Here are some learning resources and templates to help in community work to reduce home energy consumption:
For further inspiration, please visit our Community Successes page.
The Fraser Basin Council hosts webinars as part of the First Nations Home EnergySave program. Some are featured on this page, and you find a playist on FBC's YouTube channel. Check it out:
Home EnergySave Webinar Playlist
To learn about upcoming webinars, please subscribe to our mailing list.
Train the Trainer Webinar Video Series
In 2021-2022 the Fraser Basin Council and Richard Hall, an experienced Red Seal carpenter and builder of Nuxalk Nation, delivered Train-the-Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency, a project in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. This video series was a feature — take a look!
Session 1 Video: House as a System | June 25, 2021
This video, hosted by BCIT, is not available for general access.
Session 3: Resilient and Affordable Building Design | August 6, 2021
Session 4: Building Condition Assessments | August 27, 2021
Richard and Friends Home Construction Video Series (2022)
Richard Hall of Nuxalk Nation has 35 years of experience in Indigenous housing as a Red Seal carpenter / builder, a capital project and housing manager, a housing consultant and building inspector. He is now designing affordable, sustainable and-efficient homes that complement the climates of British Columbia's west coast and that suit the cultural lifestyles of First Peoples.
Check out the "Richard and Friends" intro — and other videos in the series, linked below.
All Episodes of Richard and Friends
Richard and Friends Episode 1: Introduction
Richard and Friends Episode 2: Building Science
Richard and Friends Episode 3: Plumbing
Richard and Friends Episode 4: Ventilation
Richard and Friends Episode 5: Wood-burning Appliances
Richard and Friends Episode 6: Rainscreens
Home EnergySave Podcast Series (2021)
The First Nations Home EnergySave podcast was a special 12-part series to support BC First Nations in their work to provide people healthy, affordable and energy efficient housing. The podcast was developed in 2021 by the Fraser Basin Council and SES Consulting.
Join host Darla Simpson and her colleagues as they share their experience and expertise on home energy topics and practical tips for Housing, Asset and Energy Managers to support their communities. The podcast covers energy-efficient technologies, energy management strategies and collaborative work with residents. It's available here and via the Apps Store, Google Play, Spotify and other podcatchers.
Communications and Outreach Templates
Here are some helpful templates for download:
Chiefs and Council
Maintenance and Operations Staff
Guides and Website Resources
Selecting a Contractor
Checklists and Infographics
External Training Courses
BCIT Course CESA 1005 - Zero Energy Buildings All-In-One: Fundamentals, Airtightness, Assemblies, and Mechanicals
This course provides a comprehensive study of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) to ensure that that builders, designers, consultants and tradespeople have the applied knowledge to build to the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code, Net-Zero Energy or the Passive House standard. Check with BCIT on when it will be offered next.