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Current and Incoming Energy Funding for Existing Social Housing

Since February, the Ontario and Federal governments have announced over $800 million for greenhouse gas emission reductions and energy efficiency retrofits in Ontario’s existing social housing. This funding provides a major opportunity to improve your building’s efficiency and complete repairs:

Program Project Types Funding for Ontario Years
SHARP & SHEEP (Ontario)
  • GHG emissions reduction
$92 million 2016
Climate Change Action Plan (Ontario)
  • GHG emissions reduction
Up to $500 million 2017-2020
Social Housing Improvement Program (part of Ontario allocation of federal Social Infrastructure Fund)
  • Replacement or reconstruction of major building components, systems or services
  • Work that improves energy efficiency or water conservation
  • Improved accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Regeneration of existing eligible social housing, including conversion of units and demolition and reconstruction of all or part of a project
$209.3 million 2016-2018

Are you ready?

If you haven’t had funding confirmed under SHARP or SHEEP, there will still be an opportunity for funding through upcoming programs. It’s important to be prepared in advance of when program details are announced:

  • Update your building condition assessment
  • Review your capital plan to make your case
  • Review your last energy audit
  • Track your utility consumption through UMP
  • Know your end of operating date
  • Talk to your Service Manager

 

What is HSC doing?

This spring, HSC engaged the sector for input on funding program design and delivery. This input will be shared with the Province as it develops the incoming programs.

HSC is providing support to Service Managers and housing providers to maximize project impacts.

 

What about my End of Operating Agreement date?

Utilities are the single largest controllable operating cost for your building. The incoming funding can help you reduce your energy and water consumption, resulting in lower operating costs for your building. Taking steps now to decrease your operating costs will put you in a good position at your EOA date.

 

What about other funding?

Additional funding has been committed under the Province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy, the 2016 Federal Budget, and Federal/Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing.

Questions? Feel free to contact HSC Energy Services!

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UMP 101 – How to Read Your UMP Report

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Whether you’re new to UMP or a long-time participant, it’s important to understand and engage your UMP report every quarter.

A quick way to understand how the UMP report works is to review our UMP Energy Dashboard video.

In addition to the Graphs and Tables tabs outlined in the video, there are now Water (W), Electricity (ELG, EHG), and Gas (GLG, GHG) benchmark tabs in your report. These tabs are more detailed versions of the Benchmark Gauges you see on the Graphs tab.

The Energy Conservation Suggestions tab provides useful articles, tips, and links to incentive programs. Each quarter, we add new articles and links to this tab to help you address your energy consumption.

It’s helpful to know some of the key terms used on your report:

Benchmark: A comparison of your building’s energy performance either to itself over time or to other similar buildings. UMP does both for you.
Actual: Your actual energy consumption for a given period.
Baseline: Your projected usage based on historical usage and adjusted for weather.

  • To set a baseline, we choose 12 continuous months of historical consumption data during which no retrofits or data gaps occurred. This period is called the Base Year or baseline period. This historical usage is then adjusted to the current period’s weather. This allows us to understand how weather affects your consumption and to project your usage for the current period. We can then compare your projected usage to your actual usage to see if you are using more or less energy than expected.
  • Where no baseline is indicated, there is low or no correlation to weather for that utility (e.g. water heating). Alternatively, we may not have a enough retrofit-free historical data to establish a baseline.
Energy Use Intensity (EUI): EUI is a useful way to compare a building’s consumption to that of many buildings of similar heating and building type. It is calculated by dividing your consumption for the past 12 months by your building’s gross floor area (in square metres). EUI is used as the unit of comparison for the Benchmark Gauges and on the Water, Electricity, and Gas tabs.

 

When looking at your report, how do you know if your building’s is performing well? Here are a few quick tips:

  • Monthly Utilities Tracking
    • It’s helpful to look at this section overall rather than one month at a time.
    • If you completed retrofits or upgrades before the Base Year listed in the Building Profile section, you can see if they are successful by reviewing the bar graphs.
  • Baseline Projected Usage:
    • When higher than your actual usage: your building is performing better than projected based on historical usage patterns and adjusted for weather. Keep working to improve!
    • When lower than your actual usage: your building is consuming more energy than projected. It’s time to review upgrade opportunities, revisit maintenance and operations procedures, and conduct resident engagement, such as the Community Champion Program.
  • Benchmark
    • Good or Great Energy Performance: your building is using less energy per square metre than other similar buildings in the sector.
    • Poor Energy Performance: your building is using more than average energy per square metre than other buildings.

While your building’s energy performance may be improving over time, it could also be using more energy than other buildings in the sector, or vice versa. For this reason, it’s important to look not just at usage over time but how your building is doing compared to other buildings. Getting a complete picture of your energy consumption – both quarter-to-quarter and relative to other buildings – will help you better address your building’s energy performance.

Questions about your UMP report? Contact energyservices@hscorp.ca.

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