August 4th, 2014
Making sound energy investment decisions is a complex task – no matter whether it concerns a Renewable Energy System (RES) or an Energy Efficiency (EE) investment. A Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis combined with an assessment of the available financing options should be the obligatory path for every investment decision. Decision makers usually focus on familiar financing schemes and may fail to consider alternative means of financing which can be of significant added value to a project.Read full article
There’s so much to think about when planning the renovation or the building of a home – the colour of tiles and cabinets and the brands of in-built appliances to name just two – that owners often overlook a fundamental: electrical installations. But luckily, there's the electrotechnical installer or the architect, to play an advisory role...
Unfortunately, homeowners frequently receive all kinds of well-intentioned but misleading advice.Read full article
How do we define the term ‘sustainable energy’? Will our definition be helped or hindered if instead of calling an energy source either sustainable or unsustainable, we talk about degrees of sustainability? And do we focus too much on the economic and environmental aspects of sustainability, and forget the social dimension?Read full article
Long-term energy forecasts have a poor track record. They have failed to accurately predict total energy demand, sector demand and energy prices. Attempts to improve accuracy by adding more factors to explain consumption and pricing has complicated the models without necessarily improving their results. This last of 3 articles on long-term energy forecasting focuses on why long-term energy forecasting is so difficult, ideas to improve it and suggested alternatives.Read full article
This goal of this study was to evaluate why and how Canadian building developers may want to integrating energy generation / delivery & conservation technologies within their building practices in the context of urban development.Read full article
We started by looking at what is done worldwide to reduce energy and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in urban developments, and proposed a holistic framework for conducting the analysis.
The study examined how energy is currently used in the urban building sector in Canada.