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February 2021

Hi <<First Name>>,

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


 
Advancing Home Performance Opportunities in BC.
 

FEATURED NEWS


Installation Deadline Extended for Double the Rebate Offer

BC Hydro, Fortis BC, and Clean BC have heard from you and your customers! They issued an incredible number of Double the Rebate promo codes and know that the promotion has stimulated significant sales for your company during these trying times.

Customers who have a Double the Rebate promo code now have more time to install eligible upgrades. They have extended the installation deadline for eligible upgrades. Upgrades must be completed and invoiced by June 30, 2021 to receive the limited time Double the Rebate offer.

Plus, the Double the Rebate offer has been extended by three months for customers switching from natural gas, propane or oil to an electric heat pump or heat pump water heater. Homeowners must register for a promo code by March 31, 2021.

If you have any questions about the Double the Rebate offer or any other retrofit offer, contact CleanBC Better Homes (betterhomesBC@gov.bc.ca), BC Hydro (alliance@bchydro.com), or Fortis BC (homerebates@fortisbc.com).

PROGRAM UPDATES


PRC Soon to Be Mandatory for Insulation Rebate

As of April 2021, Program Registered Contractors (PRC) will be a mandatory requirement for the Home Renovation Rebate Program’s insulation rebate. From that point forward, homeowners that wish to receive a rebate for home insulation will be required to use the services of a PRC. 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


Heat Pumps and Noise Guide

The City of Vancouver presents a free guide on heat pump installations, focusing on noise reduction considerations. The guide provides simple advice for both installers and residents looking to purchase a heat pump, air conditioning unit, or other exterior mechanical system.

It will help you to:
• determine an optimum outdoor location
• select a quiet heat pump system
• properly maintain your heat pump
• control and prevent noise travel

Download a copy of the guide here.
2021 Revised - Best Practice Guide for Replacement Window and Doors 

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.

Order a copy of the guide here.

TRAINING & EVENTS


TECA Heat Loss/Heat Gain Course
Online | Various Dates Starting March 15, 2021| $385 (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.

HRAI Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations
Online | March 16-19, 6:30AM-2:30M 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.

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
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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