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Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...Ontario government has made it one of their priorities to encourage the green tech industry in Ontario and the development of renewable energy projects across the province. As part of this initiative, they have developed a program which allows citizens to connect their renewable energy projects to the provincial ener...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...Ontario homes. The approach is intended to facilitate a smooth transition to greener technologies, not slam one door shut before others are opened. The five-year Action Plan is based on the 2015 Ontario Strategy on Climate Change. In May 2016, Ontario passed a historic law to help mitigate climate change and move towar...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...Ontario – to achieve LEED® certification. Bluewater Health’s construction of a 588,000-square-foot complex at the hospital’s Sarnia location consisted of a new addition attached to the fully renovated existing facility. Led by London-based contractor, EllisDon Corporation, the construction was the largest public sect...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...Ontario and Canada meet its climate change targets, this will save homeowners money on utilities as well as increase the value of homes that take advantage of the assistance offered. The Home Energy Transparency Coalition applauds the Ontario government for taking a bold step in the fight against climate change. About ...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...Ontario.© Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Sh...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...Ontario-based environmental consulting company that works with builders, developers and product manufacturers to help make their products, services and policies more sustainable. Their software program is free and refreshingly easy to use.

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...Ontario Government on a pilot project for the St. Laurence river starting in 2015. To be located on the Canadian side, the St. Laurence river project will begin with the installation of two turbines that it is estimated will provide Cornwall, Ontario with 110 Kilowatts of power. Studies of fish habitat in the East ...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Ontario: Ontario MicroFIT program: Ontario is a leader in encouraging micro energy generation projects. The FIT program (Feed-In-Tariff) pays you a nice sum for power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...Ontario logs came down the Ottawa River headed for that same mill. Along the Ottawa River and its tributaries is where Logs End operates, a salvage company that has been diving down and hauling up 19th century timber since 1997. "There are some areas where logs are hard to find, others where they are lying on top o...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Ontario Building Code has only a short section stating that dense-blown cellulose meets code, Section 9.25.2.2, but offers very few details or further explanation. Gene Goodreau, CEO of Eco Insulation in southern Ontario says that one of the biggest problems he faces is the resistance by both builders and inspectors ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Ontario if you have a south facing roof you are guaranteed to save or make money. Ontario buys power back for more than the market cost per kilowatt hour of installation. New innovations in nanotechnology look quite promising, which will make panels significantly smaller, thinner, more efficient, and less expensive. ...