The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is taking its first steps in the development of a zero carbon building (ZCB) standard. The organization released the Zero Carbon Building Framework earlier in November as part of a broader strategy aimed at commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings.
All it takes is a KISS and in the case of energy conservation, this might be a winning formula. Of course, KISS stands for keep it simple stupid - a phrase we don’t hear much anymore. Speakers during a session on mobilizing Canadians at the Canadian Climate Forum’s 2016 Symposium argued this is the best approach.
Federal and municipal politicians, along with members of industry, home builders associations and government officials cutting the ribbon on Minto's four net zero energy (NZE) townhome complex located in the western part of Ottawa. They are the first to be certified as NZE under the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Net Zero Home Program.
Karen McCrimmon, MP for Kanata-Carleton; Kevin Lee, CEO at the Canadian Home Builders Association; Robin Sinha, director of CanmetENERGY at Natural Resources Canada; Philippe St. Jean, chief of energy technology policy at Natural Resources Canada; John Herbert, executive director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association; Marianne Wilkinson, Kanata North Councillor for the City of Ottawa; Derek Hickson, manager of sustainable development at The Minto Group; Susan Murphy, VP of land development at Minto Communities Canada
Energy efficiency is paying off for Thermal Energy International Inc., the Ottawa-based company that offers waste heat recovery solutions to a number of different industries. In the last couple of weeks, the firm has secured orders of about $2.8 million.
Canada made the top 10 in energy efficiency rankings, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) latest international country analysis. The Scorecard reveals that while Canada did quite well on policy action - tied with Japan for sixth - it’s on performance in energy efficiency was lacking - 18 out of the 23 countries measured. Overall, it earned 59 out of 100 points.