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Hydro-Quebec aims to “rally the residential construction market”

November 25, 2014 - Hydro-Quebec says it hopes to “rally the residential construction market” by helping builders distinguish themselves and gain a competitive advantage that will add value to their projects through the Efficient Homes Program, which encourages Quebec builders of single-family homes to install efficient products.

November 26, 2014  By  Anthony Capkun

The Efficient Homes Program is designed to be simple, says the utility; signing up is “quick and free of charge” for builders. The program has two components.

#1 – Efficient Homes offers a promotional incentive of up to $5000 for the construction of model homes that include the energy efficiency measures targeted by the program.

#2 – The program allows builders to accumulate points for each efficient home sold. These per-sale reward points will give builders access to customized promotional material to showcase the work of participants.

The program targets five basic measures:


• Energy Star-qualified windows
• Energy Star-qualified LED bulbs
• Electronic thermostats
• Three-element water heaters
• Outlet for electric vehicle charging station

The program also features two optional measures:

• Drain water heat recovery
• Geothermal systems

These energy-efficient measures are an inexpensive improvement compared to conventional products or standard practices in effect, insists Hydro-Quebec.

Interested? Builders who sign up by December 1, 2014, could win a trip to Baie James.

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