CEO Letter – March 2023

Hitting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Happy March! We’re now just less than two months out from the Passive House Canada Conference, Future Forward: Innovations in Passive House and Beyond, I wanted to provide you with a glimpse of a very exciting panel we are putting together, Global Standards for Buildings and Outcomes They Demand.

This panel will explore what’s required to achieve global climate and emissions targets for buildings. While we’ll zoom in on the Canadian perspective, speakers on this panel will also consider the global perspective. Panelists will discuss their views of national and global climate targets and forecast how these targets will be achieved. We look forward to sharing further information on the exceptional speakers we have lined up for this panel in the near future. In the meantime, please keep checking our conference site for updates on our overall program, and if you have not yet purchased your tickets for what is sure to be an incredible event, you can purchase them here.

More NRCAN Announcements

I am pleased to announce more funding opportunities. Available through Natural Resources Canada, the Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative (DRAI) will support projects that facilitate the accelerated development of deep retrofits in commercial, institutional or mid-to high-rise multi-unit residential buildings across Canada.

The first phase of the Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program has also been announced, which will be focusing on the Energiesprong model to aggregate and accelerate the pace of retrofits to create the mass demand needed for deep energy retrofits. The current call for this program is focused on creating Market Development Teams (MDT) or retrofit aggregators who convene and coordinate supply and demand to create aggregated deep energy retrofit projects that will find solutions to regional gaps and barriers, and drive market transformation in their regions.

We hope your organization will apply for these funding envelopes and increase and accelerate Passive House-level buildings across Canada.