On 23rd February 2022, Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced an investment of more than $4.4 million to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) to enable energy efficiency in the residential sector in municipalities across Canada.
CHBA will focus on finding the most cost‐effective solutions for up to 150 residential units to help find optimum approaches to net-zero home retrofits and inform the development of energy codes for existing homes, targeting buildings in various climate zones and varying business models.
The project will fund deep energy retrofits in houses and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings to demonstrate the different approaches that can be used to achieve net-zero-energy–ready performance in residential units. These buildings are designed and constructed to high-performance levels that could produce at least as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, with the addition of renewable power generation.
Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure Energy Efficient Buildings Program. It supports the development and implementation of building codes for existing buildings and new net-zero–energy–ready buildings through research, development, and demonstration projects.
Through programs such as this, the federal government creates sustainable jobs, builds a clean energy future, and charts a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050.