Canada Expands Energy-Efficiency Programs

In support of greater energy efficiency for facilities and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian government has established a new Industrial Building Incentive program and an expanded Commercial Building Incentive program offering subsidies to facilities demonstrating efficiencies of at least 25% greater than Model National Energy Code for Buildings standards.

05/13/2002


In support of greater energy efficiency for facilities and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian government has established a new Industrial Building Incentive program and an expanded Commercial Building Incentive program offering subsidies to facilities demonstrating efficiencies of at least 25% greater than Model National Energy Code for Buildings standards.

Specifically, the industrial program offers up to $80,000 for new industrial buildings meeting the criteria, and $60,000 to arenas and retail food stores—in addition to commercial and institutional facilities previously included in the program.

"These programs encourage architects, builders and developers to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, not only lowering operating costs for the owners, but also helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a key part of addressing climate change," said Marcel Proulx, a member of the Canadian parliament.

According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), Canada's residential, commercial and institutional buildings directly account for 10% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on these initiatives, visit NRC's web site at: www.nrcan.gc.ca .





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