BSG Articles

The Ontario Building Code Can Help Make Energy Improvements Affordable
Published on January 08, 2019

Canada has made a commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and to contribute towards keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as per the Paris Agreement. As half of all existing Canadian homes were built before 1995, and they use twice as much energy as a recently built one, it means that homeowners in less efficient homes are able to significantly contribute towards helping Canada reach its greenhouse gas emission targets.

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Cancelling Home Energy Rating: How it Will Affect an Affordable Home
Published on January 04, 2019

Up until fairly recently, the Ontario government had a series of plans to help the province reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. This included a plan to place the EnerGuide Rating system on homes that are put on the market, but it has since been cancelled. We will be seeing a new series of plans being implemented, but encouraging Home Energy Ratings is not one of them.

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Net Zero Homes: Low Operational Costs and a Strong EnerGuide Rating
Published on December 28, 2018

A Net Zero home is a highly efficient home that is able to produce as much energy as it consumes over a 12 month period. By utilizing various high-efficiency strategies such as triple paned windows and/or renewable solar energy, a Net Zero home is extremely well insulated and air sealed, and has very low operational costs due to its ability to produce its own renewable energy.

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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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