Energy Benchmarking – Understanding the Basics

For commercial and institutional buildings, it’s absolutely vital to understand how much energy a building uses, and how better to manage that usage. And while managing energy consumption can be a challenge for various reasons, there is much to be said for planning and implementing an Energy Benchmarking Program. Building owners and property managers can make use of energy benchmarking data to make better, more astute, decisions on overall energy consumption. Continue reading

Insulate Your Home. Get a Rebate From the Government!

The Ontario Government has recently updated and enhanced the Home Reno Rebate Program for residential homeowners. The HRRP provides rebates of up to $5,000 for homeowners who are doing upgrades or renovations designed to improve energy efficiency. It’s an excellent incentive to better insulate the home, and a great way to reap long-term savings through energy efficiency. Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Continuous Insulation

Whether it’s building code compliant or not, continuous insulation is far less understood than it should be – even among insulation professionals, building contractors, and home renovators. The fact is, thermal bridging reduces insulation performance significantly – up to 20% in wood frame structures and up to 60% in metal frame structures.  It means that the advertised R-Values often fall far short of actual performance levels, regardless of the insulation product that is installed. Continue reading

Understanding Carbon Pricing For the Average Homeowner

By any description, the concept of carbon pricing is difficult to grasp, particularly for an average homeowner or driver. Essentially, carbon pricing is the approach most favoured by economists worldwide for reducing the negative effects of global warming. Simply put, whoever discharges carbon dioxide (CO2) will be charged monetarily for their level of emission. The charge, referred to currently as a carbon price, must be paid for emitting one tonne (one metric ton) of CO2. Continue reading