This Green House I and II

This Green House II builds on the research behind This Green House, an earlier report on local government-led retrofit programs. When This Green House I got published in 2011, local improvement charge (LIC) retrofit financing—a proven and secure mechanism for financing residential improvements—and its twin sister, on-bill financing, were relatively new ideas in Canada.

Since then, Ontario and Nova Scotia have both changed their legislation, allowing local governments to use this innovative financing mechanism to support climate action. Local governments have jurisdiction over construction and renovations and bring the necessary know-how, initiative, and leadership to make this happen. The good news is that communities in those provinces are stepping up to the plate.
 
Innovative leadership on energy retrofits is the fastest way to take action on climate change.
 
Robert Duffy and Charley Beresford
Columbia Institute
Mar, 2016
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