Ontario to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient

    Proposed Act Would Entrench Conservation Review Into Building Code

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is planning to make conservation and energy efficiency even more
integral to its building code, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
    A new Green Energy Act, to be introduced in the Ontario legislature later
this month, would establish Ontario as a leader in conservation and help boost
the economy by elevating the importance of energy efficiency in Ontario's
building code. It will also create an Expert Advisory Council to advise the
Minister on any future energy efficiency changes to the building code.
    Conserving energy helps the environment, saves money and creates jobs;
jobs for the people who conduct audits or carry out retrofits, for those who
install solar or geothermal equipment as well as people specializing in energy
efficient construction. Also, when people reduce energy consumption by
installing new insulation in homes; it creates work for local companies.
    The Act would make Ontario a leader in North America in building
renewable energy, encouraging energy conservation and creating green jobs.

    The bill would also help the government ensure our province's future by:

    -   Supporting and expanding economic investment, thus building a
        stronger, greener economy with an estimated 50,000+ direct and
        indirect jobs over the next three years

    -   Expanding Ontario's use of clean and renewable sources of energy
        such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas, and

    -   Better protecting our environment, combating climate change and
        creating a healthier future for generations to come.

    Premier McGuinty made the comments while addressing the London Chamber of


    "Ontario has worked very hard over the past five years to become a
leading jurisdiction in energy conservation. We have made good progress, but
more can be done, and there are big savings to be found in making our
buildings more efficient," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    "Energy efficiency is about more than just turning off lights. A true
conservation culture has to be built in to the way we do business, and The
Green Energy Act would ensure that energy efficiency is a top priority," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.


    -   In California over the last 30 years, close to half of all
        electricity savings occurred as a result of improved building codes
        and equipment performance standards.
    -   The 2006 changes to the Building Code made Ontario a leader in Canada
        in energy efficiency for buildings.
    -   Ontario has one of the most aggressive targets in North America to
        reduce peak electricity demand - Between 2004 and 2007, Ontario
        reduced its peak electricity demand by five per cent, or
        1,350 megawatts.
    -   Ontario's Home energy savings program provides homeowners with up to
        $150 towards the cost of a home energy audit
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=7b78837f9298056) and up
        to $10,000 in combined provincial and federal rebates for retrofits
        that address energy issues identified in the audit
    -   Heating and cooling your home accounts for about 60 per cent of
        energy costs.


    Find out how you can save energy at home

    Read more about Ontario's energy system and efforts to promote
    green energy (http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/).

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