Rebates offered to “green” home builders
Homebuilders in the Township of Langley, B.C. can receive up to $1,500 in building permit rebates if they build to EnerGuide standards.
Under the Township’s voluntary Green Building Rebate Program, energy efficient new construction and home renovations are eligible for the partial rebate of building permit fees.
The Green Building Rebate Program encourages the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the life cycle operation of a home. Township expects the construction of more than 1,500 dwelling units per year over the next decade, so there is significant potential to reduce energy use and GHG emissions through energy efficient building practices, the city says.
Canada’s EnerGuide rating system is used as a standard measure of a home’s energy performance. Homes that match the EnerGuide rating system, or that meet other high performance standards such as Energy Star or Passive House, can benefit from the program’s building permit rebates. Rebates are offered in the amounts of up to $1,500 new single-family houses, and multi-family projects can receive up to $500 per unit. Renovations are assessed based on their improved EnerGuide rating for decreased energy consumption, and can receive up to $750 in rebates.
The Township also currently provides financial support with the costs of involving an energy adviser with new construction or renovation projects.
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