Qualification criteria

To qualify for up to $60,000 in CBIP funding, applicants must clearly show their new building is at least 25 percent more energy efficient than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB). The incentive is equal to twice the difference between the estimated annual energy costs for the approved design and the energy costs if the buildings were constructed to the MNECB standard -up to the $60K limit. Buildings less than 4,650 square metres (50,000 square feet) may follow a predetermined prescription of energy efficiency criteria. Larger buildings can take advantage of NRCan’s new free EE4 energy performance simulation software to show that the design meets or surpasses the 25% qualifying level. In many cases, bringing a design up to the standards will add little or nothing to the capital cost of the new building.
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Green Building

A Green Building – sometimes called a sustainable building – is a building that try to achieve optimal environmental performance through energy saving, choice of material, and carefull planning. It can be done at three increasing complex level.

  • The first level aims at reducing the energy consumption of the building through technical solutions such as better insulation, energy efficient equipment, active or passive solar collectors, natural lighting, thermal mass, ground heat pumps , etc,…
  • The second level looks at the entire life cycle of the building and the material it uses: their origin and transportation component, the energy and water used, emissions and waste generated to produce them, as well as their expected lifespan and their potential for keeping their intrinsic quality (recycling) at the end of the building life.
  • The third level introduce the human factor into the equation and look at the relation between the building and societal behaviour: Allowing active participation of the occupants (Natural ventilation, turning off the lights or the computer, …), reducing travel needs or promoting alternative mode of transportation the reduction, integration of life and work, catering for needs of children, the elderly, the handicapped, etc,..
  • A fourth, unaccounted for, level integrates all three into one and requires significant commitment of each parties to work together at every stage of the design. This is called “ Integrated design”

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Renewable Energy Deployment Initiative (REDI)

REDI encourages Canadian industry, businesses, institutions and federal facilities to become involved with renewable energy systems and provides for a refund of 25 percent of the purchase and installation costs of qualifying biomass and solar heating systems up to a maximum refund level of $80,000 per application; maxi mum $250,000 refund per organization. Participants from remote communities are offered a refund of up to 40 percent of eligible costs. The term “renewable energy” refers to energy sources that are essentially limitless in their supply (wind, earth and solar) or are sustainable through judicious management practices (hydro-electricity and biomass combustion). They will no doubt play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives as we deplete our existing supplies of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. By subscribing to proven renewable energy technologies companies and institutions can reduce their dependence upon non-renewable fuels while saving money and reducing environmental impact. All persons carrying on business in Canada are eligible to apply for REDI funding including public institutions such as schools, hospitals, municipalities, non-profit organizations and many federal organizations. Three basic renewable energy systems are eligible for funding under the program: solar air heating systems, solar hot water systems and high efficiency/low emissions biomass combustion systems of a total capacity of 75 kWh or more. Funded systems are to augment but not replace a building’s existing conventional heating system. One such popular renewable energy alternative that can achieve payback in two to five years is Solarwall -a perforated steel cladding installed on south-facing walls to preheat ventilation air. Eligible costs vary from system to system but do include feasibility, design and simulation studies, installation fees and commissioning and certification costs. They also include, but are not limited to: collectors, pumps, fans, valves, storage and feeding systems, etc. To obtain further details contact REDI at 1-877-7226600 or visit www.nrcan.gc.ca/redi
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Commercial Building Incentive program (CBIP)

CBIP encourages building owners to incorporate energy-efficient technologies and practices in designs for new commercial and institutional buildings. Since 1997 building owners and developers have received in excess of $10 million in financial incentives to incorporate energy efficiency standards into their new buildings and that number is anticipated to reach more than $20 million by the end of the program in 2004.
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Energy Innovator Initiative (EII)

The Energy Innovators Initiative (Ell) is a free and voluntary federal government initiative designed to help industry, commercial businesses and public institutions such as hospitals, schools, community centres and libraries, explore energy efficiency options and strategies. Member organizations can save money and help the environment at the same time. The initiative offers participants access to an array of tools, services and financial incentives delivered through sector-specific Energy Innovators Officers who will be assigned to work with you to help you oversee the successful implementation of your initiatives. EII provides help in developing energy management plans for existing buildings, customized technical expertise, assistance in monitoring energy savings, advice on financing options for retrofit projects and opportunities to promote an organization’s energy efficiency achievements. The program also offers advices on alternative financing options for retrofit projects, information on developments in energy-efficient technologies, newsletters, success stories and other publications plus an opportunity to promote organizational achievements. With Energy Retrofit Assistance incentives of up to $250,000, Innovators is certainly worth investigating.
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Dollars to $ense

The Dollars to $ense workshops offered by NRCan include:

  • Spot The Energy Savings Opportunities
  • Energy Monitoring and Tracking
  • Energy Master Plan

Consisting of three one-day, hands-on sessions, the workshops offer some of the most up-to-date energy expertise available at a very reasonable cost. More than 4,500 participants from organizations such as O&Y, Trizec, Royal LePage, Oxford Properties, Sears Canada, Loblaws, CIBC, Dofasco, Quebec Hydro and University of Alberta Hospital have been able to identify lower operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase operational efficiencies and create a healthier work environment by adopting the energy efficiency savings tips learned at the workshops. Workshops specific to individual facility, sectoral or regional need can easily be developed and delivered in an affordable and timely fashion. For more Dollars to $ense workshop information, contact NRCan at 1-613-996-6585 or http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/workshops.
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Kyoto across the border: Canada – US.

Although US companies are not bound to Kyoto, they are under pressure from shareholders, state governments and environmental groups to provide sign of good corporate citizenship. American companies with businesses in Canada, Europe or Japan -all Kyoto signatories -are required to meet Kyoto’s reductions. American companies came under even more pressure to reduce emissions when a group of shareholders, including the Connecticut treasurer’s office, filed resolutions with some of the biggest power companies. They want the companies to present an assessment of their emissions of carbon dioxide; and pollutants such as sulphur dioxide. The group hopes the information will help them judge information will help them judge the regulatory and litiga- The regulatory and litigation risks associated with the emissions. As the United States takes emissions reduction, if not Kyoto itself, more seriously, the fear that Kyoto will become an economic drag on Canada can only subside. From Globe & Mail Jan 18, 2003
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Founding members

  • Founding Members of Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
  • American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • City of Chicago
  • DuPont
  • Equity Office Properties Trust
  • Ford Motor Company
  • International Paper
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Stora Enso North America
  • Temple-Inland Inc.
  • Waste Management, Inc

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After Kyoto: Reactions and Actions.

Opponents of Canada ratifying the Kyoto protocol were claiming it would destroy the Alberta economy. Now that the federal government has signed the protocol, are these predictions becoming reality? The contrary seems to happen. Suncor, the biggest oil sand player, announced that, after all, the cost of Kyoto would be negligible and production would double by 2010. Canadian Natural Resources an independent oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company based in Calgary came to the same conclusion. The Conference Board of Canada said that Calgary and Edmonton will be among the 3 fastest growing cities in 2003. Meanwhile, the USA – a non-Kyoto signatory- is becoming fast a country ahead of Kyoto signatories. While the Bush administration seems to drag its feet if not simply to ignore the issue, many states within the United States – the “disunited states” as coined by Minister David Anderson – are well ahead of the game. This is the case for New Jersey or California. In some ways, US is more advanced than Canada in dealing with greenhouse gas issues. The CCX (Chicago Climate Exchange) is one example.
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