April 11, 2007 13:00 ET

TIM-BR Mart Makes it Easier for Homeowners to Upgrade Energy Efficiency With EnerGrade

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, acknowledged TIM-BR MART'S EnerGrade initiative today during the launch of the federal government's ecoENERGY RetroFit 'Open for Business', event held at Standard Building Supplies, a TIM-BR MART affiliate in North Vancouver. ecoENERGY RetroFit for Homes is a grant program intended to help over 140,000 property owners make retrofit choices that improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their home.

EnerGrade is a comprehensive program developed by TIM-BR MART to provide their retailers with resource and training tools to assist homeowners contemplating an energy efficiency upgrade. EnerGrade ensures employees of select TIM-BR MART affiliates are able to:

- Help homeowners understand the types of renovation projects that will upgrade their home's energy efficiency

- Help homeowners navigate the ecoENERGY Retrofit program and various provincial energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs, including introducing homeowners to NRCan-licensed energy advisors

- Facilitate installation of projects with qualified contractors

"TIM-BR MART has identified EnerGrade as a fundamental element of our brand," says Steve Stremecki, Vice-President, Retail of Calgary based TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. "EnerGrade isn't just another service like delivery or key cutting - EnerGrade is the foundation of the TIM-BR MART brand. Manager and employee training has been identified as the single largest factor of EnerGrade's success, and our store owners and staff are committed to helping our customers upgrade the energy efficiency of their home - from information to installation. Staff training will be completed over the coming weeks, so homeowners will be able to walk into a TIM-BR MART almost anywhere in Canada and get the information they need to make their energy efficiency upgrade easy and more affordable."

"TIM-BR MARTS are owned by people who live and work in their communities," notes Tim Urquhart, President of TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. "Our customers rely on TIM-BR MART to help them build and renovate affordably and with the right tools and materials for the task. Helping our customers navigate the ecoENERGY Retrofit grant program, and making it and the various provincial energy upgrade incentive programs more accessible to homeowners, is a natural extension of our business."


Based in Calgary with corporate offices in Toronto and Halifax, TIM-BR MART is Canada's largest co-operative building materials buying group, representing a network of over 600 independently owned locations and over $3.4 billion in retail sales. Most retail stores are either fully branded TIM-BR MART or co-branded TIM-BR MART and their local identity.

To learn more about TIM-BR MART, visit our website at www.timbrmart.ca.

For additional information email communications@timbrmart.ca

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