VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia’s CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF) is providing $5 million to support seven projects that demonstrate innovative low-carbon, energy-efficient building practices and technologies.
The CBBIF provides funds for projects and programs that accelerate the availability and affordability of low-carbon building solutions including advanced building designs such as Passive Houses, new construction methods, such as the use of mass timber, and and ultra-efficient building components, such as heat- and energy-recovery ventilators.
Funding for this round will include $1 million for a Vancouver-based demonstration of a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) technology by Zamba Technologies Ltd. and a $800,500 Victoria-based energy assessment tool by Audette Analytics Inc. which uses machine learning, aerial imagery and property assessment records to identify and support clean retrofits of rooftop air-handling units in commercial buildings.
Approximately $1 million will go to Small Planet Supply Canada ULC to support a production line for central C02 heat pump water heaters and domestic hot water air source heat pumps. Fast & Epp Structural Engineers Inc., based out of Vancouver and Prince George, will receive $500,000 for structural testing and analytical research on point-supported Cross Laminated Timber for use in multi-unit residential buildings.
Heritage Lumber Inc. of Vancouver and Victoria will receive $500,000 for expansion of existing deconstruction, reclamation and remanufacturing facilities located in B.C., and the Zero Emissions Building Exchange will get $200,000 for funding to support development and promotion of case studies of past and present CBBIF projects along with broader information sharing activities.
The funding is part of B.C.’s CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 plan, which includes requirements for all new buildings to emit zero carbon by 2030. B.C. has provided approximately $14.6 million for 41 CBBIF projects since 2019.