March 2021

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to a special update as we reflect on HPSC's 2020 and kick off 2021's exciting plans. 
Last year was difficult for many as we adjusted to the new realities that came with COVID-19. Yet in the midst of hardship, the home performance industry found success and reasons to celebrate:

  • many home renovation sectors were busier than ever,
  • the HPSC advocated for home performance as a beacon offering economic stimulus, workforce development, and real environmental action, 
  • CleanBC and the Home Renovation Rebate programs began the doubling of rebates as a special limited time offer,
  • the Federal government announced over $2.6 billion for energy retrofits,
  • and our Sector Councils made a great deal of progress on the priority initiative of building a registered network of skilled and knowledgeable contractors.

Although life hasn't returned to normal just yet, 2021 looks to be another promising year for home performance. Read on for more highlights from 2020 and exciting developments on the horizon for 2021

2020 Highlights

The HPSC Sector Councils were hard at work in 2020 advocating for quality installations in BC while continuing to develop the requirements for the future Home Performance Contractor Network.

The councils completed the development of accreditation criteria and made good progress on determining the certification criteria for each sector by identifying trade designations, exploring training resources, and in some cases, developing new ones. Each sector is at a difference stage of development and the HPSC will continue working with industry and stakeholders to enhance, update, and expand certification as necessary.

The HPSC has also been working behind the scenes developing an online networking and engagement hub to service the Home Performance Contractor Network. Stay tuned for exciting details and a Spring launch!
Additional Highlights by Sector

Installer training development complete: The Quality Installation of Forced Air Furnace and Air Source Heat Pump Retrofits in BC Homes training is live! The HPSC worked with a consultant and Industry Advisory group to develop the training in accordance with the direction of the Sector Council. This is a major accomplishment in moving forward with implementation of the HVAC Sector Roadmap priorities. Thanks to the HVAC Sector Council and the Advisory Group for all the work you put into making this a success.

Advocacy: The Sector Council identified a number of issues around the supply and installation of heat pumps and put together a list of suggestions for improving the performance of the CleanBC and Home Renovation Rebate Program heat pump incentive programs. This feedback has been shared with the program administrators and we are working on next steps together.

Program training update: An HPSC webinar on the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program covering Air Source Heat Pumps rebates was developed and can be accessed here.

Installer training development near completion: Development is well underway for the new training course. The HPSC is working with a consultant and an Industry Advisory group to develop the course based on the Sector Council's training outline and existing training resources. The course development is nearly complete and will serve as the main criteria for the insulation installer certification in the Home Performance Contractor Network. Thanks to those serving on the Advisory Group who are helping to ensure that the training meets industry needs.
Program update: As of April 1, 2021, insulation contractors must be Program Registered Contractors (PRC) in order to be able to participate in program rebates from the CleanBC and Home Renovation Rebate Program for their customers. 

Program training update: An HPSC webinar on the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program covering Insulation rebates was developed and can be accessed here.

Program update: The Province of BC is developing an exciting new program for income qualified households. This program is anticipated to launch in summer 2021 and intends to require the use of skilled and knowledgeable contractors in the Home Performance Contractor Network. The Fenestration Sector Council has been working hard to get their certification criteria and training in place to take advantage of this great opportunity!
Energy Advisors

Advocacy: The Sector Council responded to questions from the Province of BC, FortisBC and BC Hydro about how Energy Advisor services could be integrated into existing home rebate programs. This initial correspondence wrapped up in the summer and HPSC continues to monitor opportunities for EAs both Provincially and Federally.


Advocacy: Natural Resources Canada and BC Housing invited the Sector Council to participate in their Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships Program (LEEP) workshops. This winter, LEEP renovation online forums are being planned for Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna with more forums for other cities for next winter.
Hitting the Ground Running in 2021

This promises to be an exciting year as HPSC works with governments and utilities to integrate contractor qualifications into their incentive programs and roll out the Home Performance Contractor Network. Look out for new faces at the HPSC as we continue to work with Sector Councils and our broader network of stakeholders on opportunities for growth throughout the province. This momentum also means we'll be introducing new ways to connect with your peers and have your say on important issues.

Stay tuned for regular updates!

A Fresh Take on Sector Councils
The work of the Sector Councils will shift somewhat in 2021 from work related to specific sectors to work related to the “whole-home” approach. The HPSC will continue to facilitate engagement with Sector Council members and serve as a home performance industry voice to share insights, questions, and concerns between industry and utilities and government. 
The HPSC extends a warm welcome to Jovan Cheema, our new Managing Director! 

Jovan is coming to the HPSC from the Canadian Standards Association as a Project Manager in Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Jovan has a BA in Economics from Carleton University, is a Certified Environmental Professional with a Specialization in Energy, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

We are excited to welcome Jovan onboard and look forward to introducing him to you further this spring.
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