Man­i­toba leads way in en­ergy con­ser­va­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

THE Cana­dian En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­liance re­cently re­leased its 8th an­nual re­port card and Man­i­toba led the coun­try for the fourth straight time with an A+ score. It was ac­knowl­edged that Man­i­toba has been a leader in driv­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives since 1989 and has com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued im­prove­ment.

In the area of res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion, both new home and ren­o­va­tions, Man­i­toba war­ranted spe­cial men­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion. Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion was re­cently added to the Man­i­toba Build­ing Code and Plumb­ing Code. The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion lob­bied for the elim­i­na­tion of the old 13-litre toi­let tank in favour of the more wa­ter con­scious low-flow toi­let. The MHBA rec­og­nized that not only had this in­stal­la­tion been the norm in new home con­struc­tion for years but, in or­der to make the most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on our en­vi­ron­ment, it had to be im­ple­mented in ex­ist­ing homes when bath­room ren­o­va­tions were needed.

Sim­i­larly, aer­a­tors on taps and fau- cets had also been stan­dard com­po­nents of the new home in­dus­try prior to be­ing in­tro­duced as part of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion leg­is­la­tion.

An­other area in which the CEEA gave Man­i­toba high marks was in the re­duc­tion of green­house gas emis­sions. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency in Man­i­toba homes in­creased by 21.6 per cent be­tween 1990 and 2006 while GHG emis­sions de­creased by 31.3 per cent. The build­ing en­ve­lope of a new home in Man­i­toba is so ef­fi­cient that con­sid­er­ably less en­ergy is used to heat it in the win­ter than in older, ex­ist­ing homes.

The Cana­dian En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­liance gave Man­i­toba high marks for en­ergy leg­is­la­tion, changes to the build­ing codes and out­reach pro­grams to the pub­lic that were done through part­ner­ships, in par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions that could of­fer im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion. The MHBA was pleased to be one of those part­ners that were able to fa­cil­i­tate en­ergy con­ser­va­tion.

Through lead­er­ship on the Build­ing Stan­dards Board, a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Man­i­toba Hy­dro, re­quest­ing higher min­i­mum stan­dards for prod­ucts and be­ing on the cut­ting edge of de­sign and in­no­va­tion, MHBA mem­bers have helped the govern­ment for­mu­late en­ergy ef­fi­ciency stan­dards un­matched any­where else in Canada.

In con­clu­sion, the CEEA stated that Man­i­toba has main­tained it’s A+ stand­ing be­cause it con­tin­ues to take a pro­gres­sive ap­proach. The res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try, through new home con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion ac­tiv­ity, is proud to be a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to this suc­cess.

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