OTTAWA — The Government of Canada has announced a $182-million investment to increase energy efficiency and address climate change by improving how homes and buildings are designed, renovated and constructed.
The funding, which is part of the Green Infrastructure Fund, will support the research, development and demonstration of solutions supporting the adoption of high-efficiency building codes; a program to help industry find and test cost-effective, technical solutions for high-performance buildings; the development of new energy standards for new and existing homes and buildings; and the expansion of energy-labelling programs to provide Canadians with information on energy use in their businesses and homes.
Of the investment, $48.4 million will fund research, development and demonstration of energy-efficient buildings.
Natural Resources Canada is looking for partners as the Government of Canada develops and puts in place new building codes to improve energy efficiency, states a release, adding proposals are now being accepted for projects.
Buildings and homes contribute approximately 17 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government is working with provinces, territories and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development and market transformation strategies for the building sector.
This initiative builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) and Canada’s Buildings Strategy, states the release.
Over one-third of estimated greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the PCF are from energy efficiency measures.