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In November, The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) completed the Ontario Building Code Technical Advisory Committee meetings, reviewing public and industry stakeholder comments on proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code. The Ministry plans to  communicate updates to the decisions soon.
Announcing the 2018 Housing Innovation Forum & Awards! Tickets are now on-sale.
The 2018 edition of the EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum will have a practical "the future is now" feel, bring what we know about energy-efficient, high-performance building into immediate focus with insights and best practices that will drive your business today and in the future. 
Nominations Open for EQ Awards!

The industry-nominated EnerQuality awards are now open. Do you know a builder, evaluator or thought-leader in the industry deserving of recognition?

From now until January 19th, 2018, nominations are open for  ENERGY STAR Building of the Year, Best Green Marketing Campaign, Builder Achievement Award and much more. 
You can nominate your co-worker, your evaluator, your builders, or even yourself. 

National Housing Strategy to include GHG Emissions and Energy Consumption

Last week the Government of Canada announced its first ever National Housing Strate gy (NHS). The NHS is an ambitious 10-year, $40-billion once-in-a-generation investment that will give more Canadians a place to call home.
One area covered by the NHS is a focus on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 

The new Strategy will call for a minimum of a 25% reduction over national building and energy codes for new builds, and at least a similar number reduction relative to past performance for renovations and retrofits. 

Tighter Federal Building Code Could Cost Upwards of $35,000: NRCC 
OTTAWA - Government officials are crafting tougher building codes that could make both new homes and renovations more costly , part of Ottawa's wider plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Philip Rizcallah, the director of research and development at National Research Council Canada, said in a senate committee meeting last month that the cost to build an average new home could rise substantially to meet the updated building models.
"With a typical home, we could estimate it would be about a $35,000 increase on that construction," Rizcallah said.

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Energy Advisor training in 2018

In January 2018, EnerQuality will be offering the Foundation Level & Energy Advisor training. This workshop is designed to prepare energy advisors for the EnerGuide Rating System version 15 Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams. It is also a step towards becoming an Energy Advisor in the ENERGY STAR ® for New Homes and Net Zero programs.

It will be taught by Andy Oding and Toby Smith, with a combined 35 years of experience.

Last Chance for Fall Training

Tomorrow EnerQuality is offering its final training session of 2017: Renewable Energy Options to Get You to Net Zero, on November 29
This brand new workshop is being held in conjunction  with Toronto And Region Conservation Authority ( Toronto ) and is aimed at supporting builders who making the move to Net Zero. The first half of the day will provide a basic understanding of the ins and outs of Photovoltaic systems, and the second half will focus on mechanical systems. 

As always, HBA-member pricing applies.
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Managing Director
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Vice President, Market Development

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Events and Marketing Manager 

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Certification Manager

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Program Coordinator
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Program  Coordinator

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Program  Coordinator

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