B.C. is in a position to be a leader in economic reconciliation and decolonizing clean energy policy. We will continue to support and advocate for the advancement of this new policy, driven by our relationship with Indigenous communities through our policy work and those that are ready to enter into the energy market.
Making our buildings future-ready including the installation of high performance windows and patio doors, calls for retrofitting with an understanding of climate change impacts. This means identifying potential shocks and stresses, and implementing appropriate solutions.
Not just rebuilding the economy, but a complete retrofit and establishment of building codes that support the needs to combat climate change. This is the moment to create a roadmap for a society that is more resilient to these macro shocks – whether they are brought about by a pandemic or climate change.
A deep retrofit of homes and buildings is the megaproject Canada needs. Post-COVID is an opportune time to invest nationally in climate-oriented upgrades that will improve efficiency and move us toward a low-carbon future.
We live, work and play in buildings. How they are built has a direct impact on our health and well-being. That’s why we’re going to make buildings work better for people all over the Pacific Northwest.
B.C.’s economic recovery is an opportunity to build resilience – Catalyst Business Coalition letter to B.C. premier John Horgan
Publication – April 9, 2020 – By Catalyst Business Coalition
Imagine a home that can stand up to extreme weather, be it heat waves or water surges, while bringing your gas bill to zero and keeping your electricity bill manageable. Considering that buildings are responsible for 12% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, our building sector needs to stop imagining and act.
Future versions of the National Building Code (NBC) are expected to be mimicked by the provinces, providing a regulatory push that will increase product demand from larger, mid-level projects and make a persuasive business case for more manufacturers to invest. In the meantime, “Unless it is a high-end multi-unit or commercial build, most contractors and designers are not interested in Passive House-certified windows.”
In partnership with FortisBC’s BUILT BETTER program, HAVAN and CHBA Fraser Valley presented the fourth full-day session of a four-part series, “A Holistic Approach to Improving Airtightness.”
With buildings being the leading source of GHG emissions in Canada, new building standards like Passive House and the BC Energy Step Code are becoming norm to achieve sustainability targets and address climate change – and we are seeing dramatic changes, performance demands, and advances in North American fenestration.