Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program
Status: Closed to applications
Focusing on clusters of low-rise housing, the Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program (GNPP) seeks to pilot the Energiesprong aggregated deep energy retrofit model in the Canadian market. This model, developed by the Netherlands and adopted by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States, accelerates the pace and scale of retrofits by aggregating similar homes and buildings in an entire neighbourhood to create mass demand for deep energy retrofits. This scale of project and similarity of buildings can leverage new retrofit approaches such as the use of prefabricated exterior panels to reduce on-site labour time and overall project costs, while reducing the energy use intensity and emissions from each retrofitted building. This support for community-level home retrofits aligns with the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s recommendation to seek out opportunities to decarbonize multiple buildings at once.
Available funding up to $3M to support MDTs in their work to develop the regional market for aggregated deep energy housing retrofits at scale.
|GNPP Calls||Launch Date||Close Date||Selection period||Status|
|MDTs||February 9, 2023||April 5, 2023||Summer 2023||Selected projects are in due diligence|
|Demos||June 13, 2023||September 14, 2023||Fall 2023||Applications in review|
About the GNPP
More than two thirds of buildings that will be standing in Canada in 2050 have already been built today, and many of them need to be retrofitted to make them more sustainable. The Government of Canada is investing $35.5M over five years, starting in 2022-23, for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to implement a Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program (GNPP) that aims to validate the benefits and business cases of aggregated deep energy retrofit approaches in up to six community housing neighbourhoods in Canada.
The GNPP will pilot the Energiesprong model in Canada through initiatives that:
- Validate the technical and economic feasibility of the Energiesprong deep energy retrofit approach
- Support regional Market Development Teams (MDTs) in their work to accelerate the market for aggregated deep energy retrofits
- Support deep energy retrofit demonstration projects in community housing buildings in up to six communities (100 or more units per demonstration site)
- Fund critical S&T activities to overcome challenges in implementing novel retrofit solutions, and support engagement and sharing of best practices with stakeholders.
The GNPP program is expected to achieve the following outcomes:
- Increased uptake of deep energy retrofits across the residential sector through aggregation and replication;
- Reduced overall cost, construction time, energy use intensity and GHG emissions from aggregated deep energy retrofits;
- Improved comfort, energy efficiency and environmental outcomes for Canadian homes;
The success of the Energiesprong model is underpinned by the presence of MDTs. These are third-party organizations who convene and coordinate supply- and demand-side actors to broker aggregated deep energy retrofit projects at pilot- or full-scale, find solutions to regional gaps and barriers, and drive market transformation in their regions. Examples of other industry terms for MDTs or similar concepts include “retrofit coordinators”, “retrofit accelerators,” or “retrofit transaction enablers.”
The GNPP builds from foundational innovations pioneered by CanmetENERGY on the Prefabricated Exterior Energy Retrofit (PEER) concept as well as the successful implementation of Energiesprong-inspired deep energy retrofit projects funded under NRCan’s Green Infrastructure Energy Efficiency Buildings Program (EEB). The EEB Program provided $547,500 in funding to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation to demonstrate a replicable, prefabricated modular approach for retrofitting a four-unit townhouse, with an emphasis on exploring opportunities for standardization and industrialization, providing a replicable solution that benefits Canadians. The EEB Program also provided $2.7 million in funding to the Sundance Housing Co-operative to demonstrate a first-in-Canada scale-up of the Energiesprong approach to 59 units of a townhouse complex.
In parallel to the launch of this program, NRCan has launched the Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative (DRAI). The DRAI is a complementary program that will support retrofit accelerators that focus on providing services to the owners of large buildings, including commercial, institutional, and mid- or high-rise multi-unit residential buildings. Applicants interested in facilitating deep retrofits to those building types should refer to the DRAI’s website.
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