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Better Buildings Strategy looks at how to retrofit ‘effectively all buildings in Ottawa’

By District Energy posted 02-02-2022 10:04


Daily Commercial News


The City of Ottawa has embarked on a strategy to encourage voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction retrofits of existing industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) and large multi-unit residential buildings.

The blueprint, called the Better Buildings Strategy, will focus on how to achieve zero GHG emissions by 2050 by reducing heating and cooling demand and switching from natural gas to zero carbon fuel sources.

It is part of the city’s ambitious Energy Evolution Strategy which sets out targets for retrofitting buildings and achieving thermal and electrical savings.

Retrofitting and upgrading mechanical equipment, heat pumps, hot water tanks are other pillars of the strategy, as well as using district energy systems which are networks of underground pipes that are used to efficiently heat and cool buildings and use less energy than individual buildings.

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