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Innovative clean buildings funded around B.C.

Innovative clean buildings funded around B.C.

September 19, 2020 at 11:20 am  BC, News, Politics

The CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF) is providing support to 13 projects throughout the Province and receiving $8 million for a second intake as part of British Columbia’s Economic Recovery Plan.

“With this fund, we are investing in innovative projects that will reduce pollution and increase energy efficiency in our homes and buildings – and we’re boosting local economies,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “These 13 projects across the province are great examples of how made-in-B.C. innovations are putting us on the path to a cleaner, better future.”

The CBBIF supports the commercialization and demonstration of energy-efficient and low-carbon building products and technologies made in British Columbia. The second intake will open in October 2020 and builds on the success of $1.65 million distributed to 13 projects in the province in 2019. 

“Great design and innovation are resulting in better, more energy-efficient buildings showing the world that people in B.C. are hard at work as we respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change and economic recovery,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Our economic recovery will be stronger as a result of the investment we are all making to reduce emissions and build a better, cleaner B.C. for everyone.”

This funding is part of BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, which outlines government’s next steps moving forward from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The plan outlines historic new investments in health care, getting people back to work, supporting businesses and helping communities.

Winton Homes in Prince George was one of the successful 13 projects, receiving $250,000 to manufacture highly energy-efficient prefabricated wall, floor and roof assemblies suitable for the northern B.C. climate. CORE Energy Recovery Solutions was another recipient, awarded $200,000 for the development of high-efficiency heat and energy recovery ventilators for moderate and cold climate zones.

The second intake of the CBBIF will provide funding through four different streams:

  • material, component and system manufacturing (up to $1,000,000 per project)   
  • digital technology solutions (up to $500,000 per project)
  • demonstration projects (up to $250,000 per project)
  • open call for innovations (up to $500,000 per project)

CleanBC commits the Province to achieving ambitious greenhouse gas targets, while simultaneously supporting a vibrant economy for British Columbia. The CBBIF supports these goals by helping the building sector to develop innovative and affordable energy-efficient and low-carbon building solutions.  

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

Learn More:

To learn more about the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/electricity-alternative-energy/energy-efficiency-conservation/programs/cleanbc-building-innovation-fund

To learn how CleanBC puts B.C. on the path to a cleaner, better future, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/

For a backgrounder with the successful CleanBC Building Innovation Fund projects from the first intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.09.21_%20CBBIF_Recipients.pdf

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