OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Builders' Association
(CHBA) applauds today's announcement by the Honourable Joe Oliver,
Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), that the federal
government will be investing $78 million in a range of new and expanded
energy efficiency initiatives over the next two years.
"Many of these investments will assist new home builders and renovators
in providing Canadians with increased home energy efficiency, saving
them money and helping protect our environment," Ron Olsen, CHBA's
Acting President, said.
"It is significant that the Minister's announced funding includes
support for the R-2000 initiative and ENERGY STAR for New Homes, which
have made Canada a world-leader in energy efficient housing," Olsen
"The CHBA is particularly pleased that this initiative includes
increased support for the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), which provides
Canadian homeowners with a reliable way to measure their home's energy
performance," Olsen added. "Whether you are buying a new home, or
renovating an existing one, getting an ERS assessment is the best first
step to improving a home's energy efficiency."
The CHBA is also pleased that NRCan will be increasing its support for
efficiency standards for new equipment used in homes, and in promoting
labeling programs such as ENERGY STAR, that help consumers select more
energy efficient models.
"The federal government plays a key role in helping Canadians reduce
energy use in their homes," Olsen said. "Today's announcement by
Minister Oliver will help to strengthen this important role."
The Canadian Home Builders' Association is the voice of the residential
construction industry in Canada, representing more than 8,000 member
firms across the country. Membership comprises new home builders,
renovators, developers, trade contractors building material
manufacturers and suppliers, lenders and other professionals in the
SOURCE Canadian Home Builders' Association
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