On June 26, 2014 over 100 people attended a full day Forum focused on how to engage communities in undertaking sustainable upgrades to their homes. The day featured 10 different speakers presenting their work in different communities around Toronto. Have a look at the Final Program here. The afternoon focused on what tools are available to help move people toward more sustainable decisions for their homes. Included in the afternoon session was a presentation by John Bell, SHF President, on the newly released Energy Calculator available on the Scotiabank Eco Living website. This tool helps homeowners easily decide which upgrades they should do on their home, what the estimated cost is and most importantly, what the pay back is.
Featured speakers included Prof. Dan McGillivray from Ryerson University who spoke about the future of electricity, its distribution challenges and what we need to be doing now to ensure adequate delivery in the future. Sonya Pershram is a researcher/ consultant who has been foundational in bringing Local Improvement Charges as a tool for municipalities to encourage and help homeowners finance energy upgrades. John Godden, President of CRESNET and a founding board member of SHF, gave an impassioned talk about the tools available to professionalize an independent energy raters industry.
Where speakers have agreed, we have posted their presentations for your information.