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The objective of QUEST Canada’s Nova Scotia Buildings Working Group is to improve the energy and environmental performance of buildings while advancing integration with other systems such as transportation, land use planning and renewable energy, to create Smart Energy Communities. The Working Group is focused on Nova Scotia, but is open to supporters and stakeholders working in the building energy space from across Canada.
Working Group Participants
Ecology Action Centre
Halifax Regional Municipality
Armstrong Fluid Technologies
Office of the Fire Marshall
VanCity Community Investment Bank
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables
BUILDING ON SUCCESS SINCE 2015
60+ participants engaged.
Developed a network that provided a unified and respected voice in Nova Scotia on the environmental performance of buildings.
Convened stakeholders around priority issues and acted as a central resource for information gathering and sharing on energy management in buildings with presentations from BC Hydro on the BC Energy Step Code, Simptek on Efficiency as a Competitive Advantage, etc.
Buildings are responsible for about 13 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia.
Energy-efficient buildings last longer, perform better, cost less to run and require less maintenance. They are also safer, healthier and more comfortable for residents and tenants.
Investments in energy efficiency produce more jobs per dollar spent than any other energy sector.
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Enabling Meaningful Climate Action in the Building Sector Across Nova Scotia
The recommendations contained in this brief were developed by the members of the Buildings Working Group over the course of two meetings coordinated by QUEST in January and March 2021. QUEST developed five themes that captured a broad scope of building-energy related issues and opportunities to explore.
The Nova Scotia Buildings Working Group is made possible thanks to financial support from the Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Energy and Mines.
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Members of the CoP will be asked to commit 12-15 hours per year, including involvement in the bi-monthly meetings and by providing feedback.
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Nova Scotia Buildings Group
The objective of the Buildings Working Group is to advance energy and environmental performance of buildings, while considering integration with other systems such as transportation, land use planning and renewable energy, to create Smart Energy Communities.
Nova Scotia Municipal Energy Learning
Launched in 2016, the Municipal Energy Learning Group (MELG) is a resource for municipalities engaged in community energy planning, partnership-building, and Smart Energy projects to share their experiences, lessons learned, and transfer knowledge about best practices.
Ontario Combined Heat and Power Consortium
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Information is coming soon!