Archived Webinars

Affordable Energy Canada’s ongoing webinar series bring together Canadian and international experts in the fields of energy poverty and affordable retrofits to share best practices and create opportunities for networking and education.

Below you will find archived sessions from our webinar series. In order to view these archived sessions, any pop-up blockers on your computer must be disabled. To ensure compatibility, please run our short Wimba Compatibility Check. 

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Alternatives to Smart Metering: Presented by consumer affairs consultant Barbara Alexander, this webinar drew on recent U.S experience to look at the impacts of smart metering on low income communities, presenting alternate models to incentivize conservation.

Community Champions, Engaging Low Income Customers in Conservation: Presented by Keir Brownstone, Executive Director of GLOBE, this webinar presented GLOBE’s tenant engagement program, which works to foster a culture of conservation within Social Housing Services Corporation multi-unit residences.

Building Capacity for Affordable Retrofits: This presentation by Mitch Miller of  the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Corporation discusses mechanisms to ensure quality control in low income retrofit settings, with a focus on lessons learned from the recent U.S expansion of low income retrofit programs under the federal stimulus package.

Creating Jobs through Affordable Retrofits: Shaun Loney presents Warm Up Winnipeg, a program that marries job training with low income retrofits in Winnipeg’s north end. With a focus on providing employment training and support to urban aboriginals with multiple barriers to employment and a commitment to saving low income households money through retrofits, Warm Up Winnipeg provides an example of real innovation in the low income retrofit sector.

Community Wide Retrofits – Lessons from Kirklees Warm Zone: Bill Edrich, Executive Director of Yorkshire Energy Services presented on Kirklee’s Warm Zone, an award winning community-wide retrofit model in Yorkshire, England. This approach moves away from traditional approaches to residential retrofits targeting individual homeowners and seeks economies of scale and greater participation through a community-wide approach.

Community-Wide Retrofits, Program Design Elements: This webinar provided an in-depth look at program design elements in the Kirklee’s Warm Zone project, presented by Bill Edrich for the City of Toronto.

Smart Metering Initiatives in Ontario:  This session included presentations by Kalub Ruch from the Ministry of Energy, Brian Hewson from the Ontario Energy Board, and Mary Todorow of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Low-Income Energy Network, in a discussion around the development and implementation of Ontario’s smart metering initiative. The session focused on policy rationale and goals of the initiative, the current status of the rollout of the Smart Meters in Ontario, the various players and their roles, and the impact of Smart Meters on low-income consumers.

Suite Metering Initiatives in Ontario: With presentations by Kaleb Ruch of the Ministry of Energy, Sonya Rolfe from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Brian Hewson from the Ontario Energy Board and Karen Andrews & Mary Todorow from the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Low-Income Energy Network, this webinar focused on the Ontario government’s decision to include the multi-residential sector in Ontario’s Smart Meter initiative.

Introduction to Tower Retrofits:  Presented by Bryan Purcell, the Manager of Incubation and Social Innovation at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF). TAF is an arm’s length agency of the City of Toronto with a mandate to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through its TowerWise program, TAF has worked with building owners and managers across the Greater Toronto Area to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings and new construction projects. This presentation will provide an overview of the business case for energy efficiency investments, a description of the most common energy efficiency upgrades and technologies, case studies of successful projects, and a summary of available financing options. Finally the presentation will discuss the importance of actively monitoring your building’s energy performance over time, and keeping your building ‘in-tune’.

Managing the Retrofit Process: Presented by Andy Taylor, a
project manager and partner with Weinstein Taylor and Associates, a
mechanical/electrical engineering firm specializing in the engineering of mechanical retrofits for large residential and commercial buildings. This presentation will provide an overview of the process of managing a project from the point of view of the property manager. It covers subjects such as selecting a consultant, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, tendering the work, cash allowances, awarding the contract, bonding and insurance, payments, the Construction Lien Act and closing out the job

An Introduction to Tower Re-Skinning: Retrofitting and re-skinning involves the implementation of design solutions to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of older, energy-inefficient buildings.  These are projects that update older buildings to bring their carbon, energy, and water performance to sustainable levels, improve their aesthetics, and make them “smarter.” This webinar will look at what re-skinning means, how it can transform the environmental footprint of a building, and how re-skinning can be a key tool to make our cities more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change, presenting examples of best practices drawn from past winners in the residential tower category of the Zerofootprint Reskinning Awards. Presented by Ron Dembo, of the Zerofootprint Reskinning Awards.

Non-Energy Benefits of Low Income Energy Efficiency: Presented by Theo McGregor and Jerrold Oppenheim, this webinar looks at mechanisms for measuring and incorporating non-energy benefits into our analysis of low income energy efficiency programs. Based on McGregor and
Oppenheim’s experience working with Massachusetts public utilities.

Healthy Retrofits: The Case for Better Integration of Children’s Environmental Health Protection into Energy Efficiency Programs Cathy Cooper of the Canadian Environmental Law Association will present the results of CELA’s recent Healthy Retrofits report, focusing on the risks of indoor air contaminant exposure during the retrofit process. Please see the full report on the Resources page. Unfortunately, no archive is available for this session, but the slides are linked above. 

The Scotland Home Insulation Scheme: Laura McGadie of Energy Savings Trust Scotland will present the Scotland Home Insulation Scheme, a national community-wide retrofit program working to bring energy efficiency into Scottish homes, reducing energy poverty and fuel costs.

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