Did you know that new homes built to the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes standard is on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code? Developed by Natural Resources Canada, the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program provides builders with the ability to construct energy-efficient homes in a timely, simple and cost-effective manner using common building practices.
Ecolighten is pleased to support the City of New Westminster with their community energy program Energy Save New West. The program provides local homeowners and business with access to energy evaluations, energy upgrades, utility rebates and incentives.
As part of launching a new $1,250 “Top Up” bonus incentive designed to encourage deeper energy retrofits, the Royal City Record interviewed local participant Brenden Kennedy about his renovation project aimed at improving the energy efficiency of his 1924 home in the Moody Park neighbourhood.
The Kennedy story is a great example of the local homeowner’s experience with Energy Save New West including energy coaching, access to rebates and the improved comfort and reduced energy bills that Brenden and his family are now enjoying. We hope that story’s like Kennedy’s will motivate others to take advantage of the many benefits that completing home energy upgrades provide.
- Royal City Record: “New West family finds comfort in energy retrofit”
- Digital Video: “Newwestcity.ca”
Ecolighten is proud to be featured in the latest "Green Homes" feature from Black Press. The article titled: "How to Make Your Home Greener..." appeared in the Peace Arch News and Langley Times and explores the features and benefits of having a more eco-friendly home including easy, cost-effective strategies to reduce waste and save energy.
As homes become more efficient, oversized HVAC equipment is emerging as one of the more serious issues in residential construction. Beyond industry anecdotes, Ecolighten’s “Quality Installation Study for Furnaces” commissioned by FortisBC confirmed this point with 25% of the homes participating in the study being observed to have oversized equipment when a smaller furnace was available.
As part of Ecolighten’s Energy Services work with the City of New Westminster and Energy Save New West, we’re pleased to announce details for the Spring 2016 - Builder & Designer Event planned for Wednesday, March 30th at the Anvil Centre from 7:30AM to 9:30AM.
Ecolighten is proud to be featured in the November / December edition of Mechanical Business magazine with an article titled “The Importance of Furnace Commissioning”. Although proper equipment selection and installation get much of the performance credit, it’s the commissioning side of a high-efficiency furnace that is often overlooked to ensure a system is operating at its peak.
Ecolighten is pleased to announce our participation at two upcoming events in January 2016 with Homeowner Protection Office and Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA).
To encourage the design and construction of ultra-low energy homes, Ecolighten is working with City of New Westminster to support local builders, designers and architects with resources to encourage growth and adoption of green building practices in New Westminster.