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March 2021

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the March edition of HPSC Monthly. This month, we bring you these top stories and more:


 
Advancing Home Performance Opportunities in BC.
 

FEATURED NEWS


Find New Hires at a Virtual Job Fair

Business is booming for many in the home performance industry, but it's not always easy to find new hires to keep up with the demand. If you're looking for new talent to join your team, consider participating in a virtual job fair as an exhibitor. Check out these local options:

Greater Vancouver Virtual Job Fair
March 31, 2021 | 10AM-1PM PST

BC Job Fair
April 15, 2021 | 10AM-1PM PST

Mosaic 9th Annual Job Fair
May 18, 2021 | Time TBA

For other BC-tailored recruiting resources, check out WorkBC.ca and BCjobs.ca
 

PROGRAM UPDATES


PRC Mandatory for Insulation Rebates Next Month

The use of a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) will be required for homeowners to receive a rebate from the Home Renovation Rebate Program on an insulation upgrade completed and invoiced on or after April 1, 2021. Don't miss this opportunity to serve new customers - learn more about becoming a PRC in the post below

To assist contractors' understanding of the insulation rebates, a new resource is available: a brief, pre-recorded webinar that introduces the insulation CleanBC Better Homes & Home Renovation Rebate Programs. Watch the complete recording, or navigate through individual topics. The information presented has been updated to the October 1, 2020 CleanBC Program terms and conditions, with additional clarifications and advice.

If you have questions about the content during the webinar, or about rebates in general, email ask@betterhomesbc.com or call 1-844-881-9790 to speak with an Energy Coach.
Get Recognized for your Quality Insulation or Heat Pump Work

Show customers that you stand behind the quality of your work - become a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) with the Home Renovation Rebate Program.

Coordinated by BC Hydro and Fortis BC, the Program offers established insulation and heat pump installers the opportunity to become a PRC and take advantage of multiple benefits such as:
  • Having your company listed in a public directory where homeowners look to find contractors
  • Use of the program logo to denote your company as a quality contractor
  • Access to market-leading training, and more
Learn more about the steps to becoming a Heat Pump or Insulation PRC and submit an application in less than 10 minutes at registeredbccontractor.ca

Stay up-to-date on the Home Renovation Rebate Program and CleanBC Better Homes rebates

Always be sure to frequently check the following webpages to stay current on the latest program requirements. Your customers will appreciate your knowledge.

BC Hydro rebates: www.bchydro.com/homerebates

FortisBC rebates: www.fortisbc.com/homerebates

CleanBC Better Homes rebates: www.betterhomesbc.ca

INDUSTRY NEWS


New Homeowner Grants

The Federal Government announced a new Greener Homes initiative that will provide 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 for homeowners across Canada. The initiative will also support EnerGuide home evaluations and provide expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits and provide support for recruiting and training EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand and create new jobs in communities and cities across Canada.

Learn more about the initiative to help you inform your customers and encourage more sales. 

TRAINING & EVENTS


TECA Heat Loss/Heat Gain Course
Online | Various Dates Starting March 22, 2021| $385 + GST (non-members)

The course is intended to help participants perform accurate and code-compliant heat loss and heat gain calculations. The BC Building Code calls for CSA F280-12 for calculation of heat loss and heat gain, for Part 9 buildings. The TECA Heat Loss / Gain software has been designed to give users an accurate and simple way to calculate heating and cooling loads by the CSA F280-12 calculation methods.


TECA Principles of Moving Air
Online | Various Dates Starting March 25, 2021| $510 + GST (non-members)

This course will be a benefit to everyone working in the New, Retrofit or Repair portions of the industry. It was developed to give those who are designing or installing duct systems the ability to create quiet, efficient systems which deliver the required volumes while using the least fan energy. Today, furnaces, heat pumps and ventilation systems require larger volumes of air to be moved. Duct fitting shape, the number of fittings, air filters, coils all contribute to reduced flow in ductwork.

HRAI Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations
Online | March 16-19 or May 4-7, 6:30AM-2:30PM PST | $1,215 + taxes

Based on the CSA Standard F280-12, students get a firsthand introduction of the basic principles of building science and heat loss/gain. Through various in-class exercises, the student will learn how to determine the thermal resistance (R value) of various building assemblies, such as walls and ceilings. Accurately, calculate room by room heat loss and gain while considering the influences of occupancy, exposure, ventilation, air leakage across the building envelope and more.


HRAI Basic Principles of Residential Ventilation
Online | On-Demand | $79 + taxes

Through this online course, participants are introduced to the basic principles of residential ventilation. The course starts by defining the concepts known as “House as a System”; the flow of air, heat and water and how these impact natural ventilation (i.e., air leakage). The course includes a description of the theory of mechanical airflow including air pressure, duct resistance and fan ratings. A review of the impact on combustion appliances, humidity levels and indoor air quality is also provided.

CHBA BC Renovation Fundamentals
Online | On-Demand | $349

The goal of this course is to provide renovators like you with an introduction to the basic knowledge needed to perform your job as a business owner or manager. By completing this course you'll gain a foundational understanding of the best practices for running a professional and successful renovation business in Canada. Note: there is a final exam at the end of the online course.

Course topics include:

  • General principles for business owners and managers
  • Health and safety concerns
  • Customer service
  • Human resources
  • Design considerations and building science

2021 Revised - Best Practice Guide for Replacement Window and Doors
Digital ($150) or Print ($290) (non-member prices)

Developed ─ and newly revised ─ by the Fenestration Association of BC and BC Housing, this guide applies current building science and best practices to the replacement of windows and doors in wood-frame residential buildings. It provides practical information and useful guidelines to help ensure these products are replaced in a way that improves the durability of building enclosures in existing buildings.

It specifically addresses the unique challenges presented by BC’s coastal climate, which has inspired advancements in building envelope technology that have been adopted around the world.

This list of training and events is compiled for your information. The HPSC is not affiliated with any of the organizations providing training or hosting events.

Know of other professional development opportunities? Let us know at info@homeperformance.ca
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