Municipalities across Canada are working on achieving their energy and emissions objectives. Seth Leon from QUEST shared more about the Net-Zero Communities Accelerator Pilot Program in this webinar. The program supported nine municipalities in New Brunswick in developing and continuously implementing community energy and emissions plans (CEEPs). We learned about implementing implementable CEEPs, engagement with utilities, and the related economic impacts.
Net Zero Homes
In this meeting, we heard from the City of Barrie and the City of Burlington’s experience with net zero effort. We also had Lauralei Heggie from HRAI, speaking about their training opportunities and Kathryn Wilson from MMC, who presented their Net Zero Ice Rink challenge.
Some of the main takeaways from Barrie and Burlington’s experience with the Net Zero effort are:
- The pathway to net zero is conservation, electrifying, deploying renewables and planning to deploy all the infrastructure in a life cycle of the capital renewal.
- Incorporating net zero considerations into Asset Management and Capital Planning is crucial because when a net zero solution is introduced during an infrastructure renewal, the incremental cost, if there is one, to go to net zero can be seen/understood.
- Building portfolio analysis (audits) should identify decarbonization.
- Capital Plan Review is needed to identify upcoming equipment replacement and cost, as well as modelling analysis to capture growth plans/ master plans.
- Renewable Energy Analysis of all buildings and mapping locations and the potential cost is essential in planning for net zero.
- Adam McMullin, City of Barrie, Net Zero Efforts and the Developing of Net Zero Corporate Strategy (PDF of Presentation) (Webinar Recording)
- Tom Pedler, City of Burlington’s Deep Energy Retrofit Studies (PDF of Presentation) (Webinar Recording)
- Lauralei Heggie, HRAI, HRAI training opportunities (PDF of Presentation) (Webinar Recording)
- Kathryn Wilson, MMC, Net Zero Ice Rink challenge (PDF of Presentation) (Webinar Recording)
Municipalities can reduce GHG emissions and realize financial savings by embedding low-carbon work into their asset management schedules and budgets. This webinar follows up on an October 2022 workshop where results from the Zero Carbon Whitby & Costing Study were shared (webinar recording here). Zero Carbon Whitby is Whitby’s Corporate Climate Action Plan – a framework to develop and implement GHG reduction actions in municipal buildings from the bottom up, aligning capital and operating budgets with emission reduction targets. In this webinar, SSG presented the methodology and assumptions used in the Study. In addition, we explored how transferable this method is across municipalities.
Buildings are the third-largest source of emissions in Ontario, accounting for 24% of the total emissions. Building emissions arise mainly from burning fossil fuels for space and water heating. To achieve net zero emissions by 2040, our communities must eliminate fossil fuels in their homes by switching to cleaner energy sources and making these homes energy efficient. Every community member can contribute to fighting against climate change – and it all starts from your home!
Some inspiring GTHA residents are already taking the lead to make their lifestyles fossil-fuel-free! In this webinar, Rajko Jakovic’s decarbonization journey inspired us to fight climate change. Rajko Jakovic is an architect and Toronto resident who recently renovated his 100-year-old house, installing an air source heat pump and making his home solar-ready.
Strict new rules are being phased in for carbon in new and existing buildings in Canadian and US municipalities. Our guest presenter, Dylan Martell of Steven Winter Associates, is Passive House consultant for the 709-unit Sendero Verde affordable housing project in Harlem, New York. It was designed with building envelopes at least five times tighter and better insulated than typical structures, all heated and cooled by heat pumps.
Dylan talked about Sendero Verde and the recent regulatory changes in New York City, New York State and Massachusetts. Webinar host Bruce Nagy discussed how municipalities are approaching decarbonization and covered multi-unit projects in Canada and beyond.
The Putman Family YWCA is Hamilton’s first affordable permanent housing residence for single and mother-led families. This 50-unit building is designed to the Passive House Standard and demonstrates how resident health, comfort, and climate can be put first. Sarah Borde, Capital Projects Manager at YWCA Hamilton, Esther Van Eeden, Director of High-Performance Building at KMAI and Jamie Dabner, Principal at Introba shared how low-income housing can be built on a modest budget while also achieving efficiency opportunities.
At 536 acres, Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport lands are being transformed into one of the world’s biggest carbon-neutral communities. Known as Blatchford, this community is set to be powered by 100% renewable energy and will house over 30,000 residents. The development also features a centralized district energy sharing system (DESS) to provide energy for heating, cooling and domestic hot water. Through this webinar, Tom Lumsden, Development Manager at Blatchford, shared an overview of the project – planning, community design, renewable technologies, and project progress. In addition, we discussed about challenges and barriers to project implementation and lessons learnt.
Heat pumps are very efficient heating and cooling systems and can significantly reduce energy costs. In this webinar, Gil Amdurski from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) presented everything we need to know about heat pumps – technology, types, and prices. In addition, we heard about the TRCA’s Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) and their real-life examples of heat pump projects.
Thanks to Jeff and Natasha from New Horizon Development Group for sharing their approach to low carbon energy planning and the process they use to explore options and advance energy efficiency, geo-exchange and renewables within their developments. This webinar provides an understand of their approach, and the criteria and business models that needs to be met to advance lower carbon energy systems.
This webinar was moderated by Paul Frith, OGA board members and had Geoff Olsen from Enwave and Tim Weber from Diverso speaking to how they work with developers to get uptake to lower carbon geo-exchange systems. It covered the steps and processes that need to be advanced to enable developers to consider whether geothermal will work for them, the utility business model, and the criteria that often needs to be met to achieve a low carbon geo system install.
The City of Toronto, DSAI, gh*3, CAGBC, delivered an informative session about the design of the new City of Toronto Paramedic Services Multifunction Paramedic Station at 330 Progress Avenue. Presenters highlighted the design challenges and solutions in meeting net-zero, CAGBC’s Zero Carbon certification.
Energy Advisors are key players in the energy efficiency ecosystem. They work with builders, renovators, homeowners, contractors, etc. as well as supporting programs and long-term national and regional climate goals. During this webinar, Cindy Gareau, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors (CACEA) provided a deeper understanding of the energy advisor profession as well as the:
- Expertise and role of Energy Advisors;
- Different business relationships and structures;
- The process required to be a licensed energy advisor; and
- Contributions and opportunities of engaging with this key player in the residential sector.
City of Toronto’s Transform TO strategy will require existing buildings to decarbonize by 2040. Devon Stopps from the City of Toronto presented the City of Toronto’s Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy that identifies nine key policy actions the City will take to accelerate the uptake of retrofits by home and building owners while maximizing potential benefits and minimizing potential harms to building owners and tenants.
Municipalities have identified the need to scale up energy efficiency and fuel switching within their existing building stock as a must-do action within their Climate Action Plans. However, the scale of retrofits needed to achieve GHG reduction targets can feel overwhelming. Gabriella Kalapos from the Clean Air Partnership shared research on how municipal retrofit programs are absolutely necessary, but just the start of the actions needed to build a supportive and effective retrofit ecosystem that will address market gaps and enable these programs to be effective at scale-up.
Efficiency Canada had a Code Adoption Advocacy Workshop
- The presentation recording link (you’ll later find an edited version here)
- The Codes4Climate toolkit
- Edmonton emissions neutral building costing study (attached)
- A blog on code compliance
- A blog on what you need to know about the technical requirements of the new codes
- The regulatory reconciliation and cooperation framework
- Our Jamboard
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New developments present an ideal opportunity to advance lower carbon opportunities and many municipalities are engaging with their development community to advance this goal. During this webinar, Graham Seaman from the City of Markham shared Markham’s efforts, processes, issues encountered and lessons learned from a new development of about 300 homes that will be serviced by a community-scale distributed geothermal energy system for heating and cooling. Markham also shared information on an upcoming POWER.HOUSE project being advanced in partnership with Alectra Utility.
During this webinar Ian Storey from I.B. Energy Solutions spoke to the Net Zero efforts occurring in municipal facilities and its connection to community net zero efforts. Kory Chapelle from Clean Tek Capital shared some of the learnings from California on advancing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and their decarbonization efforts. Then Christian Rinomato from Country Homes discussed diversifying their real estate business model by integrating DERs into their new developments.
- PDF of Presentation
- Webinar Recording of Ian Storey’s presentation
- Webinar Recording of Kory Chapelle’s presentation
- Webinar Recording of Christian Rinomato’s presentation
There will be a follow up meeting with updates on the energy planning for the new developments taking place in the fall of 2021.
This webinar highlighted the Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool (CBAT) and the Housing Technology Assessment Platform (HTAP) and how they can provide information on the costs associated with higher energy performance in new builds. The Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors (CACEA) also spoke to work they will be undertaking to enable the tools to inform costing for existing building measures.
- Webinar Recording (NRCan begin at the 8 minute mark and CACEA begins at the 1 hour 9 minute mark)
- Lucas Coletta, Alex Ferguson, Patric Langevin, from NRCan: Increasing Transparency on Costs of Lower Carbon Buildings (PDF of Presentation)
- Cindy Gareau, Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors (PDF of Presentation)
- Checklist on Working with an Energy Advisor from CACEA
- Lucas Coletta from NRCan has offered to provide a training session on the use of the CBAT tool. If you would be interested in participating in such a training sessions can you please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XDHTWQ6
Both New York and Vancouver are moving methodically toward electrification of EXISTING buildings through retrofits. In New York City old multi-unit residential buildings are being insulated and electrified with the tenants still in them! How are they accomplishing this? In this webinar, Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner from the City of Vancouver, talked about new retrofit rules, development and implementation, Council business cases, accompanying incentives, regulations, training and other supports.
Chris’s presentation starts at 31.41
This webinar is part of a series of webinars on low carbon solutions that the Clean Air Partnership is providing throughout 2020. Author Bruce Nagy presented natural refrigerant, ice-making and cooling projects that reduce ozone depletion and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Bruce Nagy – Ultra-Cool Heat Recovery & Natural Refrigerants (PDF of Presentation)
- Refrigeration and air-conditioning systems mechanic (Ontario)
- Refrigeration and air-conditioning systems mechanic (Mohawk College Certificate)
- Certificate to handle refrigerants (Ontario)