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The Climate Change Hoax

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Policy, Renewables | 0 comments

The Climate Change Hoax

By Derek Satnik. Wait a minute – climate change is a hoax? That’s what many people believe (especially during an election!), and honestly, some of their reasons are sound. We run into this debate at least once a week, so in this article we’ll attempt to respect both sides of the debate and to offer a useful perspective on what is worth worrying about.   The Debate Continues For as long as humans have existed, we have debated the things that are most important to us. There are at least 18 different forms of debate...

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Net Zero Energy Sighting in Ontario

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in In the News, Residential | 0 comments

Net Zero Energy Sighting in Ontario

Net Zero Energy Homes Among Us… By Kyle Anders It can be startling to learn that there are people out there living the Canadian Dream in a nice home, who aren’t paying for energy. ‘How can that possibly be!’ you exclaim. ‘We were meant to pay a monthly power bill to our benevolent utility overlords!’ Well it may be time to adjust that notion, because some innovative builders are disrupting the status quo and shaking this foundational pillar (or at least adding lots of insulation to it!). Sifton Steps up to the...

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Mindscape’s Residential Services Program Update

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Mindscape, Residential | 0 comments

Mindscape’s Residential Services Program Update

The structure of Mindscape’s residential building performance services is getting updated soon.  As many of you know, Mindscape is a licensed regional Provider for various home performance labeling programs, including EnerGuide for New Homes, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, GREEN SEAL (BUILT GREEN), LEED Canada for Homes and R-2000. For those interested in enrolling their homes to participate in these programs, we have important updates for you that will be starting on Tuesday, September 8th: First, fee updates: we’re proud to say that we’ve...

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Canadian Energy Strategy 2015

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in In the News, Leadership, Policy | 0 comments

Canadian Energy Strategy 2015

By: Sussex Strategy Group  Yesterday near the closing of the Council of the Federation, the annual meeting of provincial and territorial leaders from across Canada, the premier’s released the long-awaited Canadian Energy Strategy.  The Strategy is meant to provide “the foundation for provinces and territories to work together on energy priorities and the shared goals of ensuring Canada is a recognized international leader in sustainable and secure energy production, supply and transportation.” Signed onto by all of the Premiers, the Strategy...

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Economics, Energy, and Better Communities

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in In the News, Leadership, Renewables, Residential | 0 comments

Economics, Energy, and Better Communities

Wow, Do We Think Differently By Derek Satnik: I’ve had the distinct pleasure of attending two particular events over the last week: (1) a forum hosted by QUEST Canada focussing on Smart Energy Communities, and (2) the Toronto Global Forum, part of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.   Home Territory The first event was home territory for me, and inspiring as always. QUEST has been doing exceptional work for years, enabling municipalities to plan their energy use, and advocating the benefits of planning and using energy...

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Built Green Canada Launches Second Challenge to Municipalities

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in In the News, Residential | 0 comments

Built Green Canada Launches Second Challenge to Municipalities

Re-posted from Built Green Canada:   Built Green Canada Launches Second Challenge to Municipalities NUMBERS REFLECT GROWING COMMITMENT IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SECTOR Edmonton, AB, June 3, 2015—Parallel to National Environment Week, Built Green Canada issued its second annual challenge to municipalities across the country to encourage sustainable building policies. The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities including Edmonton, Penticton, Saskatoon, and Regina who have proclaimed June 3 as BUILT GREEN® Day, while more...

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Isn’t nuclear “green” and carbon neutral?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Policy, Renewables | 0 comments

Isn’t nuclear “green” and carbon neutral?

FAQ Question #38: Mindscape often receives questions related to wind and solar energy because of the work we do. This blog entry is one of over 50 such questions, the rest of which will be posted to this blog approximately weekly for the coming year. All 50+ can be downloaded from www.mi-group.ca/faq. FAQ Response by Derek Satnik:   Isn’t nuclear “green” and carbon neutral? Nothing is completely carbon neutral. Carbon emissions are created during the construction of power plants, during their operation, maintenance, eventual...

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New Home Performance Marketing Tools

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in In the News, Residential | 0 comments

New Home Performance Marketing Tools

  Natural Resources Canada has recently developed some promotional materials for their housing programs: EnerGuide* for Homes, ENERGY STAR® for New Homes and R-2000*.    Posters and Brochures The new promotional products include a series of posters/brochures available in PDF format, allowing for the flexibility to showcase them in various different sizes at your preference. Give Yourself a Better Home  EnerGuide Evaluation a First Step in Smart Renovations Why Choose an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home? R-2000 In a Class of Their Own  Fix...

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Drain Water Heat Recovery Mandatory for New Residential Construction in Manitoba

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in In the News, Leadership, Policy, Residential | 0 comments

Drain Water Heat Recovery Mandatory for New Residential Construction in Manitoba

Re-post from the Province of Manitoba: http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=34851  An industry-leading initiative taken by the Province of Manitoba in updating its Building Code to make Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) Technology mandatory in new residential construction starting in April 2016. The official news release is provided below:   MANITOBA APPROVES NEW MEASURES TO MAKE NEW HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT – – – Changes to Take Effect in 2016: Minister Braun   The Manitoba government has approved changes to the Manitoba...

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A Built Green Canada First- Carstairs Heritage Centre Enrolled for Certification

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in In the News, Residential | 0 comments

A Built Green Canada First- Carstairs Heritage Centre Enrolled for Certification

Re-post from Built Green Canada’s Q1 2015 Newsletter   The Carstairs Heritage Centre & Visitor Information Centre’s enrolment into the BUILT GREEN® program marks this as the first project type with Built Green Canada. After the Carstairs’ Historical Society’s Board asked Gold Seal Homes to take on this project, BUILT GREEN® Board member and Gold Seal President, Murray Pound, put together a design and budget, based on a several factors. The building is styled after a pre-1900 ranch house, the Scarlett’s Stopping House, so this...

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