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GHG Emission Reduction and Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study Deliverables.


1. Building Characteristics

a. Total Energy Breakdown
b. Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
c. Annual Carbon Emissions
d. Emission Reduction Opportunities/Operational Improvements

e. System Metrics for major equipment including: compressors, pumps, HVAC, dehumidifiers, lighting etc.


2. Methodology (Roadmap)

a. Develop buildings net-zero approach specific to GHG emission reduction, energy efficiency, and renewable/green energy options.

b. Evaluation of NPV (Net Present Value) and comparative costs associated with Business as usual model, and low carbon model to establish a +NPV.


3. Cost Analysis

a. Specific to each building:
i. Heating
ii. Ice resurfacing
iii. Refrigeration
iv. Dehumidification
v. Ventilation
vi. Renewables
vii. Enclosure
viii. Lighting

*This section takes into consideration the anticipated utility rates based on the 3 models (Business as usual, Low carbon without funding, and Low carbon with funding) over the next 30 years.


4. Timeline for Identified Measures

a. A visual breakdown of a community’s pathway to net-zero, in alignment with federal targets.
b. Assistance with Capital Budgeting, and ROI with the Low carbon approach.

c. Life Cycle Cost assumptions.


5. Support

a. Two Design workshops with consultants and community stakeholders.
b. Capital Planning workshop and outline of Project details.
c. Identify funding opportunities with other Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments that the community can use.
d. Application assistance with the CBR grant.



For community rinks and arenas, budgets are often tight, which can make the goal of getting to net-zero emissions seem unattainable. The good news? Whether it’s a new build, or you’re making retrofits, repairs and upgrades to an existing building, there are many federal, provincial and local hydro grants and incentives you can take advantage of to fund your net-zero projects.


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Start With A Net-Zero Audit

First things first: Understanding where and how you use energy in your building is key to developing a successful plan. Doing a net-zero audit not only helps identify the changes you need to make, but it also helps you set benchmarks to measure the impact of those changes.






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The CBR program is a $167 million initiative administered through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. The program helps to optimize the energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of community buildings owned by municipalities and not-for-profit organizations. There are five available funding streams:  

  • Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant  

  • Community Building Recommissioning Grant  

  • GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies  

  • GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects  

  • GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects 



Who is eligible to apply? 


  • Canadian municipal governments, with the exception of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) namesake municipalities, which are the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and the Halifax Regional Municipality 

  • Municipal partners  


  • Indigenous communities 

  • Municipally-owned corporations  

  • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services 

  • Non-governmental organizations  

  • Not-for-profit organizations  

  • Research institutes (e.g., universities)  




What types of buildings are eligible?  

CBR funding is available for projects that focus on community buildings. Community buildings are defined as an enclosed public place or enclosed workplace that is 


  • Owned by a municipal government or not-for-profit organization  

  • Primarily used to provide athletic, recreational, cultural and community programs or services to the local community  

  • Widely accessible to everyone, offering services that enhance the health and well-being, skills development, and economic development of individuals and communities  



Types of projects and requirements:  


1. Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant (Temporarily Paused, Under Review)

Community buildings that do not have a building monitoring and analysis system in place 


2. Community Building Recommissioning Grant  (Temporarily Paused, Under Review)


Building owners identify problems and integration issues as well as low- or no-cost operational improvements to improve comfort for building users and save energy  

3. GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies 

Feasibility study must aim to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% compared to current or baseline performance within 10 years, and by at least 80% within 20 years  

4. GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects 
Project must aim to reduce GHG emissions by at least 30% compared to current or baseline performance  

5. GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects 
Capital project must be supported by a GHG reduction pathway feasibility study or equivalent, Application must include the phase(s)/measure(s) identified in the pathway that are sequenced to achieve near net-zero GHG emissions within 20 years 







Funding Stream

Available Funding

Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant (Temporarily Paused, Under Review)

  • Grant up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Up to $25,000

Community Building Recommissioning Grant (Temporarily Paused, Under Review)

  • Grant up to 60% of eligible costs

  • Up to $55,000

GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies

  • Grant up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Up to $65,000 for a single building, $200,000 for portfolio buildings

GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects

  • Combined grant and loan for up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Max of $5 million per project

GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects

  • Combined grant and loan for up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Max of $5 million per project





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