Climate Updates

Climate Ready Home Guide

The City of Calgary, in collaboration with City of Edmonton, All One Sky Foundation, and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, developed a web-based Climate Ready Home Guide to inform citizens of the choices they can make during a renovation or construction project or to their home maintenance regime to make their home more resilient to extreme weather events. The Guide identifies climate hazards (Extreme heat, Wildfires, Heavy rain and flooding, Hail and high wind, Winter storms, and Drought) that are becoming more likely and/or severe weather, and the potential impact on homes and properties. It includes some of the impactful measures to reduce these weather impacts to citizens and their homes. For example, the Guide describes measures to reduce extreme heat impacts for the following:

  • Roof and Attic
  • Exterior walls and siding
  • Windows and doors
  • Landscaping and yard
  • Ventilation and cooling

The content also includes information on how to choose a contractor and fortunately provides links to BILD and Renomark. BILD and Renomark has not been involved with the development of this Guide so if you see any inconsistencies or concerns with content, please contact Deborah Cooper (deborah.cooper@bildcr.com) so that she can bring it to the attention of The City.

City Standard Climate Comments for Planning Reviews

As mentioned in the April newsletter, The City has drafted standard wording for a number of planning comments related to climate resilience that applicants may receive as part of the pre-application (PE) assessment and detailed team review (DTR) documents for both land use/outline plan applications and development permit applications. To view The City’s draft Standard Climate Comments for Planning Reviews click here.

BILD Committee members have provided feedback to The City’s standard climate comments and as a next step; BILD has coordinated a Q & A session with The City and those BILD Committee members on June 3. If you would like to be included in this session, please contact Kate Langtry (kathleen.langtry@bildcr.com).

Energy Efficiency Rebates (Updates as of May)

Various rebates are available for new and existing homes across Canada. Many of these rebates rely on the EnerGuide Rating System third party system of evaluation and testing by qualified Registered Energy Advisors.

New and Existing Homes: Canada Wide

CMHC Green Home offers up to a 25% premium refund to borrowers, who buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing. For how to get started click here.

CRA has various tax credits available for qualifying Canadians buying a new or substantially renovated home. These tax credits do change periodically, and it is best to talk with a tax expert for details.

The federal government is offering grants up to $5000 to homeowners for energy retrofits. The Greener Homes initiative is an opportunity for homeowners to invest in their home, making it more comfortable to live in and reducing costs. It is also an opportunity to become better prepared for future changes that will come with more stringent building codes, including for existing homes and buildings.

What’s available through the initiative?

  • up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency retrofits to their homes, such as better insulation
  • EnerGuide home evaluations (worth up to $600) and expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits
  • recruitment and training of EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand.

Participants are eligible for up to $5,600 total under the initiative.

Eligible property types:

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • All-season cottages
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)
  • Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)

* New homes are not eligible for the grant. Newly built homes are defined as homes that are six months old or less, based on the date of occupancy by the first homeowner. This will apply to homeowners at the time of application.

Requirements for the initiative

You must:

  • Complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
  • Complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit will be reimbursed.
  • Provide and keep copies of all of your documents until March 31, 2028.

All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.

ot been involved with the development of this Guide so if you see any inconsistencies or concerns with content, please contact Deborah Cooper (deborah.cooper@bildcr.com) so that she can bring it to the attention of The City.

City Standard Climate Comments for Planning Reviews

As previously mentioned, The City has drafted standard wording for a number of planning comments related to climate resilience that applicants may receive as part of the pre-application (PE) assessment and detailed team review (DTR) documents for both land use/outline plan applications and development permit applications. To view The City’s draft Standard Climate Comments for Planning Reviews click here.

BILD Committee members have provided feedback to The City’s standard climate comments and as a next step; BILD is coordinating a Q & A session with The City and BILD Committee members. Invitations will be issued shortly. If you are not a Committee member and would like to be included in this session, please contact Deborah Cooper (deborah.cooper@bildcr.com).

Energy Efficiency Rebates (Updates as of May)

Various rebates are available for new and existing homes across Canada. Many of these rebates rely on the EnerGuide Rating System third party system of evaluation and testing by qualified Registered Energy Advisors.

New and Existing Homes: Canada Wide

CMHC Green Home offers up to a 25% premium refund to borrowers, who buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing. For how to get started click here.

CRA has various tax credits available for qualifying Canadians buying a new or substantially renovated home. These tax credits do change periodically, and it is best to talk with a tax expert for details.

Existing Homes: Alberta Wide

Low-interest home equity loans can cover a range of home adaptations and renovations to help seniors stay in their homes longer and improve energy efficiency. Up to a $40 000 loan is available for qualifying seniors.

  • Local Incentive and Rebate programs exist for Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Banff and Canmore. The value, scope and qualifying requirement vary widely. Click here.

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program: Canada Wide

  • The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) and public spaces (g., service stations; retail; restaurants). NRCan’s contribution through this Program will be limited to fifty percent (50%) of Total Project Costs up to a maximum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) per project. For how to get started click here.

TIME SENSITIVE: The Request for Proposals focusing on public places, on street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and light-duty vehicle fleets is now open until June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time). NRCan will target having funding decisions by October 2021.

COMING SOON

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is working on their CEIP for a wider Alberta rollout by summer. Application intake in participating municipalities will begin Summer 2021.

The federal government will be offering grants up to $5000 to homeowners for energy retrofits in the near future. The Greener Homes initiative will be an opportunity for homeowners to invest in their home, making it more comfortable to live in and reducing costs. It will also an opportunity to become better prepared for future changes that will come with more stringent building codes, including for existing homes and buildings.

The Greener Homes initiative will:

  • provide up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency retrofits to their homes, such as better insulation
  • support EnerGuide home evaluations and provide expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits
  • provide support for recruiting and training EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand and create new jobs in communities and cities across Canada.

Details are currently being finalized. BILD is monitoring the availability of this grant and will advise members when it is available.