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BuiltGreen Launches High Density Renovation Pilot (Ind. Report)
BuiltGreen Canada
Date: 2019-10-02
Built Green Canada is reporting the launch of its High Density Renovation Program pilot with four office-to-residential re-purposing and energy efficiency projects in Calgary and Edmonton.

Alongside Built Green's Single Family Renovation Program, also applicable to multi-family low rise, the High Density (HD) Renovation Program offers builders a means to renovate high density and high density mixed-use buildings more sustainably.

To qualify for the HD Renovation program, substantial upgrades/retrofits must be made to the energy-related building systems, including the building envelope and the mechanical and electrical systems. The energy performance of the building's upgrades and retrofits are then compared to the requirements of the current energy standard or energy code used for modeling with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011 to show energy savings resulting from the renovation. Beyond efficiency, the renovations must be sustainable.

Strategic Group has four high density renovation projects enrolled in this pilot. Additionally, the company has two projects enrolled in Built Green High Density New Construction, while yet another project was certified in 2017.

Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, not-for-profit organization offering third-party certification programs in the residential building sector. Since its inception, builders have completed over 32,750 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 36,090 (as at March 31, 2019).

Download the BuiltGreen® Canada pilot program HERE (Source: BuiltGreen Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jennifer Christenson, CEO, 780.485.0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca,, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BuiltGreen Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  


Built Green Canada Issues Sustainable Bldg Challenge (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada
Date: 2019-06-07
Concurrent with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada announces its sixth annual challenge to municipalities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices, to challenge municipalities to encourage green building, and to highlight those builders leading the way.

The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.

The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.

Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.

Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.

Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.

Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada ,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition Partnering for Water Use, Conservation Certification (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition
Date: 2018-11-19
On the Canadian priries, Edmointo, Alberta-based Built Green Canada reports it is partnering with the Green Builder Coalition to launch a water-efficiency certification program for the residential building industry. The program also includes the ability to account for outdoor water use as well as reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations. Depending on the filtration methods, both grey and black water consumption can be used to offset indoor water use. Additionally, any remaining unused rainwater or greywater can be credited to potential outdoor use, according to a release.

Built Green Canada and the Green Builder Coalition are not-for-profit organizations. Built Green Canada offers third-party certified programs in the residential building sector. (Source: DCN News Services , 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Green Builder Coalition, Mike Collington, Exec. Dir., www.greenbuildercoalition.org; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, Pres., (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Green Builder Coalition,  


BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada
Date: 2017-11-20
On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259, robyn.webb@edmonton.ca, www.edmonton.ca; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

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