Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 14, 2010 20:35 ET

Environment Canada Receives International Award for Advancing Clean Technology with Zero Energy Housing Projects

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, accepted the International Star (I-Star) of Energy Efficiency Award from the Washington D.C.-based Alliance to Save Energy this evening. Environment Canada and Efficiency New Brunswick were jointly awarded the I-Star award for pioneering creative energy efficiency programs and solutions throughout Canada.

"We are working closely with our industry and international partners to demonstrate the role that zero energy housing can play in contributing to global greenhouse gas emission reductions," said Minister Prentice. "The Canadian-led demonstration projects currently underway in China and Mexico will help these major emerging economies to optimize performance of efficient buildings that integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy in a way that is both technically-feasible and cost-effective."

Environment Canada received the award for demonstrating leadership in advancing zero energy housing through the optimization of energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy into residential building design.

Through active participation in key international technology partnerships—including the Asia Pacific Partnership on Climate and Clean Development (APP) and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)—and the Canada-Mexico Partnership, Environment Canada is partnering with the private sector to facilitate the exchange of energy-efficiency information and the development of demonstration homes in Mexico, China, India, Korea and Japan.

As an example, Canada was involved in the development of an international Zero Energy Housing roadmap. This project facilitated the construction of zero energy housing demonstration projects, and allowed APP partner countries to share knowledge and information, and identify different technologies for efficient building design.

As buildings worldwide—including residential housing—account for about 40 percent of global energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, Environment Canada's exemplary work on zero energy housing contributes to the Government of Canada's priority of promoting clean technology and energy efficiency as an important part of addressing climate change and reducing air emissions.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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