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1 November 2023
The Energy Star Portfolio Manager Support Program offers incentives to co-ops that create an Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) account and share their data with our organizations. It is a partnership of CHF BC and Vancity.
Co-ops who are Vancity members. could access up to $500.
18 October 2023
Mini-split heating and cooling systems are a reliable and energy-efficient solution. They can enhance comfort and air quality while reducing energy costs and providing flexibility in how you heat and cool your co-op’s homes.
Also known as ductless mini-split systems, they are a popular option for residential and business heating and cooling needs.
1 September 2023
CHF BC’s Active Resilient Communities program provides a series of facilitated conversations and support to help co-ops develop a grounded vision for the future and an action plan to reach that vision.
We are excited to start offering this program to member housing co-ops across B.C.
28 July 2023
CHF BC’s free energy benchmarking program is up and running. And now, for most member co-ops, there’s a direct financial benefit to participation.
CHF BC has always been able to assist setting up accounts without charge, but Vancity has partnered with us to allow grants to be distributed for participation. If your non-profit housing co-op is a Vancity member, it may be eligible for up to $500.
18 July 2023
CHF BC and CHF Canada embrace the internationally recognized co-op principles: democratic member control, education and training, and autonomy are all vital, but Principle #6, co-operation among co-operatives, is one we like to highlight.
Recently, staff members from CHF BC’s Planning and Renewal team had a chance to meet with our counterparts at the national federation, including the Regional Energy Coach, when they were visiting Vancouver.
26 June 2023
CMHC recently announced the Canada Greener Affordable Housing program (CGAH). The program focuses on supporting deep energy retrofits for existing multi-unit residential buildings. The goal is to see buildings achieve near net zero emissions.
As with all CMHC programs, there are multiple eligibility criteria, but the most critical are the very ambitious targets for energy consumption reductions and emissions.
12 December 2022
As part of its Climate Emergency Action Plan, the City of Vancouver will assisting residents in multi-family buildings, with programs to aid with access to retrofits that support emission reductions.
12 September 2022
We’re pleased to announce a new service to help CHF BC members measure and track energy use.
"Benchmarking" may not sound that exciting, but it’s definitely something we’re thinking about and excited to promote. It fits well with our shared concern for environmental sustainability.
3 December 2021
CHF BC would like to announce two recent additions to our staff team: Saurabh Parnami and Yuri Artibise. We looking forward to working with them as they contribute to our work in representing and serving our members. Saurabh Parnami – Asset Management Program Analyst Saurabh is an outcome-driven professional with both creative and analytical capabilities. … Continued
17 October 2018
Good news for co-ops with active, federally-administered operating agreements! Co-ops with a Section 95, ILM or Section 61 agreement are eligible to apply to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for funding to “help complete activities that will allow them to transition to a more viable and sustainable model.” This means there’s money available to … Continued
20 February 2017
The announcement last year of CMHC’s Reno/Retro grant program attracted a lot of attention among housing co-operatives in BC and across the country. More than forty co-ops in BC made…
14 February 2017
Our Housing Central partner, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, is running a Discover Energy Savings Challenge. All non-profit housing providers and co-ops are eligible to participate.Do you plan to: