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Solar energy from all its angles

Growing renewable energy that has potential!

Winner of all the popularity contests of renewable energies, solar energy still remains a nebulous beauty and little known.  The IMB journal (Inter-Mécanique du Bâtiment) published by CMMTQ (Corporation des Maîtres Mécaniciens en Tuyauterie du Québec) unveils the many facets of solar in an interesting article : imb-mai-2018

To view the latest edition of the journal or to access the archives, consult the http://www.cmmtq.org/fr/imb/accueil-imb/

Importance of support after start-up

Training and support for users

The end user of a system has a major role in the proper functioning

The promises of energy performance of a building can be compromised if users are not aware of their impact on the operation of mechanical systems. In fact, calculated estimations may be difficult to achieve if users do not receive training and reference tools to optimize the use of technologies designed to save energy. A major study conducted by Université Laval researchers shows that the human factor plays a major role in achieving energy consumption targets:

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This is the importance of accompanying occupants by training them on the operation of equipment and monitoring energy consumption to quickly react to the gaps between reality and theory.

Reflection : an important step

False promises at a high price

The return of the heat pump scam

Pythagoras said that “The two shortest and oldest words, yes and no, are those that require the most reflection”. Several solicitors have been masters at using techniques that force rapid decision-making, rarely to the benefit of clients…

The television show La Facture broadcast on January 23 presented a troubling report about the return of the scam in heating and air conditioning, specifically with the heat pump products: http: //ici.radio- canada.ca/nouvelle/1079552/le-retour-de-larnaque-des-thermopompes

A new financing approach!

A step closer to Québec’s energy efficiency

A smart way to value Energy-Efficient Renovations

In 2018, the IFEM pilot project (Innovative Financing for Effective Municipalities) will expand its footprint to all Quebec municipalities! From now on, any energy-efficient project with energy savings of more than 20% will be able to access financing at very low rates! Not only are the rates excellent, but the refunds are applied to the municipal tax bill, which links the investment with the residence rather than with the owner. Thus, on the sale of a residence for which a IFEM loan has been contracted, the former owner is released from the balance to be paid and the latter is taken in charge by the new owner.
This type of financing is very interesting for projects involving geothermal energy, because the savings generated can easily cover loan repayment costs, which greatly democratize access to this advanced technology!

For further details: http://fime.aqme.org/fr/nouvelle/fonds-municipal-vert-le-programme-fime-bientot-accessible-toutes-les-municipalites-du/nouvelles

Alley geothermal systems

CELSIUS, an innovative cooperative project

Using the alleys as an energy source, that’s smart !

Induktion Geothermie is happy and honored to be actively involved in a unique project in North America: heating an urban district using a geothermal system installed in the alleys. Urban remains of the 19th century, alleys have always been spaces used by citizens in their vicinity, but are often more or less cared for and maintained. For more than 25 years, efforts have been made to allow residents to reclaim their spaces and include them in their living areas. The concept of “green alley” is part of this movement.

Another step has been taken in this movement of reappropriation of these under-exploited spaces: using alleyways as “community” energy sources. Setting underground heating networks that allow all surrounding citizens (residential, corporate or institutional) to benefit from geothermal technology, that’s smart! It was not enough to think about it, it was necessary to mobilize the citizens and to undo the paradigms, which the Solon organization knew how to do masterfully.

Then came the Celsius project (http://www.solon-collectif.org/celsius/), strongly carried by a handful of enthusiasts who attracted in their lap first-class players who, too, believe that this project can be a turning point for the energy future in the Province of Quebec.

An article in the Métro Journal also discusses this promising project: http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/1277563/trois-ruelles-de-rosemont-chaufferont-des-maisons/#

Financial incentives to build GREEN houses

Incentives for the construction of ecofriendly residences

Are you building a home with energy efficiency certification?

With a mortgage loan from Desjardins, you can get a cash back up to $ 2,000 on the purchase of a new home that is LEED, Novoclimat 2.0 or ENERGY STAR certified. Complementarily, this offer also gives access to the best mortgage rate of the financial institution! This program is unrecognized and the financial institution is eager to conclude with the builders for further promotion.

Another underutilized program is Green House, with a 15% or 25% mortgage insurance premium refund for CMHC insured mortgages. For new homes, CMHC recognizes such certifications as LEED, Novoclimat, ENERGY STAR and R-2000.

http://www.acqconstruire.com/dossiers/1823-dossier-maisons-ecoenergetiques-de-l-aide-financiere-pour-construire-vert?utm_source=infolettre_dec6&utm_medium=Dossier_DeLaideFinancierePourConstruireVert&utm_campaign=Construire

Renovate without going into debt

Notice to the citizens of Varennes , Vercheres and Plessisville !

As part of an innovative pilot project , these three municipalities finance at low interest all ecological renovations ( geothermal in particular ) and associate the loan with the property and not with the owner. Thus, if a homeowner takes out a loan and sells his property before full discharge of the debt, it remains associated with the property and the new owners will continue to pay the running debt. A significant advantage of this method is that there is no reason not to perform ecological renovations just because one will sell its home in the coming years !

http://www.lapresse.ca/maison/renovation/201606/27/01-4995748-renover-vert-sans-sendetter.php

 

RénoVert, the green tax credit!

After LogiRénov which ended in July 2015, here’s RénoVert!

Homeowners constructed before 2015 can take advantage of another tax credit for some renovations.

A series of works are eligible, as improving the insulation of his house or his chalet, replace its heating system, install a new water heater or get new doors and windows.

Up to 100 000 Quebecers could benefit from it over the next year.

This refundable tax credit is 20%, but it doesn’t apply to the first $ 2,500. For a $ 5000 work by a recognized contractor, the tax credit will be $ 500 (20% of $ 2500).

The credit is limited to $ 10 000. To reach the limit, an owner must carry out eligible works up to $ 52 500 by September 30, 2017.

To take advantage of the RénoVert tax credit, an agreement with a contractor must be concluded before April 1, 2017.

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