Regulations Update
December 18, 2018 – The 27th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) has been finalized with updates, is now available as a tool and will come into regulatory effect on May 16, 2019.
January 6, 2017 - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) says it applauds the publication of the new Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016 – Amendment 13, by Natural Resources Canada, as it will "increase energy performance for many household appliances", including refrigerators and freezers, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and room air-conditioners.  
July 11, 2016 - Ontario’s new Climate Change Action Plan promises to ensure proceeds from the province’s recently finalized cap-and-trade program are invested “in a transparent and accountable way” back into projects that will help households and businesses save on their energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
May 5, 2016 - The Government of Canada says it is taking “tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency [...] by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations”.
February 9, 2016 - A newly published document from ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) gives energy efficiency standard users immediate access to an optional third path for compliance.
May 14, 2015 - The Manitoba government has approved changes to the Building Code, claiming it will result in new homes being nearly 20% more energy efficient.
April 15, 2015 - The recent update to the B.C. Building Code included a variety of changes aimed at improving the comfort and efficiency of new homes in the province. And it's also causing a bit of apprehension.
January 9, 2015 - The Yukon government has accepted recommendations made by an advisory committee for the application of new, national energy efficiency standards in the territory.
November 25, 2014 - To help support better building practices—including improved energy efficiency in homes—British Columbia’s Rich Coleman, minister responsible for housing, announced four updates to the BC Building Code today.
December 6, 2013 - On December 20, 2013, new energy efficiency requirements for the BC Building Code will come into effect. Developers will have a choice of energy efficiency standards for complex buildings (Part 3), which include large residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, says the province, noting this does not include houses or small buildings.
April 12, 2013 - Belimo claims its new Zip economizing solution gets efficiency strategies back on track with easy setup, automatic code change over temperatures, and superior troubleshooting capability. Users type in their postal code to set up economizer operation for compliance with: ASHRAE 90.1 - Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; IECC - International Energy Conservation Code; and NECB - National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. The Zip Economizer features a LCD display with live status information and operating history; plug-and-play operability; and Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD).
February 25, 2013 - Now open for public review are the proposed changes to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard which will require automatic lighting controls in more space types and shorten the times before lighting is automatically reduced or shut off.
January 24, 2013 - Have your say—up until February 3, 2013, addendum cs to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is open for advisory public review.
January 7, 2013 - Chiller efficiencies for air and water cooled chillers would be boosted to more than 20% under a proposed addendum to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard.
December 6, 2012 - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today touted projections in a new report by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) showing that combining building efficiency improvements (made possible by innovations in chemistry, adds ACC) with lower-carbon fuels could lead to a 41% reduction in energy use.
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