Building Knowledge


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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Breathe Easy at Home By Improving Indoor Air Quality
Published on December 21, 2018

Many homeowners are not aware of the potential health risks that can come with having poor air quality at home. By understanding the health concerns and causes of poor home air quality, homeowners can regain control of their home’s level of airborne pollutants and work to protect the health of everyone who lives in the home - especially those most vulnerable, such as children or the elderly.

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An Energy Efficient Home is an Affordable Home
Published on December 19, 2018

A question many homeowners find themselves asking at one point or another is: how can I make my home more affordable? The answer is quite simple – an affordable home can be created through energy efficiency improvements.

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Preventing Harmful Fumes with Exhaust Depressurization Testing
Published on December 05, 2018

As homes continue to be built to even higher levels of air tightness, it has become more important than ever to make sure that harmful fumes aren’t spilling into your home. This is especially important in homes with a wood stove, as combustion spillage can cause serious air quality and health concerns.

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Alternatives to Drain Water Heat Recovery
Published on November 28, 2018

For a home to pass Ontario Building Code, it needs to have a working drain water heat recovery system. This is to ensure that Ontario homes are built with energy efficiency in mind and have a system that can effectively recycle the energy used to make hot water.

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Realtors Should Support Mandatory Home Energy Assessments
Published on November 26, 2018

Up until recently, the provincial government had a strategy to introduce mandatory Home Energy Assessments for every home that goes up for sale. This strategy was a part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and was scheduled to start in 2019 but was recently cancelled - receiving much support from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA).

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Growing a Clean Energy Economy
Published on November 23, 2018

Recently, a study prepared for Clean Energy Canada evaluated both the positive and negative impacts of energy efficiency on both employment and the economy, using the measures of improving efficiency that are outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) for their calculations.

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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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