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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.


Webinar Recordings

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


Session 2: Introduction to Zero Energy Buildings  | July 16, 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

Community Residents

Maintenance and Operations Staff



Guides and Website Resources

New Construction


Selecting a Contractor

Home Maintenance

Checklists and Infographics

New poster! Making the Links Between Energy Efficiency and Health


Click to open Pembina Institute infographic



Community Energy

Housing Policy

  • Housing Policy Toolkit 3.0: The Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council has released a new Housing Toolkit available at no cost to Canadian First Nations. Housing Policy Toolkit 3.0 is designed to provide a comprehensive, integrated and flexible solution for the housing policy development process.


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.



Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.