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City of New Westminster & Ecolighten

Monday, September 30th, 2013
City of New Westminster & Ecolighten

Ecolighten is pleased to announce it has been named preferred bidder to provide energy services including project management and strategic marketing for the City of New Westminster’s Energy Save New West program.  

Energy Save New West is an innovative community-based energy-efficiency program that works in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to take advantage of incentives available through LiveSmartBC, as well as heating, lighting and appliance rebates provided by the utilities.  To support Energy Save New West, Ecolighten will collaborate with City of New Westminster as its delivery partner with a suite of energy services support to improve the energy-efficiency of residential homes and businesses in New Westminster.   

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Energy Audit 101

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Energy Audit 101

Interested in replacing your furnace this fall?  Thinking about whether your attic insulation needs upgrading?  Well, before you start your home performance renovation, it’s important to have an energy audit completed to determine where the best opportunities are to improve the comfort, health, energy-efficiency of your house and reduce your energy bills.

In short, a home energy audit helps you learn more about how you use energy, determine where you’re wasting electricity and gas usage and prioritize your home performance upgrades.  In BC, an energy audit is typically done by a Certified Energy Advisor who’ll complete a visual and empirical data evaluation of your home while utilizing a number of diagnostic tools like a blower door or thermal imaging camera to pinpoint and diagnose sources of energy loss. 

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Scoop Magazine & Smart Meters

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Scoop Magazine & Smart Meters

Earlier this summer, Ecolighten had the opportunity to be interviewed by the Co-Operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) to explore some of the ‘myths & facts’ on smart metering in BC. 

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Energy Save New West

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Energy Save New West

Ecolighten is proud to encourage residents and business owners in the City of New Westminster to participate in their new community based energy efficiency program for residential and commercial property owners titled Energy Save New West

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ECCO Supply & Ecolighten - HVAC Trade Support

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
ECCO Supply & Ecolighten - HVAC Trade Support

Ecolighten is pleased to announce Home Performance Design support for ECCO Supply’s HVAC trade network.  Available online with a service request form and through distribution branches in Burnaby, Langley and Chilliwack, Ecolighten will be providing HVAC trades access to Home Performance Design services including:

  • Heat/Cool Load Calculations – Detailed room-by-room load calculations and report
  • HVAC Mechanical Design – Fully articulated 1-Line and 2-Line AutoCAD layouts
  • Performance Inspections – Visual and empirical testing and report
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Value of Home Performance Design & Projects

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Value of Home Performance Design & Projects

The value of Home Performance Design exists because new or renovated custom homes typically do not involve a mechanical engineer to design the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) during the early planning and design stage of projects.  Typical home design is done without anticipation or planning for the home’s necessary HVAC system.  When it comes time for the HVAC to be installed into the home, it is often expensive and awkward to fit the system into the existing structure.  This consistently leads to additional costs, limited design choices and frustration for professionals and homeowners alike.

To address this, Ecolighten brings a customer focused, value added mechanical HVAC design and energy service solution to the upfront planning phase instead of construction phase of projects to benefit architects, home builders and homeowners. 

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Ecolighten & Midori Uchi - Part 2

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Ecolighten & Midori Uchi - Part 2

Earlier this fall, Ecolighten was selected by Naikoon Contracting to support their Midori Uchi custom home project. With a goal of achieving green building certification within an accessible budget, Ecolighten provided a comprehensive suite Home Performance Design solutions including Consultation, Load Calculations, AutoCAD drawings for HRV, radiant and hydronic schematics and a bid tender and review package.  

The project has been a great collaborative effort and we’re pleased to share our Case Study which outlines the full scope of services provided by Ecolighten to support Midori Uchi becoming one of Canada’s Greenest Homes including LEED Platinum, Built Green and R2000 certifications.

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Ecolighten - Presentation from Energy Action Conference

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Ecolighten - Presentation from Energy Action Conference

Ecolighten would like to thank Energy Action for the opportunity to present at the “2013 European Conference on Fuel Poverty” that was held in Dublin, Ireland on March 11th and 12th.

This year’s conference brought together fuel poverty researchers, policymakers and practitioners from across the globe.  Representing Canada, Ecolighten was privileged to provide a Canadian perspective through the lens of a presentation titled:  “Weatherization Programs run by Utilities” which highlighted BC’s weatherization and energy-efficiency efforts including programs, key learning’s and market drivers moving forward. 

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Creating Bridges - Buildex Presentation

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Creating Bridges - Buildex Presentation

Ecolighten would like to thank the organizers of Buildex for the opportunity to present at this year’s conference.  Our session: “Creating Bridges – Green Building Theory & Practical Application” was well attended with builders, architects and trades engaging in a lively Q&A. 

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FortisBC - EnerTracker Program

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
FortisBC - EnerTracker Program

Ecolighten is proud to support our channel partner Energent Inc. with the launch and delivery of the EnerTracker program from Fortis BC.  EnerTracker is an exciting new pilot from Fortis BC that provides qualified commercial customers with access to Energy Management Information Software (EMIS) for a period of three (3) years at no cost.  The EnerTracker program officially launched January 7th and sign-up is easy, and able to be done online at:  www.energent.com/fortisbc

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