Toronto launches drive for 'net zero' homes

by Steve Randall on 06 Nov 2019

The City of Toronto launched BetterHomesTO this week, a multi-partner program to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.

The initiative aims to support a move towards carbon ‘net zero’ homes; homes and other buildings generate more than half of Toronto’s greenhouse gases.

"As we respond to the climate emergency and take action to reduce emissions from buildings, transportation and waste, we hope to support residents in moving toward more energy-efficient, climate-friendly and resilient homes through BetterHomesTO. The City of Toronto is committed to continuing to invest, innovate and act for the good of our city, our health and our economy," said Mayor John Tory.

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BetterHomesTO includes online resources including information about retrofitting energy-efficient systems and the varied rebates, programs, and incentives that are available.

It is supported by partners including University of Toronto Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Association GTA, Canadian Home Builders' Association, and Toronto Hydro.

"We all have a role to play in making our city and planet a healthier place to live. Many homeowners want to do their part to combat climate change, but don’t know how to get started. BetterHomesTO provides an important resource that will make it easier for Toronto residents to improve the energy efficiency of their single-family homes," said Councillor Jennifer McKelvie, the Mayor's Resilience Champion and Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee.

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