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Energy-Efficient Housing Policy
- Kitasoo First Nation: The Kitasoo / Xai'xais First Nation has a small community-owned hydro plant powers the village, which is backed up with a diesel generator. To accommodate for the future growth, the nation explored ways to reduce the community’s electricity demand and developed Energy Efficiency Housing Policy. The housing policy has been approved by the Kitasoo Band Council. Kitasoo Energy Efficient Housing Policy and Implementation process webinar recording is available on the FBC youtube channel.
Home and Building Renovations
- Osoyoos Indian Band: In the face of rising rates and utility bills, Osoyoos Indian Band partnered with FortisBC to encourage their community members to get involved in the Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP offered residents a free home assessment and measures to reduce energy consumption. Osoyoos Indian Band was successful in getting 100% of their low-income homes and 51% of band-owned and privately owned homes to participate. Hear how they did it in this webinar recording.
- Kwadacha Nation: In 2014 Kwadacha Nation, one of BC’s most isolated communities, upgraded 11 homes as a community pilot project on energy efficiency; the result was reduced energy consumption, an average of 37% in the first year and $2,000 per year savings for each participating household. More information on this pilot is available through Kwadacha Nation Energy Conservation Program report and First Nations Housing - Saving Money and Energy (webinar recording)
- Old Massett Village Council (Haida Nation): Old Massett Village Council reduced the cost of operating the community’s adult day centre by over $2,000 per year through various improvements — solar roof panels, better insulation, improved thermostat control, more efficient lighting, EnergyStar appliances, a change in heating system and more.
- T’sou-ke First Nation: T’sou-ke First Nation installed solar hot water systems on 40 houses and introduced a comprehensive energy conservation program for community members. T’sou-ke First Nation was named Canada’s first Aboriginal solar community. Learn about details of the community’s journey to become solar powered. Check out these great videos for more details on this project: Using Solar Energy to Strive for Net-Zero and A Leader in the Innovative Use of Renewable Energy in Canada.
- Yale First Nation: When Yale First Nation decided to invest in building new rental housing, they turned to Britco, a modular building company, to construct a sixplex that meets the highly energy efficient Passive House standards. The modular homes were prefabricated in Britco's facility and then transported to Yale First Nation, in a process that took 5 months. You can hear more about this project in this webinar recording.
- Seabird Island Sustainable Community: The Seabird Island Band (Sto:lo) completed an innovative community development project in 2003. Energy-efficiency and sustainability features included solar roofs, earth-tubes, recycled heat energy, use of recycled plastic, wind energy, high-performance windows and concrete slab floors. The project also offered opportunities to foster local capacity and skills.
- Penticton Indian Band EcoSage Project: The Penticton Indian Band participated in a pilot project (completed 2014) to expand housing through construction of eight high-efficiency homes. These were constructed to optimize use of space, minimize maintenance and make use of natural passive energy.
- Clayoquot Sound First Nations: The EcoTrust Green and Culturally Appropriate Building Design Project helped in the design of homes for Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The project took into account cultural elements such as traditional long house design and use of cedar and other local harvested materials.
- Ucluelet First Nation: A housing development of Ucluelet First Nation used recycled materials and relied on local labour to lower the building costs. Insulated concrete form walls helped with high energy efficiency, durability, and mold prevention.
- Hesquiaht First Nation Place of Learning: Hesquiaht First Nation built a combined community centre, school and post-disaster facility with the use of local labour and resources. Sustainability features included solar-heated rainwater to power a geothermal heating system and wind power for natural air ventilation.