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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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Economists in Support of Canadian Carbon Tax
Published on November 02, 2018

The new federally regulated carbon tax is receiving support from economists, as many agree it is a cost-effective and efficient way for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. 

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EnerGuide is Growing and Can be Found in Homes Too
Published on November 01, 2018

The Government of Canada currently has an official rating system that labels and displays the energy consumption or efficiency of products such as: vehicles, appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment, but it is also becoming more prevalent in homes as well.

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Improvement Seen in GTA New Home Market
Published on October 31, 2018

According to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the new home market in the GTA saw an increase of both new project openings and new home sales during the month of September. Altus Group, BILD’s official source of intelligence for the new home market, has noted that the 1,747 new homes sold in September is a significant increase from the 974 new homes sold in August.

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B.C. Needs to Take Action Toward Improving Home Efficiency
Published on October 31, 2018

According to the Pembina Institute, British Columbia needs to reduce the amount of carbon pollution that comes from homes and buildings in order to meet the province’s climate targets. The B.C. Energy Step Code, and the city of Vancouver’s Renewable City Action Plan and Zero Emissions Building Plan share a common goal of creating new homes to be more energy efficient.

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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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