Our reflections on Vancouver’s new municipal government:

The City of Vancouver has elected a new mayor and council, and with the City’s 2030 climate targets being only 8 years away, we are hopeful that this new government will be prepared to act fast. Regulation and policy play a key role in enacting structural change. The burning of natural gas for heating in buildings and homes accounts for 57% of Vancouver’s carbon pollution. As such, there will need to be considerable focus on this sector to achieve the City’s overall carbon pollution reduction target of 50% relative to 2007 levels by 2030. 

In May this year, the previous council passed a series of regulations aimed at reducing carbon pollution in the built environment. While this was a step in the right direction, we were disappointed that a proposed “Time of Replacement” regulation had been removed. When heating equipment reaches the end of its useful life, a Time of Replacement regulation would require a replacement with an electric option such as a heat pump. With the status-quo, HVAC equipment is most often replaced with another furnace, locking in another 10-15 years of carbon pollution. 

Our Stuck Report highlights that 67% of BC homes with furnaces are at risk for failure before 2030. That means 67% of BC homes, without a Time of Replacement regulation, or a greater shift in the market, will likely continue to emit carbon pollution long after the 2030 climate target deadlines. We hope that Vancouver’s new council and mayor will take action and build upon the existing regulations passed in May, to ensure we meet our climate targets, and do our part in mitigating the risks and impacts of Climate Change. 

The Province of Manitoba makes a move on building codes

The Provincial Government of Manitoba has elected to adopt the 2020 national building and energy codes 6 months earlier than is legislated by the Canada Free Trade Agreement. The Province of Manitoba is currently using the 2010 National Building Code, and 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings. Congratulations to the Province of Manitoba for this smart move, and we hope to see more action like this around energy efficiency and carbon pollution in the built environment! 

OPEN co-founder wins 2022 CAGBC Award for Technical Expertise

We would also like to congratulate our Co-Founder, Christian Cianfrone, who has been presented with the 2022 Ed Lim Technical Expertise Volunteer award for his dedication and expertise in advancing green buildings in Canada! When he’s not busy in his role at EllisDon as Director of Decarbonization, Christian continues to support OPEN with technical expertise on building physics, and guides product focus based on his in-depth industry knowledge and networks. 

Congratulations Christian, and we’re lucky to have you on our team! 

Happy Birthday B2E!

The Building to Electrification Coalition (B2E) celebrated their 1st anniversary this month! We were pleased to attend their celebration event and join a wonderful group of like-minded colleagues for a wonderful evening of catching up, exciting announcements and cake. 

At the event, we got a sneak peak of the forthcoming BC Heat Pump Strategy! In BC, in order to meet our climate targets, we need to increase the size and scale of the heat pump industry by at least ten times. Our Stuck Report, summarizing our market research in this area with Vancity, highlights the need for significant shift in the market away from fossil fuels, to electric alternatives. Be sure to keep an eye out for more on the BC Heat Pump Strategy in the coming weeks!

Thank you B2E for a fantastic year of advancing electrification in BC, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in this space!

Seeking Heat Pump Industry Reps for Design Interviews

On a related topic, if you are a heat pump installer, manufacturer, or wholesaler, we would love to talk to you.  We are now in the design stage of a software tool focused on streamlining the decarbonization of existing ground-oriented homes.  We have just done a tonne of homeowner research (summarized in the Stuck Report) and are now interviewing industry participants to identify the friction points where we may be able to help. 

Our goal is to better understand your business, the points of market friction, and the ways that our toolset could best serve your needs as this industry shifts and grows in the coming years.  

All interviews are confidential, and we provide a $100 honorarium for your time, which can go to you personally, your company, or to a charity of your choice. Please reach us at

New and Notable

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

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