Monthly Archives: January 2012

CMHC Launches Condo Energy Efficiency Loan Insurance

A well planned energy efficiency retrofit will pay for itself. That’s why the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has launched a Multi-Unit Condominium Energy-Efficient Improvements insurance product. This new product is intended to expand access to financing for energy … Continue reading

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In search of social ventures with climate solutions

Can social ventures help solve our climate crisis?  Can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making a profit and building stronger communities?   In the fall of 2011, three organizations teamed up to put this question to the test.  Through the … Continue reading

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Design first, talk later

I thought that I had pretty much already learned how to talk at about two years of age, but last night I started the journey anew during a workshop offered at the Ontario College of Art and Design – part … Continue reading

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Changing behaviours to reduce energy use: TAF-funded project gets recognition

It’s pretty obvious that how people use buildings affects how much energy building use. The latest ACEEE study takes a look at how programs designed to change user behaviour influences energy use.  This has been a popular topic lately … Continue reading

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Will solar panels increase my property taxes? McGuinty Government says ‘No’.

The Green Energy Act and the Feed in Tariff (FIT) and MicroFIT programs have created a groundswell of interest in rooftop solar photovoltaic installations. Solar panel arrays have been popping up on all sorts of buildings, from single family homes … Continue reading

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