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40 percent of Nova Scotians experience energy poverty

The lack of energy security is a present and real issue in Nova Scotia. Low income families are often housed in older, inefficient apartments and multi-unit dwellings, having to make monthly decisions on paying electricity bills or buying food and medicine. Others bear the cost of poor insulation and air quality with higher-than-normal heating bills which impact already razor-thin household budgets.

How we live is as important as WHERE we live

The EAC is partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Regional Municipality and The Pembina Institute on WHERE - NS, a pilot study aimed at bringing energy modeling innovation and improved energy security for those living in the affordable housing sector.  It is based on the award-winning Energiesprong concept.

Take a dive into Deep Energy Retrofits.

Follow the progress of two Multi Unit Residential Buildings at our Blog.

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We need your input at upcoming Workshops!

WHERE-NS stands for:

Whole: An integrated approach takes in the whole view of energy efficiency - bringing the experience and knowledge of owners, tenants, energy modelers, designers, builders, architects, engineers, and funders to the table.

Housing: Multi Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) provide homes to % a significant amount of families and individuals living in energy poverty across the province. The study will focus on two MURBs, one each in HRM and CBRM

Energy: Energy efficiency is the beginning of energy security. This means both looking at ways to reduce energy use through building upgrades and introducing infrastructure to support renewable energy use, such as solar.

Retrofit: Deep Energy Retrofits (DER) significantly change the energy appetite of a building. One-time upgrades to the building’s exterior are combined with mechanical system improvements. DER avoids the need for future renovations and immediately lowers energy costs for owners and tenants.

Envelope: Efficient buildings retain heat in winter, promote cooling in summer and guard against moisture year ‘round. The retrofit uses modular panel technology, built off site, and installed on site with minimal disruption to occupants.

Nova Scotia:  Nova Scotia is a leader in energy efficiency, but we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to keep Nova Scotia on a pathway to stay below 1.5 C of warming. Half of the province’s MURB housing stock was built pre-1970. Scaling up retrofits will reduce GHG, support a (#JustRecovery) and addresses energy security.

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