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September 26, 2017
How do we talk when we talk about energy efficiency?
Times have changed and energy savings are no longer enough
Predictions and forecasting are only as good as the quality of information you can draw upon. At CEEA we have always strived to determine what the future holds for energy efficiency, after all our members are forward-thinking innovators and entrepreneurs. Now that I am a board member of the Green Ontario Fund, that privilege is certainly giving me a good idea of where the future is going. The opportunities to drive energy efficiency have never been better, but one interesting development is that the language has changed.
For years at CEEA we focussed on energy savings - initially because the research we had conducted showed consumers cared about pocket book issues more than environmental issues. And it was a primary focus when the Harper government was in power because the business case for energy efficiency was on the agenda. Energy savings is a valid argument, but it's only part of the story of energy efficiency.
Now the words "energy savings" are no longer enough. We have a Liberal federal government which immediately renamed a ministry as Environment and Climate Change Canada, a coming out of sorts for the term climate change after years of being dismissed. So the argument for energy efficiency has pivoted even more clearly from saving money and energy to reducing GHG emissions.
The IEA's Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016 noted that energy efficiency is the only common global fuel and that it will ultimately help us meet 49 per cent of our climate goals by 2030. To accomplish that everyone who is in the energy efficiency business is going to need to talk about climate mitigation. And not just talk, we need to with examine which programs make more ...MORE
POLICY & STANDARDS Ottawa and provinces looking at energy retrofit measures for buildings: This is something CEEA has been advocating for years. While the feds have already moved ahead on standards for government buildings new measures are proposed for non-residential buildings and homeowners. There is also a move to provide guidance for landlords on how to ensure investments produce the promised energy savings and emissions.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT Brookfield Passive House pilot in Calgary to educate builders: The first house in Alberta to be certified by the Passive House Institute, suppliers will get the opportunity to see the building techniques necessary to be make a home extremely energy efficient -- the houses are known for using 90 per cent less energy.
SBC releases Energiesprong research: Sustainable Buildings Canada is looking at implementing an Energiesprong program for retrofit opportunities in Canada. The concept aims to bring together projects and suppliers and was originally developed in the Netherlands.
EVENTS 2017 Green Building Festival: Learn how "Form Follows Nature: Building a Net Positive Environment" and earn professional development hours on Oct 5th in Toronto. Eight hours of programming including lunch with plenty of time to network at the post-show reception. Special 15% discount for our members: register using code GBF17PARTNER. www.GBF17.com
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