Alberta adopts building code changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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WATCH ABOVE: Starting Nov. 1, new homes in Alberta will have to be more energy efficient. As Fletcher Kent reports, it means some homes will be more expensive. – Oct 25, 2016

EDMONTON – Alberta is adopting construction rules that aim to make new homes and other buildings more energy efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The updated or new codes that cover building, electrical, gas and sewage systems go into effect next month.

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They include energy efficiency requirements for windows, lighting, insulation, heating, service-water heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.

The government says the changes will increase the cost of new homes, but the energy savings will make up for any increase over time.

“These changes to the building code ensure that the amount of energy used by homeowners and businesses will be permanently reduced and the savings will continue into the future,” Minister of Environment Shannon Phillips said. “This is good for the environment and good for anyone who pays for electricity.”

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The Canadian Home Builders’ Association says its members already meet and exceed some of the new standards.

Jesse Row, executive director of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, praised the new rules, saying they are overdue.

“A more energy efficient home is a comfortable home, one that keeps the heat in, the cold out and money in your pocket,” Minister of Municipal Affairs Danielle Larivee said. “These new requirements will ensure that Alberta continues to be a leader in the fight against climate change and a competitor in the carbon-constrained economy.”

With a file from Global News

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