Green Building Policy & Programs


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Overview of effective green building policy and related programs. This presentation was delivered in the "Green Profit" conference in Kingston, ON to an audience of policy makers, researchers, ENGO's, and industry. I was invited to speak about the trends I see in the policy world, and to educate listeners about what existing policies are present, how they are being used, what is coming in the future, how to change policy to increase effectiveness of encouraging more green buildings to be built, and similar items.

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  • Tom Carpenter Wants: 1) Discuss Green Bldgs and discuss it future 2) Discuss existing programs to help people achieve their GB goals 3) Open panel discussions
  • Key point:For no more than a couple % on the price (which amounts to pennies/day, or few dollars/month), you get a LOT MORE VALUE, and it pays for itself twice (in resale, and in utility savings)!$$ aside, there are significant soft benefits, like health and comfort.SB: Discussed brieflyThe question this slide answers:CAN I AFFORD IT?Like anything else, the more you invest, the more you get back. LEED® Silver is very affordable (~5% premium and ~4-5 yr. payback), and even Gold isn’t too expensive (~10% for <10yr. payback)Builders we have contact with are telling us that their costs and sale value increases are approximately:E-star: $4k - $5k avg. increase, (~1.6% on a 250k home). E-star increased sale value: same!LEED®-H: “certified” (via US) ~10 - 12% more. LEED “gold” home will be ~25 - 30% (via US). We’ll fix that when we bring it to Canada!LEED®-H increased sale value: __Capital cost impact affected by:LEED target levelSpec flexibility (eg: Green Roof’s are expensive)Building type (ie: how energy efficient was the base design?)Project size (economies of scale): big projects tend to be less expensive on a per unit basisGreen market maturity (in mature markets there is more experience and better availability, thus lower costs)Climate zone (eg: extreme clients have high cost projects, so the incremental costs tend to be less pronounced)Team experienceRegardless, incremental costs tend to be very reasonable.
  • Partnership with a Developer (looking to differentiate), LDC, various RE supply change, city looking to revitalize and a project manager to glue all partners together
  • SB: Community (first and foremost), technology only have building a great community experienceSB: RE Commute: If we all own NZE homes and commute 3 hrs, then we failed. HAVE to build green buildings in green communitiesSB: Able to achieve great things at a community scaleSB: Term smart-washing
  • Experiences not Tech: 1) DON’T: New tech and list the properties of it. Funny thing happens: eyes glaze over and roll into back of head 2) DO sell the experience: SMART controls for sump-pumps (diagnostics SB: People LOVE the “sell experiences, not technology”. Really resonatedWhy to granite/marble sell before green packages? * Experience envy? * Impalpable benefits?
  • “Those who complain the loudest are always the statistical minority”SB: Know when to educate, know when to walk awayStart of a bad joke::Two BANANAs and a NOPE walk into a bar…
  • I want to leave you with one final thought: Would NZE be more resilient to ice storms (need to be!!!)One in 40 year storm - 300,000 homes without power (600k homes in total) - Power lost for one week - 106 million in damages (in TO alone) - Power at peoples door steps * Cant use it cause no distribution * Didn’t take down central distributionWould it have been any different in a NZE community? - Probally not- but it should be! - Importance of have district/distributed systems what work at variable speeds (not a huge peak, run essential equipment)
  • Heating loads of the homes are so small. Don’t need a huge heating systems
  • We’re waiting for a Regulation that offers details about what is “prescribed”: likely to happen shortly after NRCan releases the next generation (updated ) version of EnerGuide (tent. Spring 2014)
  • SB: Backup slide: not discussed
  • Green Building Policy & Programs

    1. 1. Slide © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Scott Bucking, PhD, LEED BD&C S2E Technologies Derek Satnik, P.Eng., LEED® AP Mindscape Innovations Greening Building Programs & Policies Green Profit, Kingston, 2014-03-25
    2. 2. 2 • Introduction • Update on Green Building Policy Programs in Ontario • Path to NZE in Canada • Smart Solar Communities • Communicating the Benefits • Technologies to Watch (if time!)
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    5. 5. Residential Green Building Rating Systems Environmental Performance EnergyPerformance Building Code Bottom 25% & code violators Main- stream 50% LEEDing 25% Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Certified Silver Gold Platinum © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc.
    6. 6. Photo from ICI Green Building Rating Systems Building Code Bottom 25% & code violators Main- stream 50% LEEDing 25% Certified Silver Gold Platinum © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Energy benchmarking: mNECB / ASHRAE LEED NC, CI, CS, EB:O&M Living Building Challenge Environmental Performance EnergyPerformance Portfolio Manager
    7. 7. Costs of a Green Home Healthy Comfortable Durable Energy/Water/Resource Efficient Environmentally Responsible Comfortable Energy Efficient Extra Benefits: Comparison Criterion Code Home ENERGY STAR Home LEED Home Difference ($/month) Sticker Price $300,000 ~$304,000 ~$308,500 $50 to $70 Energy Savings N/A 20-25% 30-70% -$40 to -$60 Water Savings N/A N/A 20-50% -$10 to -$30 Value: Good Better Best No net cost!
    8. 8. 8 Path to Net-Zero Energy EU 2010: Energy Performance Building Directive Nearly Net-Zero Energy Building: Energy consumed for heating and cooling of buildings are reduced to cost optimal levels
    9. 9. 9 A Net-Zero Energy Building generates at least as much renewable energy as it consumes in a given year. Path to Net-Zero Energy
    10. 10. 10 70 acres 2,000 homes 200,000 ft2 offices 150,000 ft2 retail Construction: 2015-2025+
    11. 11. 11 Smart cast a larger net than green: 1) Community: programming and opportunities 2) Mixed Use: Work/Live opportunities 3) Economics: Making NZE affordable 4) Environment: Make it Green too! 5) Convenience: tech/controls to improve occupant experience for all ages! 6) Health and Comfort 7) Energy Resilience
    12. 12. 12 • Sell experiences, not technology • Why do granite countertops and marble back-splashes sell before efficiency packages? • Sales: Cash flow, not life-cycle metrics. • Recognize and respect your audience • Target your messages • Policy Makers: local revenue, job creation, lower GHG emissions, … • Owners: economics, convenience, comfort, health, resilience to brown/black-outs, …
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    15. 15. © Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Mindscape Innovations Group • In this new library of ideas, we’re the librarians. • Turn-key full lifecycle solutions for environmentally and technologically enhanced homes, businesses, and communities. • 15 awards since ‘07, municipal through international • Core enabling services to both the green building sector and the renewable energy sector: • Energy audits, feasibility studies, project management • ENERGY STAR, LEED, BUILT GREEN, etc • grants and incentives, permits and approvals …and much more...
    16. 16. Thank you! Scott Bucking Derek Satnik Big news coming: watch our blog!
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    18. 18. 18 BIPVT improves efficiency to over 55%
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    21. 21. 24 What is a Nearly NZE Building?