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New Vancouver Bylaw Facilitates Energy and Financial Savings for Homeowners

New Vancouver Bylaw Facilitates Energy and Financial Savings for Homeowners
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Is one of your resolutions to do a home renovation this year?  Starting January 1st, homeowners in Vancouver seeking a home renovation permit will first need to complete an EnerGuide home evaluation, which helps homeowners access thousands of dollars in rebates for home energy improvements and achieve hundreds of dollars in energy savings every year, according to a media release.

“People are often surprised at the quality of life and comfort improvements after energy upgrades,” stated Peter Sundberg, Executive Director of City Green Solutions, the only non-profit provider of this service in BC.  

“It’s not just about controlling your energy costs and shrinking your environmental impact; you get a much quieter home that is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, with better indoor air quality, fewer drafts, and less condensation on the windows,” Sundberg explained. 

An EnerGuide home evaluation is delivered by Energy Advisors working with Service Organizations licenced by the federal government. Homeowners receive a prioritized, building-science based home energy improvement plan and an EnerGuide Rating to show how efficient the home is compared to other homes across Canada.

Updates to the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL) are part of the City of Vancouver’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings by 20% from 2007 levels by 2020. The updates include measures to evaluate the energy efficiency of one- or two- family homes looking to obtain permits for renovations over $5,000 through the completion of an EnerGuide home evaluation. In some cases, energy upgrades such as air sealing and attic insulation will also be required.

EnerGuide home evaluations generally cost $300, and facilitate access to thousands of dollars in rebates from the Home Energy Rebate Offer (HERO) from BC Hydro and FortisBC.

Residents looking to schedule an energy evaluation can contact City Green Solutions at 604.255.5734 or [email protected] or choose another licenced Service Organization.

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