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April 2021

Hi <<First Name>>,

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


 
Advancing Home Performance Opportunities in BC.
 

FEATURED NEWS


2021 Home Performance Contractor Forum 
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Have a burning question or topic that you'd like to see covered at the forum? Submit it below for consideration. 
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PROGRAM UPDATES
PRC Now Mandatory for Insulation Rebates

Have you heard? The use of a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) is now 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


Register for the Retrofit Canada Conference – May 12-13, 2021

The first annual Retrofit Canada Conference will focus on the opportunities for innovation to achieve greater sustainability and energy efficiency through retrofitting Canada’s infrastructure and buildings – commercial, industry, schools, government and residential. It is the most prominent platform for key players in the energy efficiency, sustainability and retrofitting sectors to meet, network and exchange ideas on achieving Canada’s 2050 goal.

The Retrofit Canada Conference will focus on recent laws and regulations, financing large scale retrofit projects, market trends and new technologies, project updates, investment opportunities, partnership models and sustainability. 

High-level decision makers from the government, key municipalities and authorities, project owners, facilities managers, financiers, sustainability experts, technology providers and consultants will all gather to discuss all the above and more. 

Learn more and register at energyconferencenetwork.com

Leadership Opportunity for the HVACR Industry

HRAI shares an inspiring insight into the role that HVACR experts will continue to play as the residential retrofit sector moves towards whole-home retrofits.  

"More and more, the holistic 'building-as-a-system' approach is being pursued, requiring the symbiotic interaction of envelope and HVAC system improvements, while introducing passive and renewable energy options. Going forward, programs will be looking to promote low-carbon fuel sources and super-insulated building envelopes in an integrated way. They will require more extensive building systems modelling and analysis, and a more integrated delivery approach. This creates a leadership opportunity for the HVACR industry."

Read the full article and reach out to HRAI for the opportunity to take part in their related research project: Overcoming Implementation Barriers to HVAC-led Building Retrofits
Did you know? The "house-as-a-system" approach discussed in the article above (a residential-focused version of the "building-as-a-system" approach) applies to all retrofit sectors. Check out these resources for a crash course or refresher on how it applies to your work.

TRAINING & EVENTS


Passive House Course at BCIT - 50% Off
Online | April 20 - June 22, Tuesdays, 1:00-5:00PM PST | $548 (with discount)

The City of Vancouver supports a deeply discounted Passive House tradespersons course at BCIT for trades/builders/sub-contractors/energy advisors/architects/engineers etc, that work in the city of Vancouver. It’s a great opportunity to get intensive and hands-on Passive House training for half the regular cost. The next course session is taking place April 20 - June 22, 2021. 
 
Course participants will: learn hands-on approaches to high performance buildings; earn BC Housing Group A CPD credits; and be eligible to write the exam to earn the Certified Passive House Tradesperson designation.
 
Check out https://www.bcit.ca/construction/passivediscovery/ and https://www.bcit.ca/study/courses/cesa1501 for more information.

HRAI Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations
Online | 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.

TECA Heat Loss/Heat Gain Course
Online | Various Dates Starting May 3, 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 April 22, 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.

Quality Installation of Forced Air Furnace and Air Source Heat Pump Retrofits in BC Homes
Online | On Demand | FREE for BC Contractors

In this course students will learn:

  • How to evaluate existing HVAC systems at pre-changeout and develop installation strategies to optimize performance of replacement furnaces and heat pumps. 
  • Opportunities to incorporate quality installation components designed to achieve improved comfort, equipment longevity, energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions for your customers. 
  • Best practices on equipment commissioning and consumer education to support proper operation/maintenance.

Supported by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, BC Hydro and FortisBC, this course will become part of the program registered contractors mandatory training requirements in the future.

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.

Become a Program-Qualified Energy Advisor
Ongoing Applications

Program-Qualified Energy Advisors (PQEAs) are EnerGuide Rating System registered energy advisors (working with Service Organizations licensed through Natural Resources Canada) who have completed additional BC rebate program-focused orientation training. To access the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs Energy Advisor Supported Rebates homeowners must use a PQEA to deliver the required EnerGuide home energy evaluations.

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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