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Energy resources and programs for multi-family buildings

Our 2020 energy reduction target for existing buildings is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 2007 levels.

Do you live in or own a multi-family building?  Below is a list of energy resources and programs available for residents or owners of a condo, strata building, townhouse, rental apartment, non-profit, and co-op.

Depending on its size, your building may be eligible for a range of utility programs, incentives, and rebates. 

Product incentives can help offset the costs to replace old, inefficient technologies with new energy-efficient models. Free energy assessments may also be available. 

Renovating?

As part of the our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, we introduced Canada’s first energy bylaw for existing buildings. The energy requirements come into effect when you apply for a building permit to renovate any part of a building, including residential suites.

Find energy requirements specific to your renovation project

Resources and programs for:

Organizations

Energy tips and resources

Energy guides to renovate and maintain your building 

Get info on when to repair or when to consider replacing different building systems and components. Examples include guides on window and door replacements, building envelope maintenance and renewals projects, and how to manage renewals projects.

Consult BC Housing’s research library 

Assistance and savings based on income

Energy Savings Kit Program

Save money on your utility bill and make your home more comfortable. In partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, Energy Savings Kits  are free for qualified low income households. The kit includes easy-to-install energy saving products such as water-saving showerheads, CFL light bulbs, or weather stripping.

Energy Conservation Assistance Program

BC Hydro and FortisBC offer the free Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP)  to low income households with high energy consumption. Qualified ECAP applicants will receive a free home energy evaluation and installation of energy saving products, which may include an Energy Star® refrigerator, insulation for attics and crawlspaces, and faucet aerators for kitchen and bathroom. 

If you have questions or need help with your application, please contact the utilities’ partner Carillion Canada at 1-877-806-3242.

BC Housing assistance

BC Housing offers a range of housing assistance  services for low-income residents in need. Services range from rental housing, rental assistance, and financial aid for home modifications to tenant programs and resources.

Strata Energy Advisor Program

The Strata Energy Advisor Program provides free energy assessments and support for end of life retrofits for strata buildings in Metro Vancouver. Strata corporations and building managers can register for a free assessment of their building by a strata energy advisor, who will identify cost-effective, energy efficient upgrades to improve building efficiency and help save money over time. Register by September 30, 2018.

Condominium Home Owners’ Association (CHOA)

CHOA  is a consumer based non-profit association that promotes the understanding of strata property living and the interests of strata property owners in BC. The organization offers education, publications, resources, and support to strata corporations, councils, investors, managers, and industry across the province.

Consult CHOA resources and information bulletins  on a wide variety of topics such as alterations, audits, depreciation reports, and energy upgrades.

FortisBC Rental Apartment Efficiency Program

The FortisBC Rental Apartment Efficiency Program  is designed to save money, energy, and water for owners and managers of rental apartment buildings that are nine units and larger and receive natural gas from FortisBC under a commercial rate class.

Landlord BC

LandlordBC  is an organization that makes owning and managing rental properties in BC easier for landlords and property managers.

They provide members-only education, resources, and support and strive to balance landlords’ rights with tenants’ rights. All landlords may access their online education platform through the Landlord Registry™ 

FortisBC 

Non-profit, co-op, or First Nations housing providers can take advantage of rebates on high-efficiency boilers and commercial water heaters and enjoy valuable top-up rebates.

Other programs

Reduce water use with a free irrigation system assessment

Our Water Efficiency Advisors will identify system deficiencies that lead to water waste and determine the optimal volume of water for your landscape.

This is a free service available from May 1 to August 31.

Book a free assessment