Registration now open for Regional Energy Efficiency Program – Home Renovation

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is pleased to announce that the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) – Home Renovation is open for registration.

“The Regional Energy Efficiency Program supports the RDCK’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for residents across the RDCK,” said Aimee Watson, Chair of the RDCK Board of Directors. “We are pleased to work with our partners in this program to make it more affordable for residents to make energy efficiency renovations to their homes through subsidized evaluations and incentives.”

Residents of the RDCK can access a subsidized EnerGuide home energy evaluation to learn how to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions by completing energy efficient upgrades. Following the EnerGuide home energy evaluation, residents will be able to access current rebate offers, financing options, a local contractor list and energy coaching. The program can also benefit renters and those who are low-income.

To register, visit www.rdck.ca/reep for information and to access an online registration form, or contact Carmen Proctor, Residential Energy Efficiency Program – Home Renovation Program Manager by phone 250-352-8278 or email ecosave@nelson.ca. Hard copy registration forms are also available in municipal and RDCK offices across the region.

You can also learn more about the program at various events from April to June 2019. At the information events, you can ask questions, meet local contractors, and connect with financial partners to discuss loan options for energy upgrades. The events are listed below and will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Date

Community

Venue

Address

Tuesday April 16

City of Castlegar

Castlegar & District Community Complex

2102 6th Avenue

Castlegar

Tuesday April 23

Village of Slocan

The Slocan Legion Branch 276

502 Harold Street

Slocan

Wednesday April 24

Village of Silverton and Village of New Denver

Silverton Memorial Hall

203 Lake Avenue

Silverton

Thursday April 25

Village of Salmo

Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre

206 7th Street

Salmo

Tuesday April 30

City of Nelson

Prestige Lakeside Resort

 

711 Lakeside Drive

Nelson

Wednesday May 1

Village of Nakusp

Nakusp & District Sports Complex

200 8th Ave NW

Nakusp

Thursday May 2

Town of Creston

Creston & District Community Complex

312 19th Avenue North

Creston

Monday May 6

Village of Kaslo

Kaslo Branch 74 Royal Canadian Legion

403 5th St

Kaslo

Monday June 3

Area E

Harrop Hall

6066 McConnell Road Harrop

Tuesday June 11

Area A

Crawford Bay Hall

16230 Wadds Road

Crawford Bay

Monday June 17

Area B

Yahk-Kingsgate Community Centre

8790 Railway

Yahk

Tuesday June 25

Area D

Lardeau Valley Community Club

Highway 31

Meadow Creek

 

In addition to the Home Renovation program, the program’s New Home component continues to support builders through education, training and access to information. In March, builders from across the RDCK attended the BCIT Lab in the Box training course in Nelson and Revelstoke and received training in high performance construction. For more information about how to improve the efficiency of your new build, please visit www.rdck.ca/reep.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.

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A backgrounder follows.

For further information, please contact:

Paris Marshall Smith, Sustainability Coordinator/Senior Energy Specialist
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Phone: 236-532-2016
Mobile: 250-254-6084
Email: pmarshallsmith@rdck.bc.ca

For media enquiries:

Maria Hypponen, Communications Coordinator
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Phone: (250) 352-1531
Email: mhypponen@rdck.bc.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Regional Energy Efficiency Program

The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and has developed the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). The program offers two streams: Home Renovation and New Home. The energy efficient home renovation stream provides incentives that support energy audits and access to rebates. The energy efficient new-home education stream provides training and access to information for all new home builders.

The program offers environmental and social benefits.

  • Environmental benefits: The Home Renovation program is designed to reduce 309 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year (equivalent to the GHG emissions of 66 passenger vehicles driven for one year). The New Home program will encourage a standard of construction, outlined in the BC Step Code that will produce 1.03 tonnes of CO2e per year (equivalent to the emissions of 440 liters of gasoline) less per home than a home built to the prescriptive path of the BC Building Code.
  • Social benefits: The program makes energy efficiency accessible first by reducing the cost of EnerGuide home energy evaluations, second by installing free energy efficiency products (LEDs, Water Efficient Shower Heads and Taps) and third by supporting residents’ participation in Fortis and BCHydro’s income qualified Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP).

The Regional Energy Efficiency Program is a partnership with all RDCK member municipalities, local utilities—BC Hydro, FortisBC and Nelson Hydro—Community Energy Association (CEA), and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). A grant from the FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) provides 71% of the funding for REEP.

Community Energy Association (CEA) and Nelson Hydro are REEP’s primary partners. They share the role of delivering the program by providing the following services:

  • Nelson Hydroleads the Home Renovation program to offer EnerGuide home energy evaluations, retrofit incentives and rebates and with the goal to penetrate 3% of the existing housing stock or 774 homes.
  • CEA leads the New Home program to offer education, training and workshops to builders and officials with the goal of 80% penetration. This supports the transition of building practice in our area to the new BC Energy Step Code, a component of the BC Building Code.  (www.energystepcode.ca)

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services, and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Paris Marshall Smith, Sustainability Coordinator/Senior Energy Specialist
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Phone: 236-532-2016
Mobile: 250-254-6084
Email: pmarshallsmith@rdck.bc.ca

For media enquiries:

Maria Hypponen, Communications Coordinator
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Phone: (250) 352-1531
Email: mhypponen@rdck.bc.ca

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