In its 2007 Energy Plan, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador set energy efficiency at the heart of the province’s energy policy. Recognizing that energy efficiency is fundamental to long-term economic growth and environmental sustainability, the provincial government committed to developing a detailed plan for energy conservation and efficiency, including priorities and targets.
In 2011, the provincial government released Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan. In the Action Plan, the provincial government committed to “examine the case for adopting new national energy codes for buildings in Newfoundland and Labrador in collaboration with key stakeholders” given the release of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in 2011.
In order to better understand the NECB in the context of buildings typical of the province, and the potential opportunities and challenges associated with it for Newfoundland and Labrador, the provincial government commissioned Caneta to assess the energy performance and cost-benefit analysis for five archetype buildings for NECB Climate Zone 6 (which includes about 60% of the province’s population), and to consult with local stakeholders to determine an appropriate baseline for the analyses. Five building types were selected to reflect private sector construction in the province; office, multi-unit residential (MURB), box retail store, full service restaurant and warehouse.
The resulting project report is publicly available and can be found on our list of publications.
- Determination of current building practice characteristics
- Energy modelling
- Cost-benefit analysis
- Stakeholder consultation