

Australia Shows Real Estate Market How to Value Energy Efficiency & Solar
Renewable Energy World says Australia Real Estate site has been using an Energy Score rating that provides prospective buyers and tenants an idea of how energy efficient listed homes are or if they included a solar system.

Understanding Home Energy Performance Will Be Key to Real Estate Success
Green Building Advisor says real estate professionals should enhance their home energy performance capabilities in today’s evolving residential market, or risk falling behind those who do.

Sales Secret: Ask Good Questions & Listen
OmStout Consulting says there are a lot of very smart people in the home performance and HVAC industries. We know how homes work. Unfortunately, we’re often too quick to jump up on the soap box and start preaching to potential customers rather than listening to what they have to say.

How to Make Word-of-Mouth Marketing Work For Home Performance
Rocky Mountain Institute online step-by-step checklist will help sell home performance jobs through word-of-mouth marketing. It allows better connection with homeowners to market whole-home energy upgrades, and includes pre-retrofit, during, and post-retrofit tips for online and in-person interactions. (PDF)

Planning Energy Efficiency Renovations for A Home
Natural Resources Canada describes some steps in planning energy efficiency renovations including the audit, determining which retrofits to undertake, what products to use and whether to do the work yourself or hire a contractor.

Energy Saving Opportunities Through Retro Renovations
REMI Network says incentive funding for commercial buildings comes and goes, and although it is not completely gone, there is a more reliable approach to moving forward with some of your energy projects: Retro Reno’s.

3. Building Design & Trends

Passive Buildings in Canada
Passive Buildings Canada site describes various details of a number of passive homes built in Canada.

Belgravia Home Has Energy to Spare
Edmonton Journal says one of the homes labelled under the CHBA Net Zero Home pilot has proven itself capable of net-positive performance. Effect Homes built the house in 2012 and has been working with the homeowner to follow its performance.

Case Studies of Super-Insulated Homes in Yukon
Yukon Energy Branch partnered with Yukon Housing Corporation and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to develop 10 case studies of super-insulated new homes built in Yukon. Each case study features a technical description of the home, wall and mechanical system details, energy performance and interviews with owners and builders highlighting lessons learned from building the home and/or their experience living in the home. (PDF)

Overview of EnerGuide v15 for Builders & Renovators
CHBA Alberta online presentation EnerGuide v15 Pathway from Code to Net Zero provides an overview of the new EnerGuide, its features, and benefits to builders and renovators. (PDF)

Realtors Should Know Buyer Interest in Sustainability Rising
Builder Magazine says realtors could be adding data fields to multiple listing services to appeal to increasingly green home buyers.

Net Zero Conundrum
Green Building Advisor says rather than focus on individual Net Zero Energy buildings, perhaps we should be considering individual building performance, before renewables, as a higher benchmark.

Modeling Tool That Can Promote Sustainable Innovation
Hive says the sophistication of this modeling tool helps deliver new ways to achieve passive design.

Modeled vs Actual Performance
Passive Buildings Canada online video discusses the aspects it takes to create an energy model on a conceptual level.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

April 2017 Update on BC Energy Step Code
The Province brought the BC Energy Step Code into force in April 2017. It is a voluntary roadmap that establishes progressive performance targets that support market transformation from the current energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings. It establishes a set of incremental performance steps for new buildings that aims to communicate the future intent of the Building Code and improve consistency in building requirements across BC to transition to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032.

Metro Vancouver Housing Approval Study Report
Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association online Housing Approvals Study report is part of a long term strategy to allow local governments and industry to work collaboratively to improve the housing approvals processes through the adoption of Best Practices by both parties, for the efficient delivery of Metro Vancouver's housing supply. This third report in this series focuses on Infill Housing as a solution to affordable, ground-oriented home ownership options, for people of all income levels and needs. It includes recommended Best Practices, and Composite Index noting the top ten municipalities, complete with interactive maps, charts and data.

Effectiveness of Vancouver Renewable City Strategy
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Case Study of Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy tests the claims for effective city-level climate and energy policy.

Vancouver Greenest City Plan Alarms Industry
Plumbing & HVAC magazine says the City of Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and related changes to the Vancouver Building Bylaw are raising alarm in both the HVAC/R and plumbing industry with energy and water efficiency requirements that go far beyond national code requirements.

Updates On BC Enhanced Builder Licensing System
BC Housing online video presentation on the new BC Enhanced Licensing System covers builder qualifications, continuing professional development, helpful tips for online builder education resources and the Owner Builder Exam.

Forward Regulatory Plan for Canadian Energy Efficiency 2017-19
Natural Resources Canada, between 2017 and 2019, intends to propose a series of amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, with the approximate timing for pre-publication as noted here.

Comparing Passivhaus & LEED
Passive Buildings Canada online video discusses how the performance based Passiv system differs from the prescriptive LEED system.

New ASTM Standard Guide for Aerosol Foam Sealants
Adhesive and Sealant Council new Standard Guide for Product Selection and Delivery Systems for Aerosol Foam Sealants is directed at educating designers, specification writers, purchasing agents and end users on choices available with foam sealant products and the equipment necessary for delivering the product.

5. Building Science & Technology

Sensible Heat Ratio & Why It Is Important
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides a simple explanation of why knowing the sensible heat ratio is important in Passivhaus design.

Lighting Your House
Advanced Energy provides some history of energy efficient lighting and describes the variety of bulbs and their features.

4 Ways to Do Balanced Ventilation
Energy Vanguard provides a quick rundown of the main ways to do balanced ventilation.

Performance of Varied Airflow Small-Diameter Duct System
US Department of Energy study Measured Performance of a Varied Airflow Small-Diameter Duct System tests performance of a variable airflow small-diameter duct heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in a new construction unoccupied low-load test house. (PDF)

Some Thoughts on Drainwater Heat Recovery
Green Building Advisor says these heat exchangers capture energy from drain water and can speed up hot-water recovery times dramatically

Green Infrastructure to Reduce Rainwater Runoff
Cold Climate Housing Research Center describes ten strategies home owners can implement to reduce rainwater and pollutant runoff from their property.

Passivhaus Background
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides some background on the Passivhaus concept and standards.

HRV & ERV Guide for High Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
CMHC online guide HRV & ERV Guide for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings describes how to design, install and operate heat recovery and energy recovery ventilation systems in high rises. (PDF)

6. Building Performance Issues

Health & Wellness Rating System Comparison
Building Green says with the emergence of health as a driver in planning, design, construction, and operations, a handful of building rating systems have begun to address and measure wellness-promoting features and strategies. This interactive graphic highlights how LEED, the Living Building Challenge, WELL, and Fitwel compare on a variety of health-related priorities.

Radon Mitigation in New Construction
Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center online video describes how to, in areas with radon, install a radon mitigation system during new construction to ensure healthy indoor air quality.

Is There Lead in Water of Your Green Building?
Green Building Advisor says the broad growth of green buildings, including schools, that use water conservation strategies have the potential to lower the quality of drinking water in their plumbing systems.

Save Water with Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing and Mechanical describes how a typical house uses and saves water.

Proper Bathroom Ventilation & Your Health
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency says many homeowners have come to recognize the importance of bathroom ventilation, for obvious reasons. But what many people don’t realize is that beyond disagreeable odors, there are also significant health risks associated with improper bathroom ventilation.

Health & Safety Considerations for Energy Efficient Renovations
NRCan describes some health and safety issues and considerations for energy efficient renovations.

Tune-Ups for Energy & Water Efficiency in High Rise Residential Buildings
CMHC online guide Tune-Ups for Energy & Water Efficiency in High Rise Residential Buildings will help reduce energy and water costs and improve comfort in a high-rise residential building through low-cost and no-cost tune-up measures. It is intended for both rental apartment and condominium buildings. (PDF)

Value of Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning
Steven Winter Associates says commissioning agents provide third-party quality assurance throughout the construction process. They review design drawings and submittals, periodically inspect construction progress, witness functional performance testing of mechanical equipment, and ensure that the building staff is trained and ready to operate the equipment after it's turned over. Commissioning agents work on behalf of the owner to ensure that the owner's project requirements are met. Most importantly, commissioning improves construction quality and reduces maintenance and energy costs.

7. Products & Suppliers

Resource Site for BC Grown Plants
Plant Something BC provides information and resources for buying local grown plants.

Potential of Thermal Imaging in BC
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions paper Motivating communities to retrofit their homes: The potential of thermal imaging in BC, presents an argument for the combined use of thermal imaging technology with community engagement strategies as a way of scaling up and accelerating the uptake of home energy retrofits.

Searchable Energy Efficient Product List
Natural Resources Canada online searchable energy efficient product list allows you to compare products and pick the model that suits your needs.

Builders Using Exterior Foam Sheathing in Exterior Wall Assembly
Home Innovation Research Labs summarizes results of their survey of builders reporting using exterior foam sheathing in their typical exterior wall assembly.

PEER, Researching Prefabricated Exterior Energy Retrofit
Natural Resources Canada PEER research project is meant to enable the Canadian manufacturing and renovation industries to commercialize new prefabricated façade retrofit technology. The project goal is to develop a process for conducting such retrofits and to prototype and test panelized retrofit kits for existing Canadian homes from the exterior.

Plug & Play Low-Load Duct System
US DOE online slide show presentation describes features, benefits and considerations for low-load, plug-n-play HVAC duct systems.

Assessment of a Hybrid Retrofit Gas Water Heater
US Department of Energy report Assessment of a Hybrid Retrofit Gas Water Heater describes modeling evaluation of a hybrid gas water heater that combines a reduced capacity tankless unit with a downsized storage tank. (PDF)

Residential UV Duct Disinfection Systems
Plumbing & HVAC magazine describes residential UV duct disinfection systems.

8. Installation & Procedures

Designing Forced-Air Systems
US Department of Energy report Designing Forced-Air Systems describes issues, considerations and resources for proper design of forced air heating systems. (PDF)

Early Testing Is A Key to Airtightness
RDH Building Science says one of the keys to good and accurate airtightness test results is scheduling testing as early as possible.

4 Tips to Help Builders Ace Their Blower Door Test
Insulation Institute describes four best practices that can help builders meet new air tightness levels, as put forward by a company that specializes in residential and commercial energy auditing and code compliance.

Guide To Attic Air Sealing
US Department of Energy online Measure Guideline: Guide to Attic Air Sealing provides information and recommendations for the preparation work necessary prior to adding attic insulation. (PDF)

Sidewall Insulation Blowing Tips & Tricks
Wisconsin Energy says high-density sidewall cavity insulation can be a major comfort and savings boost, but only if the right things are done and done right. (PDF)

Air Handler Closet Retrofit
US Department of Energy describes how to create or modify an air-sealed closet to contain the air handler and the return air plenum. The return air plenum must be air sealed so that the only air that enters the plenum is air coming from the house through the filter-backed grille.

Air Sealing Tune Up of High-Rise Residential Building Envelope
CMHC online guide Air Sealing Tune Up of High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Building Envelope covers sealing the bottom of the building, top of the building, outside wall & openings, vertical shafts, and compartmentalization of service areas. (PDF)

Tune-Up Ventilation Systems in High-Rise Residential
CMHC online guide Tune-Up Ventilation Systems in High-Rise Residential Buildings covers tune ups for corridor ventilation systems, central exhaust systems, central heat recovery ventilators, and in-suite heat recovery ventilation systems. (PDF)

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

BC Wind Farm Just Came Online, But Future of Wind in Province Bleak
Renewable Energy World says big BC wind farm just came online, but the future of wind in the province looks bleak.

How Net Metering Works in BC
BC Sustainable Energy Association describes how BC Hydro and FortisBC calculate net metering for your solar powered system billing.

Renewable Natural Gas Is Part of Our Future
FortisBC says capturing methane from landfills and agriculture is already playing a critical role in helping our province achieve its greenhouse gas targets and funding for new technology will help realize these benefits sooner.

Save My Natural Gas Public Awareness Initiative
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada has initiated a public awareness campaign about an issue that could have grave impacts for industry members. While it is currently taking place in Vancouver, this could easily turn into a broader Canadian, or North American, problem for businesses. Save My Natural Gas is a coalition of concerned residents and small business owners across Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. They are focused on: raising awareness of this important issue; urging the City of Vancouver to engage in meaningful community consultation on energy choices; and encouraging the City to reconsider its costly and impractical ban on natural gas.

Over-Hyped Canadian Clean Tech Revolution
Business Council of BC says some politicians are overweighting clean tech economic significance as they contemplate strategies to bolster economic growth in Canada.

Is 100% Renewables Best Goal to Cut Power Sector Emissions?
Utility Dive says a new literature review says keeping some nuclear and carbon capture storage on the system could be more cost-effective in cutting power sector emissions.

Expanding Role of Renewables in Global Electricity Market
Business Council of BC report, The Expanding Role of Renewables in the Global Electricity Market, examines the current global and national state of renewables in electricity markets and highlights BC's advantage, and opportunities, stemming from our 98% renewable electricity grid.

Greenest Cars
Green Cars lists the 2017 greenest and best-in-class vehicles, and advice on how to buy green when shopping for a new car or truck.

10. Information Sources

Online Guide to Sustainable Plumbing In The Home
CMHC online Guide to Sustainable Plumbing In The Home provides plumbers, building contractors and interested homeowners with an overview of fixtures, appliances and actions that can help conserve water and energy in different areas in the home. (PDF)

Build a Passive House
City of Vancouver provides information and resources on building a passive house.

New Website for Energy Save New West
New Westminster has launched a new website for its Energy Save New West community energy program.

Talking Energy Website to Dialogue With FortisBC
FortisBC site Talking Energy is a place for you to learn about and comment on ideas, opinions, and information about FortisBC projects and energy topics that matter to you.

Home Performance Forum Gets New Life
Energy Vanguard describes the transition of the Home Performance Forum, an online place for discussions on various home performance industry topics.

Q4 2016 Built Green Canada Newsletter
Built Green Canada online Q4 2016 newsletter provides updates on the Built Green Canada program and related green building industry happenings. (PDF)

Spring 2017 Energy Star Newsletter
NRCan online Spring 2017 issue of their Energy Star newsletter provides updates on information and resources on Energy Star products and programs.

Canadian Resource Site on Climate Change
NRCan provides climate change information and resources, including Impacts and Adaptation, Climate Change Science, and Climate Change Resources.

11. Conferences & Shows

Earth Day Celebration in Vancouver
Cascadia Green Building Council evening Earth Day Celebration will be held in Vancouver on April 21st. This year's theme is Innovation in Sustainability, and it brings together influential people from the building industry for a night of entertainment and inspiration.

Solar West 2016 Conference & Trade Show in Edmonton
Canadian Solar Industries Association presents their 2017 Solar West Conference & Trade Show in Edmonton, May 9-11.

Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver
BC Sustainable Energy Association presents the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver, May 17-19. Leaders from local governments, First Nations, the private sector, NGOs, academia, and utilities will gather to discuss the transition to 100% renewable energy.

Living Future 17 in Seattle
Living Future 17 will be held in Seattle, May 17-19. It attracts decision makers from some of the world's most respected architecture, engineering and contracting firms in continuing to raise the caliber of success for a human experience that is in harmony with the natural world.

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit in Vancouver
Canadian Green Building Council presents the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit in Vancouver on May 30th. It includes five technical sessions addressing the key challenges and opportunities for net zero design and construction.

2017 Canadian Green Building Conference in Vancouver
Canada Green Building Council 2017 national Building Lasting Change conference and expo will be held in Vancouver, May 30 - June 1. Building actionable solutions to climate change is the focus, with the goal of engaging the members and stakeholders of the Canadian building industry in the fight to reduce GHG emissions.

2017 Green Energy Doors Open Looking for Participants
BC Sustainable Energy Association is seeking residents, businesses and community groups and members of the public sector willing to hold events, give tours of sustainable energy projects, and share stories of success as part of their 2017 Green Energy Doors Open project. Both hosting an event and participating as a guest is free of charge.

12. Education & Training

Online BC Building Industry Courses
Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association new eLEARN site is an online education portal. It offers a growing range of business and building technology courses, most qualifying for CPD points.

Spring 2017 Builder & Designer Breakfast in New West
Ecolighten and City of New Westminster and Energy Save New West, has announced details for the Spring 2017 Builder & Designer Breakfast, for April 20th at the Anvil Centre. It is designed specifically for local builders, architects and designers to learn about upcoming policy and program efforts designed to support energy-efficient new construction for Part 9 buildings in New Westminster. The workshop will include a fully catered breakfast, sponsored by BC Hydro and FortisBC.

Forum on Clean Growth & 2017 BC Election
On April 20th Pembina Institute, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Clean Energy BC present a public forum about the clean economy and climate action with representatives of the three major BC political parties.

Energy Forum 2017 BC Provincial Election Webinar
The Energy Forum is holding a webinar discussion with representatives from the major parties of the upcoming Provincial Election on April 21st.

Distributed Heat Pump Systems
APEGBC and BC Hydro seminar on Distributed Heat Pump Systems will be presented in Vancouver on April 20. It will cover correct methods and common pitfalls of design, sizing, energy modeling, installation, operation and maintenance of various heat pump systems.

Energy Star for New Homes Builder Workshop in Campbell River
Community Energy Association and CHBA Vancouver Island are presenting an Energy Star for New Homes Builder Workshop in Campbell River, on April 25th. It is primarily aimed at builders and building officials.

Passive House Tradesperson Course, Building Envelope Specialization
BCIT presents the Passive House Tradesperson Course, Building Envelope Specialization in Burnaby, May 8-12. This five day course provides the knowledge and practical hands-on skills that building contractors, designers, consultants and advanced students need to build to the Passive House standard.

Achieving Performance in BC's New Step Code
Victoria Residential Builders Association seminar Achieving Performance in BC’s New Step Code will be held in Victoria on May 11th. It covers a wide range of presenters and topics on this new code.

2017 Thermal Performance Requirements Seminars
Presented across Canada by RDH Building Science, this half-day seminar will provide up-to-date information on new thermal control requirements (and those on the horizon) and how to meet and exceed these requirements with concrete products and systems solutions.

13. Costs & Savings

Are Ductless Minisplits Overpriced?
Green Building Advisor says an installer’s estimate has one homeowner wondering whether he should install the unit himself.

Changes to BC Hydro Service Fees Effective April 1st
BC Hydro says effective April 1st, charges relating to standard service connections, alterations and meter work are increasing to better reflect the cost of providing each service.

FortisBC Natural Gas Rates as of April 1st
FortisBC online chart describes the various rates, as of April 1st, for their natural gas in Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Whistler. (PDF)

Not-So-Revenue-Neutral BC Carbon Tax
Business in Vancouver says the Business Council of BC agrees with Fraser Institute, in that the carbon tax has cost the taxpayers $377 million.

Ecofiscalists & Carbon Tax
Fraser Institute says if you want the high carbon taxes you think the planet needs, you’re going to have to give people their money back, either by cheque or with cuts in other taxes.

Alternative Facts About Greening of Existing Buildings
National Real Estate Investor says the greening of existing buildings is all about the other kind of green: money. While some may yet debate climate change's existence, making money off sound real estate investments is still viewed as smart, safe and trendy. And the easiest way to make real estate more valuable? By greening existing buildings.

Build Green for Lowered Operational Costs & Higher Asset Values
Environmental Leader says green buildings yield significant operational cost savings compared with traditional buildings and produce higher asset values, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report.

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

Rebates for Energy Star New Homes & Natural Gas Appliances
FortisBC offers rebates of up to $2,000 when building an Energy Star qualified new home, or rebates of up to $1,300 when installing high-efficiency natural gas appliances with the New Home Program.

Green Building Rebate Program in Langley
Township of Langley voluntary Green Building Rebate Program offers building permit applicants financial incentives for energy efficient new residential construction or home renovations that excel under the EnerGuide rating system (as well as other energy efficient performance standards). While funding lasts, the program also offers building permit applicants incentives to subsidize ERS energy evaluation services for plan evaluations and pre-retrofit evaluations completed by an Natural Resources Canada qualified Energy Advisor.

Contractors Can Inform Customers About Incentives
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News says a contractor who is aware of the incentives to the consumer can sell better.

BC Charges Up Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles
BC Minister of Energy has announced an investment of $40 million to encourage British Columbians to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support investment in made-in-B.C. green technology.

BC Electrification for Low-Carbon Future
BC Hydro says electrification may have a growing role in reducing carbon emissions. With the recent regulatory green light from the Government of BC, they can now investigate incentives and programs that can help BC make the shift to clean power.

Efficiency Programs Return Results, But Not in All Buildings
Utility Dive says a study examined three popular efficiency programs and found they consistently cut energy use in large buildings in Los Angeles, though results in small and mid-sized structures was less successful.

Putting Your Money Where Your Meter Is
US Natural Resources Defense Council report Putting Your Money Where Your Meter Is, reviews 22 case studies of past and current Pay For Performance (P4P) approaches and provides recommendations for policymakers to guide program design. The analysis finds that P4P has the potential to encourage energy savings and should be explored further. However, there is still significant uncertainty about how P4P stacks up in terms of cost-effectiveness and potential for energy savings compared with the more traditional approaches. (PDF)

BC MP Calls for Reintroduction Of EcoENERGY Home Retrofit Program
NDP Natural Resources Critic Richard Cannings, MP (South Okanagan – West Kootenay) announced the tabling of motion M-119, calling on the Liberal government to re-introduce the EcoENERGY Home Retrofit program. The program previously helped Canadians retrofit their homes and apartments, made them more efficient while lowering energy bills, creating thousands of local jobs in the trades and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain. - Frank Lincoln [Lloyd] Wright

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