Energy Efficiency

Updated CleanBC Roadmap Promises Energy Rating Tool for Homes

This week, the BC Government announced a new CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, with more ambitious commitments to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. As a result of additions in the plan related to the real estate sector, REALTORS® should expect conversations around energy efficiency to become an increasingly important part of your day-to-day interaction

BCREA’s Virtual Government Liaison Days

On May 4 and 5, over 80 attendees from all around BC participated in BCREA’s Government Liaison Days. At this virtual conference, attendees learned about how the government can improve housing supply as well as energy efficiency in homes. REALTORS® then met with their MLAs to discuss the impact in their communities. Energy efficiency Realtors

Federal Budget Recap: Foreign Buyers Tax Concerning, Other Measures Welcomed

On April 19, Canada’s Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland introduced the Liberal government’s first budget since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget provides significant funds to many programs, including several to assist homeowners and renters, increasing the federal deficit by an estimated $382 billion, but also includes measures which are concerning to BCREA.

What to Know About BCREA’s Government Liaison Days Happening in May

Government Liaison (GL) Days is an annual event where REALTORS® meet with MLAs across BC, speaking with a united voice to advocate for key housing-related issues and improving Quality of Life in BC communities. This event has a long history, first taking place in Victoria in 1988. Due to COVID-19, participants won’t be able to

BCREA Launches Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Course

BCREA has launched Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes, a new online, accredited, self-paced course, designed for REALTORS® to learn about the characteristics of a sustainable, energy-efficient home. And explore various sustainability programs (e.g., LEED, R-2000, BC Step Code, Passive House) that go beyond the minimum building code requirements in BC. This course also introduces the “House

Climate Priority for BC Government

Throughout the election campaign, all three main BC parties made promises to be leaders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While all parties agreed incentives for retrofitting homes were important to meet climate change goals, BCREA knows the government needs to make significant improvements if it’s going to meet current carbon reduction targets. Government incentives for

Three Election Questions REALTORS® Can Ask Candidates

BC voters go to the polls on October 24, 2020

As all parties focus on COVID-19 economic recovery in the lead-up to October’s provincial election, BCREA is advocating for market housing affordability to be a key part of the next government’s post-election plans. For BC’s REALTORS®, meeting with candidates is a great opportunity to ask questions and suggest that the next government focuses on these

Planning for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

BCREA’s Recommendations for the Next Provincial Government With British Columbians being asked to head to the polls on October 24, BCREA is advocating with all parties to ensure that market housing affordability is a cornerstone of the province’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made market housing affordability inequities more apparent than ever,”

The BC Energy Step Code and What It Means for REALTORS®

In the coming years, new homes in BC are about to get measurably healthier, quieter, more durable, and more energy efficient than those on the resale market, thanks to a regulation called the BC Energy Step Code. BCREA is collaborating with BC Hydro and the Real Estate Foundation of BC to ensure REALTORS® understand the

A Path to Energy Efficiency

The provincial government’s CleanBC plan has substantial impacts on homeowners through rebates and incentives, free energy coaching, new standards for building upgrades and exploring an energy rating requirement. Introduced in late 2018, the plan aims to help the province achieve its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. BC Budget

ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings

Obtaining an ENERGY STAR certification can be a great way to add value to a listing. They use less energy, cost less to operate, and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. On average, homes with the certification are 20 per cent more energy efficient than new homes, and approximately 83 per cent of Canadians recognize the