Our new market research report is here!


Open Technologies and Vancity Credit Union have teamed up to release a new report – "Stuck: Why home electrification is lagging in British Columbia and what must be done to break the deadlock on residential carbon retrofits". 
View the Report!
The new report summarizes the findings of a trip of public-opinion studies conducted in the past year. OPEN, in collaboration with Vancity, commissioned the research to better understand the factors that inform homeowner decisions to upgrade or replace their space and water heating equipment, including home age and characteristics, and the factors that create barriers to starting or finishing retrofits. 

See the full media release for more details on the report. 

DiscoverEE Webinar recording available:

In case you missed it, OPEN and Vancity hosted a DiscoverEE Webinar on May 27th to present the findings of the market research report, you can view the full recording here.

More on home retrofits- Donovan's blog post!

Prior to the release of the market research report on the homeowner retrofit journey, OPEN's Chief Executive Officer, Donovan Woollard, wrote a blog post on his own home retrofit journey, and we highly recommend checking it out! 

Building Benchmark BC - Registration for Year 3 wraps up

Registration for Year 3 has come to a close on May 31st, and we are so excited to be welcoming some new participants into the program, and our previous participants back for another year. 

Watch this space for more to come, and in the meantime, visit to learn more about the program and to view the Year 2 findings. 

Welcoming Bryan Luu to the OPEN Team

OPEN has a new software developer on our team! This month, we are pleased to welcome Bryan Luu to our development team. 

Bryan is a budding software developer passionate about applying technology towards societal issues, with an emphasis on meaningful and people-driven work. Through his broad experience, he has continually sought to learn new things and develop his skill-set as an engineer. He is excited to be fighting for OPEN’s mission of making net-zero buildings a reality.

Outside of work, he enjoys scuba-diving, playing piano, and practicing his maker skills.

New and Notable

A few news stories, reports, opportunities, and other resources that recently caught our eye:

  • The Netherlands have banned fossil fuel heating from 2026! Full article here
  • A new paper has been published analyzing the initiatives addressing energy poverty in Ontario, check it out!
  • If you've made the switch to an air-source heat pump, register for Citygreen's Make the Switch Study, all eligible registrants will receive $100. 
  • Job opportunity alert - our friends at ZebX are hiring a Program Manager, Retrofits, see the full posting for more details!
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