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Better Buildings for All - Relieving energy poverty through deep retrofits

19 Apr 2024

We respectfully acknowledge the space our organization is headquartered in as the traditional and ancestral territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the bands Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai, the Îyârhe Nakoda Nations, including the bands of Goodstoney, Chiniki, and Bearspaw, and the Tsuut’ina Dené. [...] Combining the two measures to get the percentage of households that are both low-income and experiencing energy poverty allows us to understand the portion and number of homes most in need of energy upgrades. [...] One of the main barriers to existing low-income and income-qualified retrofit programs is the lack of awareness of how to access the program and the complexity of the applications. [...] The cost of retrofits, the potential energy savings, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction potentials, and the industry capacity and market readiness levels vary greatly province to province and region to Pembina Institute Better Buildings for All | 10 Income-qualified retrofit programs: Challenges and solutions region. [...] (See the column “Correction factor” in Table 7; this is calculated from the value of the column “Ratio of energy poverty to low- income households” for each province compared to the Canadian value of 1.19.) From there, we first assumed that the relationship between low-income households and households experiencing energy poverty would be broadly similar to the relationship found nationally; that i.
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