Contractor Dialogue: Making Retrofit Policy Work for People Who Do the Actual Work


Many of Canada’s current climate policies for homes are focused on providing rebates and incentives to homeowners via programs. While helpful for homeowners, for contractors these stop-start inventive programs are disruptive, creating uncertainty and hurting business practices. Is there a better way? Yes! This interactive seminar presents a case for why it is time to consider business support policies for the residential retrofit sector, using results from a research project developed by Efficiency Canada. Together, we will explore a mix of contractor-oriented policies – drawn from other countries and compiled with inputs from Canadian retrofit businesses - that can support and sustain business models that offer higher profit margins, more balanced workloads, and good jobs while also decarbonizing homes more quickly.


Strategic Energy Management (SEM) 101


Strategic energy management (SEM) is a specialized field of energy efficiency and that consists of systematically understanding, controlling, and thereby reducing organizations’ energy consumption and demand along with correlated expenses and greenhouse gas emissions over time. The approach involves understanding and addressing gaps in areas such as energy and climate policies, human resource capacity, energy efficiency project development practices, monitoring and reporting systems, and financial resource allocations. Without a strategic approach, organizations may attempt to address energy efficiency on a piecemeal, project-by-project basis, thus resulting in unclear outcomes and unsustainable energy and demand reductions. SEM enables organizations to adopt a stable, controlled, and predictable continuous improvement cycle. Visit to learn more about this course and to register (website link below)


ECO Canada Training, and You!


Are you ready to take your environmental career to the next level? Join ECO Canada for an insightful webinar designed to help you unlock your full potential through our comprehensive training programs. In this webinar, you'll discover how ECO Canada's training initiatives can empower you to succeed in the dynamic and ever-evolving environmental sector. Whether you're looking to enhance your technical skills, broaden your knowledge base, or stay ahead of industry trends, our training offerings provide the tools and resources you need to thrive in your environmental career.

CIET Connect Toronto

111 Richmond Street W, Toronto 111 Richmond Street W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Efficiency and decarbonization communities: Get ready for some networking, exchanges on current industry trends and activities, discussions about career development and transitions, and, of course, a well-deserved drink after work. Here is what you can expect at a CIET Connect event: A chance to connect with other energy and GHG-conscious professionals A free drink offered by CIET Some great conversation No speeches or presentations, just networking Register today to let us know you're coming!


Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)


The Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) course is designed to present all phases of commissioning projects and current best practices to ultimately prepare participants to take the exam and earn the CBCP designation. At its core, building commissioning involves quality focused projects that serve to provide documented confirmation that building systems function as intended (by both design and operational criteria), thereby meeting the operational requirements of owners. Projects of this nature have proven to be important because buildings that operate suboptimally tend to have poor indoor air quality and comfort, consume higher levels of energy, and lead to equipment failures. Properly commissioned buildings typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more energy efficient, and have lower operation and maintenance costs. Additionally, commissioning serves to restore existing buildings to a state of high productivity through the implementation of renovations, upgrades, and tune-ups of existing systems. Visit to learn more about this course and to register (website link below)


Advanced Measurement and Verification (MV)


Measurement and verification (M&V) is the process of using measurements to determine the actual energy savings generated by energy management projects at individual sites. Common M&V activities include metering,​ data collection and processing, transparent savings calculations, monitoring, quality assurance, and​ third-party report verifications. The two-day Advanced Measurement and Verification training program provides practical exercises and advanced concepts to individuals seeking to enhance their understanding of M&V. This program is a valuable complement to the theoretical knowledge acquired through common M&V certification courses and designations. Visit to learn more about this course and to register (website link below)


Northwest Energy Retrofit Forum

Terrace Sportsplex Arena 3320 Kalum St, Terrace, BC, Canada

Housing managers, builders, building officials, designers, energy advisors, suppliers, sub-trades and elected officals: Join Community Energy Association, CHBA Northern BC, Nisga'a Nation and building science consultants for an indepth exploration of deep energy retrofits at scale. Learn about the integrated design process, workflow strategies, management considerations, and building science needed to achieve success. Quality deep energy retrofits increase buildings' durability, make them more comfortable, and reduce the cost of heating and cooling. Energy retrofits of existing buildings represent a tremendous opportunity not only region-wide economic and social development but also tangible, impactful climate action.

Building Lasting Change: Canada’s green building conference

Join us in Toronto June 5 – 6, 2024 for Building Lasting Change: where business and technical expertise converge to accelerate the decarbonization of Canada’s large buildings. Attend BLC to take part in forums exploring national issues, and following learning tracks that examine the technical or business side of green buildings. Gain valuable insights as we address evolving green building policies, and discover how the latest innovations, rating system updates, and best practices can take your sustainability actions further, faster. CAGBC’s Building Lasting Change conference is where Canada’s green building sector connects with the influential decision-makers and leading experts accelerating the sector on the path to zero carbon.

Presenting the Business Case of Sustainability in Construction

evolv1 420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Presented in partnership with Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), SWR is providing you an opportunity to delve into the business case of sustainability in construction. Learn from industry professionals, hear insights from BDC, and network with others from the sector at Canada's first Zero Carbon Building, evolv1. You'll also be provided with a full breakfast and a building tour of the amazing and innovative features of the building.

Certified RETScreen Expert (CRE)


The Certified RETScreen® Expert (CRE) is designed for those who have either completed the Introduction to RETScreen® Expert course or who have some previous experience with the software. The CRE program is aimed at enhancing participants’ skills in analyzing all types of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Additionally, the program equips participants with a comprehensive understanding of new RETScreen® analysis features, including the Virtual Energy Analyzer and Portfolio Analysis Module, as well as energy performance data monitoring. Visit to learn more about this course and to register (website link below)


Retrofit Canada Conference

Paradox Hotel Vancouver, Canada +1 more

The 4th Annual Retrofit Canada Conference will be in Vancouver on 12-13 June. As per the rest of the series, the event will continue to focus on industry updates, challenges, opportunities, best practices, and lessons learned across Canada's retrofit community. Next year's event's theme is Decarbonizing and adapting existing homes and buildings to ensure equity and climate resilience. We will explore the many aspects of this theme throughout the two days, including the crucial elements of diversity and inclusion. The event will continue to gather over 300 attendees from government: federal, provincial, and local, multi-residential and commercial real estate developers and owners, pension funds, community housing societies, Indigenous and First Nation communities, utilities, banks, impact investors, general contractors, ESCOs, architecture and engineering firms, LC3 groups, research institutes and universities, and specialists in HVAC, passive buildings, building envelope, and smart/green buildings. It is the only event specially designed for Canada's retrofit sector, and we aim to provide an engaging, insightful, collaborative event for the community. In 2024 we will offer increased networking opportunities, interactivity, diversity, and actionable insights - all within a new venue.

Passive House Canada Conference

University of Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada +1 more

The Passive House Canada Conference is a national annual event that celebrates the advancement that Passive House has made in Canada and also highlight the challenges that are in front of us. Climate Change, Health & Wellness, Retrofits, Innovation and Affordability will be at the forefront of the discussions. At the Passive House Canada Conference, participants can expect to participate in engaging and interactive sessions that will further enhance their knowledge of the standard and how it supports emission reduction. Those new to the standard will find opportunities to network and learn from other Passive House enthusiasts.


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