[Sust-mar] Energy Efficiency Focus Groups
brooke at coastalaction.org
Fri Jun 3 08:40:28 EDT 2011
Could you please post the following to the list serve?
BCAF to Host Energy Efficiency Focus Groups
The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation has partnered with Bfreehomes, the
Towns of Lunenburg and Bridgewater, as well as the Municipality of the
District of Shelburne to develop a project focused on improving energy
efficiency in homes. As part of the proposed project, BCAF and our partners
are investigating local trades training and skills upgrades around
residential energy analysis and air sealing. To ensure the project will
meets local needs, BCAF is hosting a series of focus groups in both
Lunenburg and Bridgewater. There will be two focus groups targeting home
owners and one for the construction/renovation industry. The first focus
group for home owners will be Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 pm at the Angus
Walters House in Lunenburg. See more detailed information below. The other
two sessions will be hosted in Bridgewater the week of June 13th, final
dates, times, and venues to be determined.
An Invitation for Homeowners
FACT: Atlantic Canada has some of the sturdiest, most beautiful homes in
Canada-and some of the hardest to keep warm and comfortable.
FACT: Atlantic Canadians are paying more and more to heat and light
their homes-at a time when household incomes are not rising.
FACT: Homeowners frequently don't know where their homes are wasting
energy, how to start addressing the problem, or how to find qualified,
reputable trades people to do the work.
FACT: Home renovation trades often don't have the resources to offer a
broad range of energy efficiency services-including air sealing,
which is often the most cost-effective first step for homeowners.
FACT: Using less energy benefits everyone-homeowners, trades, and
their communities-and reduces the effects of global warming.
The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (BCAF) believe that these facts
represent a great opportunity for South Shore communities-to become
stronger, both economically and environmentally, by reducing residential
energy use. An important first step is building new skills and job
opportunities in the energy and home renovation professions. So, in
partnership with the Town of Lunenburg and Bfreehomes, BCAF is proposing to
provide training for trades in residential energy analysis and air sealing,
by creating: (1) a pilot project using one residential-type dwelling; and
(2) a proving ground for trades, as well as demand for their services, using
a cluster of houses in the community.
To help assure that what is created meets local needs, BCAF and its partners
are conducting a series of focus groups. If you are a homeowner who would
like to improve home comfort, energy use, job creation, and greenhouse gas
emissions in your community by sharing your experience and perspective, we
invite you to participate.
Please join us:
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Captain Angus Walters House
37 Tannery Road
* Please contact BCAF at 634-9977 or info at coastalaction.org to register for
this focus group.
S. Brooke Nodding
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
Cpt. Angus Walters House
37 Tannery Road
PO Box 730
Email: brooke at coastalaction.org
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