Federal government invests in energy-efficient building infrastructure

Natural Resources Canada
October 09, 2018
By Natural Resources Canada
Oct. 9, 2018 - Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel its benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. Federal investments in innovative energy-efficient projects drive economic growth, contribute to our clean energy future and create new, middle-class jobs for Canadians.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada's Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1-million investment to help Lemay, a Montreal-based architectural firm, convert an abandoned industrial building into an energy-efficient office building.

The project will result in net-zero annual energy consumption through the integration of renewable energy, energy storage and advanced control technologies that ensure optimal operation of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electric lighting systems.

Energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest and most cost effective way for Canada to meet its international climate change commitments and our future energy needs.

Buildings and homes contribute approximately 17 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. As part of Canada's commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy, the Government is working with provinces, territories and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.

This initiative builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) and Canada's Buildings Strategy, developed in partnership with the provinces and territories and through broad consultations with Canadians, key experts and industry stakeholders. Over one-third of estimated greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the PCF are from energy-efficiency measures.

Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. Canada will continue to support clean energy projects that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.

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