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Canada invests $4.4M in deep energy retrofits for residential units

The government anticipates that programs such as this will create sustainable jobs, building a clean energy future and charting a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050.

February 23, 2022   by CM Staff

TORONTO — Natural Resources Canada has announced plans to invest more than $4.4 million to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association to help improve energy efficiency in residential properties in municipalities across Canada.

CHBA will try to find cost–effective solutions for up to 150 residential units to help find the most suitable approaches to net-zero home retrofits and inform the development of energy codes for existing homes. The project will also target multiple building archetypes in various climate zones and varying business models.

Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Energy Efficient Buildings Program.

The project will fund deep energy retrofits in houses and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings and help demonstrate methods that can be used to achieve net-zero-energy–ready performance in residential units.

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Net-zero-energy–ready buildings are designed and constructed to performance levels that could produce at least as much energy as they consume on an annual basis with the addition of renewable power generation.

The government anticipates that programs such as this will create sustainable jobs, building a clean energy future and charting a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Upgrading our homes to be more energy-efficient will get us a long way to our climate targets, help Canadians save money on energy costs and create good jobs in our communities. Our government is pleased to help homeowners across Canada cut pollution from their households,” said Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in a statement.