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Energy Efficient Buildings RD&D

UPDATED December 2020: The Energy Efficient Buildings Program 3rd call for Project Expressions of Interest is now closed! 

All Expressions of Interest received by 5pm (PT) December 22, 2020 will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria sets described in Sections 8.1 to 8.3 of the applicant’s guide. The shortlisted project Applicants will be notified and instructed on next steps.

Program Background

Our government is investing $182 million to increase energy efficiency and address climate change by improving how our homes and buildings are designed, renovated, and constructed. $48.4 million is going to support the development and implementation of building codes for existing buildings and new net-zero energy-ready buildings through RD&D initiatives that:

  • Accelerate development and adoption of technologies, design and construction.
  • Provide more cost-effective solutions.
  • Validate locally with real-world demonstrations.
  • Build confidence for adoption of updated codes.

These funds will be disbursed under the Energy Efficient Buildings Program (‘EEB Program’) through a series of Calls for Proposals or Expressions of Interest. Funding under the EEB Program were accessible since 2018 and will be available until 2026.

Program Results So Far

Calls 1 and 2 of the EEB Program closed in September 2017 and February 2018 respectively, with 292 Expressions of Interest (‘EOI’) received and evaluated across 6 Scope Priority Areas. EOIs were received from every region of Canada, from a wide range of applicant organizations, requesting a total of approximately $485M in Contribution funding – 26x more than the funding available for these calls!

After evaluating and scoring all EOIs, the EEB Program invited 41 Applicants to submit full project proposals. Project locations and Applicant types were distributed as follows:

Map of Canada shows number of EOIs and proposals from each province and territory, and charts showing number of EOIs and proposals received from different applicant organization types

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Map of Canada showing the distribution of EOIs and RFPs received: 
EOIs: YK – 2, NT – 1, NU – 5, BC – 68, AB – 54, SK – 6, MB – 7, ON – 106, QC – 26, NB – 3, PE – 1, NS – 12, NL – 1.
RFPs: NU – 3, BC – 3, AB – 5, SK – 1, MB – 3, ON – 15, QC – 4, NS – 2.
Pie chart 1 shows that the Program received a total of 292 expressions of interest, with the following distribution in applicant organization type: industry – 170, academia – 43, municipal government – 30, associations – 19, first nations – 16, provincial government – 14.
Pie chart 2 shows that the Program received a total of 41 RFPs, with the following distribution in applicant organization type:  industry – 17, academia – 10, municipal government – 3, associations – 3, first nations – 2, provincial government – 6.


Final project selection was completed in summer 2018 and 12 projects were selected, which are anticipated to result in:

  • 16 new buildings constructed, providing Net-Zero Energy Ready business cases.
  • 4 deep-energy retrofits conducted.
  • Demonstration projects resulting in up to 65% reduction in building energy consumption.
  • 540 new residential units built.
  • 40,000 m2 of commercial/institutional floor space developed.
  • 3 nationally-applicable software tools implemented.
  • All Canadian climate zones covered by the selected projects.

Expected outcomes of the selected projects include:

  • Demonstration of a cost-effective deep energy retrofit solution for Nunavut, targeting 50% reduction in energy consumption.
  • 3 demonstrations of new Net-Zero Ready buildings, supporting codes development and building market confidence.
  • Demonstration of an innovative, cost-effective retrofit approach for social housing.
  • BC-led demonstration program showcasing building performance at the highest level of the BC Energy Step Code.
  • FEED study identifying the best approach to a zero carbon community energy system.
  • Software tools to investigate pathways to achieving Net-Zero Energy Ready building designs, and to provide actionable information to reduce building energy consumption.

Projects already supported by the Energy Efficient Buildings Program can be found on our Current Investments page by selecting ‘Energy Efficient Buildings and Communities’ under the ‘Technology Area’ pull down menu.

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