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Province Launches Guide to Building Energy Efficient Homes

From the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading:

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues its commitment to improving energy efficiency and responding to climate change with the development of a user guide for building more energy efficient homes. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, released the guide today at the Canadian Home Builders Association NL Housing Forum.

“The guide provides details on the various methods and materials that can be used to build more energy efficient houses broken down by regions of the province,” said Minister Hedderson. “Building more sustainably benefits everyone by lowering fuel bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to tackle climate change.”

Supporting municipalities and contractors in understanding the most recent changes to the National Building Code, the guide breaks down how to apply the changes, depending on where you live in the province.

“This guide will assist members of the home building community while helping home owners to understand the benefits of energy efficient buildings,” said Darren O’Keefe, President of the NL Chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association. “The new housing market is a significant contributor to our economy, and consumers are increasingly demanding more energy efficient products.”

Municipalities will adopt the code changes through their regular business processes and can use the guide as a tool to help ensure compliance with the National Building Code.

“This will be a useful tool as municipalities are required to adopt changes to the National Building Code,” said Churence Rogers, President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. “It will be a helpful tool to municipalities when advising residents and contractors of requirements to follow the code through the issuance of building permits.”

Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future continued its support for towns and communities by helping them plan and prepare for climate change events, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Fulfilling commitments of Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011, the Provincial Government continues to implement its strategic approach and vision on adapting to the impacts of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The guide is available at www.turnbackthetide.ca

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