BSG Articles


Renewable Energy Production and Canada’s Future
Published on November 12, 2018

According to a recent report from the National Energy Board, Canada will be incorporating more renewably sourced energy into its electricity mix, while the production of oil and natural gas is expected to continue to grow as well.

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The Home Builder's Guide to EnerGuide
Published on November 09, 2018

As Ontario looks to make EnerGuide energy-labelling programs mandatory, and as home buyers continue looking for money-saving and environmentally friendly homes, the demand for EnerGuide builders will continue to rise. This means that it is more important than ever for home builders to work with a licenced service organization - such as Barrier Sciences Group - and choose which energy efficiency initiative is best suited for their needs. By working with BSG, a home builder is also able to validate the quality of their builds through an impartial and separate company.

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The Nova Scotia Cap-and-Trade System
Published on November 08, 2018

The Federal Government has approved Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system, meaning that the cost of natural gas, gasoline, electricity, and heating oil will rise slightly over the next four years. If the province had not put forward its own cap-and-trade system, it would have had a federal carbon tax placed upon it in 2019, joining the other provinces without a system that taxes emissions: Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

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B.C. Government Sparking Energy Efficient Innovation
Published on November 08, 2018

As a part of the $1.2 million Better Buildings BC program, the B.C. government is going to provide financial support to designers, builders, and developers that create the most cost-effective and energy efficient buildings.

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An in-Depth Look Into Passive Houses
Published on November 07, 2018

A Passive House is a home that’s built to a world leading standard in energy efficient construction. This means that a Passive House is 90% more efficient when compared to homes that have already been built, and 70% more efficient when compared to a newly constructed home. Favouring climate change-friendly sources of heating and cooling, a Passive House will often use energy reducing methods such as a geothermal loop to maintain the desired interior temperature.

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More U.K. Landlords Must Improve Energy Efficiency
Published on November 07, 2018

Since April, landlords in England and Wales have been required to upgrade their home’s efficiency to a minimum of band E in the U.K.’s efficiency rating scheme, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), or else they will be unable to sign new tenancy agreements.

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Bigger Carbon Tax Rebates to Rural Canadians
Published on November 06, 2018

Rural Canadians in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick will be receiving a 10 percent larger rebate from the federal government’s proposed climate change plan. The purpose of this is to help Canadians who live in more remote locations offset their reduced access to alternative methods of transportation, and their higher dependency on energy use.

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Changes to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations
Published on November 06, 2018

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, recently announced that changes are being made to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, under Amendment 14. Canadian regulations on energy-consuming products such as furnace fans and commercial refrigeration are to be aligned with Canada’s largest trading partner - the United States.

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Costs and Rebates of the New Carbon Tax
Published on November 05, 2018

Residents of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick are set to receive federally regulated rebates on their next tax return, in order to cover the increase in gas and utility costs that the new carbon tax is set to levy.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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