Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing

May 21, 2009 14:14 ET

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation Unveils Plan for Near Zero Energy Retrofit Pilot of a Wartime Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - Ottawa Community Housing, The Now House Project and Hydro Ottawa have teamed up on an energy saving project for a wartime bungalow in Ottawa's Overbrook community. Once retrofit, the house is expected to have zero energy cost, reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10 tonnes and provide a comfortable, healthy home for many years to come. The house is one of four owned by community housing organizations across the province that have been targeted for energy retrofits as part of the 2nd annual Energy Conservation Week. An unveiling event is scheduled for May 22, 2009.

"This house will not only be extremely energy efficient, it will also generate much of its own electricity using rooftop solar panels," said David Mckendry, Hydro Ottawa's Director of Customer Care and Conservation. "It's a wonderful example of how we can improve the environmental performance of existing housing stock through a combination of conservation and renewable generation, and we're proud to play a role in making it happen."

"As we renovate our houses, we try to reduce energy use and lower operating costs." said Denis Chartrand, Vice Chair, Ottawa Community Housing. "The Now House project is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from the hands-on experience we will gain on whole house energy saving measures and on retrofitting with renewable energy".

"The energy audit of the Beaudry Street house showed a typical outcome for a home of this era," said Lorraine Gauthier, President, The Now House Project. "Starting with that as a benchmark, we developed a number of retrofit scenarios with varying degrees of energy reduction for the OCH team to review. The near zero energy approach they have selected will be a useful demonstration for future application in their portfolio and for other community housing organizations in Ontario."

The objective of Energy Conservation Week is to raise awareness and encourage broad participation in energy conservation across Ontario. OCH's wartime home energy retrofit is one of four across the province with other projects in Windsor, Kitchener, and Toronto. The four projects are sponsored by Ontario Power Authority.

To find out more about The Now House Project and activities during Energy Conservation Week, go to

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About OCH

Ottawa Community Housing provides affordable rental housing to approximately 32,000 residents. The Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 14,783 units for seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities.

About Now House™

The Now House Project promotes energy efficient improvements in existing houses in Canada through near zero energy home retrofits, community outreach, demonstration projects and low carbon campaigns. Now House was the vision of Work Worth Doing, a design consultancy that works in collaboration with experts in many fields to create positive social and environmental change. The first Now House is located in the wartime housing community of Topham Park, Toronto. More Now Houses are underway with community housing organizations in Windsor, Kitchener, Toronto and Ottawa.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 291,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. Hydro Ottawa is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE®, a program developed in partnership with the Ontario Government and five other electricity distribution companies to promote energy conservation to consumers, reduce the overall demand for electricity and build a conservation culture meant to last for years to come.

About Energy Conservation Week

The Ontario Power Authority's second annual Energy Conservation Week is scheduled for May 17 - 23, 2009. The goal of the week is to demonstrate the importance of energy conservation in a grassroots, province-wide program. With peak demand summer months fast approaching, Energy Conservation Week will engage thousands of Ontarians in energy conservation at home. You're invited to join in.

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