The world is changing – are you changing with it? Join experts in renewable energy installations and green investments to see what you can do in your home and life to reduce your energy bills, save money or invest in the green economy. Whether you own a home, rent or are interested in investing in the future, this panel discussion is for you!

We all have a role in achieving the low-carbon transition – start by installing practical renewable energy projects or investing in them. Join us in this lively panel discussion event with experts who will teach us how to reduce our carbon footprints and retrofit our homes!

AGENDA

Date: Saturday, November 16th

Panel: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Q&A: 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Check out the renewable energy demonstrations all over the Reep House for Sustainable Living

 

REGISTER

 

PANEL

Scott Cooper – Merlyn Power Founder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott has extensive experience in home efficiency improvement through his time as an Energy Advisor (2003-2011) is the principal of Merlyn Power (2003 to present). He is a Waterloo Engineering graduate and longtime resident of Kitchener, living in an ever improving century house.

Check out Merlyn Power’s website to learn more about solar power!

 

Brian Unrau – President of Community Energy Development Co-operative Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2012, he has led the Co-op through the development of a $45 million portfolio of solar projects. This has included taking CED Co-op ‘public’, the first co-op in Canada to do achieve this. The solar portfolio is set to produce over 250 million kWh of clean energy over the next 20 years.

Check out CED Co-op’s websitefacebooktwitter, and linkedin to learn more about sustainable investing!

 

Jim Bolger – Waterloo Energy Products

Jim is the Owner & President of Waterloo Energy Products, an industry leading turnkey Mechanical System Design/ Build Installation Contractor in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial HVAC and Renewable Energy Sector. Jim strives to help home and business owners across Ontario achieve “Best Fit” solutions for Energy Conservation and Efficient HVAC Solutions. Jim stands as current President on the Ontario Geothermal Association Board of Directors representing the Geothermal Industry in Advocacy, Education and Technology Awareness.

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

With Germany, Belgium, Scotland and most recently British Columbia adopting Passive house (PH) as their building standard, it is quickly becoming the new normal all over the world. What do the houses that positively impact the environment look like? Join us in this talk to learn more about the housing of tomorrow!

What is Passive House?

Passive house (PH) is a building standard that achieves very high energy efficiency, high levels of comfort, high air quality with simple design and at an affordable cost! It began in 1990 and now with over 50,000 passive house designs built, PH has become the fastest growing near net zero standard worldwide.

Agenda

Date | Saturday, May 25th*

Location | Evovl1: Canada’s First Net Positive Office Building,  420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo, ON*

Presentation | 1:30 p.m.

Q&A | 2:15 p.m.

Networking + Additional Questions | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

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Brad Durant P.Eng, CPHD, REA

A professional Civil Engineer since 1989 Brad started Home Front Professional Home Inspections in 2003. Always an advocate for energy conservation, Brad and his family of four moved into an EnergyStar built home in 2013 and installed rooftop solar PV which generates 95% of the electricity they use. Brad has studied high efficiency home design including Energystar, LEED, Netzero, and Passive House.

Committed to home efficiency, Brad has obtained the Registered Energy Advisor designation through NRCan to help homeowners reduce their energy use and carbon footprint. Brad has also completed the difficult course and exam to become a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) from the Passive House Institute in Germany. Brad believes “We can do Better” and Passive House standard is the simplest and best method.

To learn more about Brad’s work on passive house, visit his websiteFacebook, and LinkedIn!

 

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. Evolv1 is close to the 200 bus stop and has bike parking and EV plug in stations. The building also has free parking available.

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

 

Do you have burning questions on how to make your house energy efficient? Do you want to make your home more comfortable, but don’t know where to start? Book a time with a Registered Energy Advisor to get your questions answered!

Our Energy Advisor can help guide you in topics like:

  • Lowering your energy bills
  • Suggestions for helpful renovations
  • Grants, rebates and credits for your home
  • and more!

We are committed to offering you expert advice to help make your home more comfortable and affordable. In fact, if you’d like more help in your home energy goals, you’ll receive $20 off your booking of an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation after your coaching session!

 

Date | May 11, 1:30 – 4:30PM

Location | 20 Mill Street, Kitchener

Details | 6 sessions, 30 minutes each (one session per household)

Register Here!

 

Registered Energy Advisor

Brad Durant

Brad is committed to home efficiency, having obtained the Registered Energy Advisor designation through NRCan to help homeowners reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.

A professional Civil Engineer since 1989 Brad started Home Front Professional Home Inspections in 2003. Always an advocate for energy conservation, Brad and his family of four moved into an EnergyStarbuilt home in 2013 and installed rooftop solar PV which generates 95% of the electricity they use. Brad has studied high efficiency home design including Energystar, LEED, Netzero, and Passive House.

He is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) from the Passive House Institute in Germany. Brad believes “We can do Better” and Passive House standard is the simplest and best method.

To learn more about Brad’s work on passive house, visit his websiteFacebook, and LinkedIn!

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

Photo Notice

By your entry, you consent to the possibility of being included in the footage and to the purposes for which it may be used: to publicize the event taking place in this area and/or to promote Reep Green Solutions. Individual participants will not be identified without their consent. Reep Green Solutions has exclusive rights to and ownership of this multimedia footage. Speak with the staff/volunteers if you would like to opt-out of appearing in photo/video. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

What can easily be improved/renovated when first buying a home? Buying a home can be a overwhelming experience, even if you’ve bought one before. Let our Home Energy Coach guide you in renovations and improvements that you can do right now to make your home more comfortable and money-saving. Get some ideas of what works and what the most cost-effective methods for your home are.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m.

Q&A: 2:00 p.m.

Reep Open House & Full Tour: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter

Phillip Drader, Registered Energy Advisor

Home Energy Coach

Philip Drader is Reep’s Energy Coach and has conducted countless workshops for homeowners on a wide range of topics to help them make their home more energy efficient, and steering them towards good products and companies.

The Reep House

Reep House for Sustainable Living is Reep Green Solution’s LEED® Platinum certified demonstration home and education centre. This smart-insulated, water-wise century brick home is located at 20 Mill Street downtown Kitchener. Come see all the money-saving measures and practical tips you cna use in your own home!

Transportation

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail. It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Parking

You are welcome to use Schneider Ave or David Street parking. The Victoria Park Pavilion parking lot is also free to use and only a few minutes walk to the Reep House. Please do not park at the Schneider Haus or Mitchell St lots (click to enlarge map)

Today’s heat pumps can stretch your energy budget!

Have you heard of an air source heat pump (ASHP)? The ASHP is now one of the most efficient ways to heat a home. The technology has been around for a long time but most people don’t realize it’s an option for them.

Join us at Evolv1, Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building, for our workshop on air source heat pumps! The performance reliability and efficiency of the technology makes an air source heat pump an attractive option for homeowners. A local system installer will explain how the ASHP functions, and the potential benefits to installing the system. Any technical questions you may have will be answered by an industry expert!

Learn about the various system designs and receive expert advice on which ASHP model will be best suited for your home. If you’re a homeowner or landlord in Waterloo Region, you’re also invited to take part in a short study examining consumer interest in installing the ASHP. Participation in the study is voluntary, and you are welcome to attend the workshop without taking part in the study.

Agenda:

Presentation | 1:30 p.m.

Q&A | 2:15 p.m.

Optional Survey & Light Refreshments | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m

Location | Evolv1, 420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo, ON

Who should attend? New and experienced homeowners, landlords/property owners, students, researchers, industry professionals, energy afffciandos.

Speakers

Jim Bolger, Waterloo Energy Products

Jim is the Owner & President of Waterloo Energy Products, an industry leading turnkey Mechanical System Design/ Build Installation Contractor in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial HVAC and Renewable Energy Sector. Jim strives to help home and business owners across Ontario achieve “Best Fit” solutions for Energy Conservation and Efficient HVAC Solutions. Jim stands as current President on the Ontario Geothermal Association Board of Directors representing the Geothermal Industry in Advocacy, Education and Technology Awareness.

Brendan Schaefer, Reep Green Solutions

Brendan Schaefer is the Facilities Manager at the REEP House for Sustainable Living, where he regularly leads tours and workshops on topics ranging from energy efficiency to water conservation, storm water management, and sustainable living. He visits many homes to advise their owners as a Registered Energy Advisor, a RAIN Guide or to conduct visits on how to conserve water.

 

 

Written by Christine Tan

After purchasing a raised bungalow home, Daniel Holmes assessed his home and realized a few changes needed to be made in order to improve the home’s energy efficiency. The bungalow has a walkabout basement that goes down to the garage that was very old and outdated and the cold cellar door wasn’t insulated. Knowing that the home required a new furnace to be installed, Daniel did some further research and found out that at least one other improvement needed to be made in the home in order to qualify for the furnace rebate from the Union Gas Home Reno Rebate program.

After hearing about Reep from HVAC installers, Daniel decided to support a non-profit organization opposed to a business that did assessments.

A Reep EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation was conducted and it was decided that the attic and basement walls needed insulating on order to improve the home’s energy rating, along with Daniel’s idea of changing the furnace and door to improve energy efficiency.

“I then spend 6 months tearing apart the entire basement and reframing it with 2×4 walls, 1 inch away from the foundation to allow the maximum 4 inches of spray foam on 95% of the basement walls,” said Daniel, “I also removed the ceiling in the garage to have the ceiling spray foam at 6” and completely sealed the garage and the basement rim joists that allowed a lot of cold air into the basement.”

Reep’s EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluations allow homeowners to assess their homes and identify areas that can be improved upon in order to increase the home’s energy efficiency.

This can include identifying areas in which the most heat lost occurs through lack of insulation or air leaks, such as from window or doors. In this case, the evaluation identified that the attic and basement walls needed insulation to increase the house’s energy rating. By implementing further insulation in these critical areas, there will be less energy being used for heating/cooling in the home.

After conducting a follow up Energy Evaluation after these improvements were made, the EnerGuide Rating had very good improvements. In applying for the Union Gas rebate, Daniel received about $1,000 for the furnace.

Apart from the energy savings for such improvements, benefits in home comfort were also evident. “Our kitchen and living room floors over the garage were barely usable until the spray foam was complete. Heating was reduced but because we just moved into the house, we didn’t have a baseline to compare previous years,” says Daniel. Daniel also plans to replace 3 windows and sliding glass door in the near future to further improve the home’s energy rating.

The home had Energy Savings of 28%, Air Leakage Reduction of 48.6% and Carbon Emission Savings of 2.5 tonnes/year!

Daniel emphasizes the importance of researching your vendors and their various prices, as well as the benefits of involving someone who has been in the business for a long time. He explains, “the most rewarding part if improving my house that I was planning to anyways, but getting a decent amount of money back to support those improvements.”  Apart from energy savings through home improvements, homeowners also have the opportunity to receive rebates in light of these changes, which can be done with a little bit of research and assistance from Reep Green Solutions.

 

COACH Series

This is a new series of events featuring our resident experts in home energy efficiency, RAIN Smart Homes and waste reduction.

Put a hat on your house

As our Home Energy Coach, Philip Drader, likes to say: “Insulating your attic is like wearing a hat in the winter.”

Philip will share how your attic can contribute to a comfortable home. We’ll cover a number of considerations related to insulating an attic, such as preparing your attic and your options for insulation. We’ll share information to help you take next steps whether you are thinking of finishing your attic into a living space, using it as a storage space, if you just want to see how it could help make your home more comfortable. Join us to learn how to put a cozy hat on your home this winter!

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:00p.m.
  • Open House 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Advance registration is appreciated.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s environmental features.

TRANSPORTATION

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen S.

Home Energy CoachJoin our Home Energy Coach, Philip Drader, for simple and effective strategies to help you save energy at home.

KPL Central Library
Meeting Room A

FREE

Register online!

SUSTAINABLE SPEAKER SERIES AND OPEN HOUSE

Home Energy Coach - Philip DraderOur Home Energy Coach, Philip Drader, shares making good window choices can contribute to a comfortable home.

The number of choices available for windows can make your head spin, from materials, low-e coatings, number of glazing layers, and spacer type; to design decisions like opting for a full frame window replacement or not, choosing the type of window (slider, casement, or fixed), colour, divided lites, privacy options, opener mechanism, and more.

Come learn about windows, to help you make an informed choice when you look for replacements.

AGENDA

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q & A: 2 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE:  2:15 – 3:30 P.M.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s environmental features.

 

Here’s one of the stories that we share in our 2016 Report to the Community about how we help you live sustainably.

Imagine turning off your heat in December and not noticing for three days that you never turned it back on. That may be hard to believe but that is  exactly what Johanne and Marcel Girard of Cambridge shared by video to  those attending our 2015 awards event.

When they decided to embark on a major renovation of their century home,  they arranged for an EnerGuide Home Evaluation by one of REEP Green Solutions’ team of Certified Energy Advisors (CEA). What they learned was   that much of their heat was making its way outside.

Their CEA laid out for them the criteria to qualify for the Union Gas Home Reno Rebate program. By doing two projects to improve their home energy efficiency, they qualified for $2,095 in rebates including the costs of the home evaluations before and after the renovations.

Initially, the Girards just wanted to replace their baseboards. It became a bigger project when they discovered their walls didn’t have any insulation but they learned that they could get a rebate for adding it if they had a home energy evaluation.

Their CEA recommended insulating the walls, which in their case meant gutting rooms to the stud and adding batt insulation with a vapour barrier.

The difference their work made has been dramatic. They are on balanced payments for their natural gas based on their previously leaky home. At the end of their first year in the upgraded house, they received $994 back because they had cut their use of natural gas by 37%. They also saved $25 monthly on their electrical costs.

“I can turn on the heat on a cold day for a couple hours and the house stays warm throughout the day,” says Johanne. “And I’m a chilly willy, if I say the house is warm, it’s warm!”

As the Province of Ontario rolls out an enhanced home energy upgrade  program, there will be more opportunities across the Region to increase the warmth and comfort of our homes while reducing heating costs. See our website for complete details.

ClimateActionWR reports that 22% of local greenhouse gas emissions come  from our homes’ energy use. Having a home energy evaluation and implementing the recommendations is important so that your home can be a  part of the solution to climate change.

 


Upcoming Events

  1. Is Renewable Energy for You? Installations, Investments and Retrofits for Anyone

    November 16 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. The Good Green Death Project

    November 23 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm