News Release - January 17, 2001
SRC AND CMHC UNVEIL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT
The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and the Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) unveiled an ambitious research project on saving energy in
Funded by the CMHC, the SRC project will result in work on six homes in
Saskatoon this year with the ambitious target of improving each home's natural
gas and electrical consumption by 40 per cent.
"This is not a theoretical project. It's practical," mechanical engineer Rob
Dumont said. Dumont is the head of the SRC's Building Performance Section.
"We'll provide a detailed analysis to the homeowner of how energy and
electrical savings can be achieved."
The SRC submitted a Request For Proposal to the CMHC last year and was awarded
the $69,000 project. Each homeowner, who receives a token $1,000 honorarium
for participating in the project, is responsible for all capital costs
associated with the recommended changes.
"CMHC research has shown that if we want to stabilize greenhouse gas production
from Canadian housing, existing houses will have to reduce their energy
consumption by roughly 40 per cent," Don Fugler, CMHC senior researcher said.
"This project will test if savings of this magnitude are achievable in typical
Primary assessment of one of the homes (1526 Alexandra Avenue) began today.
Built about 1910, the two-story house with an attached porch is located north
of the city's downtown district. A special door was installed which blows air
out of the home. This allows the three-member SRC research team to determine
leakage areas such as windows, baseboards, electrical outlets and holes in the
"The end result of this project is that the SRC will provide a detailed report
for the homeowner showing what things could be done such as replacing a furnace
or making insulation better," Dumont said. "We'll estimate the cost to do the
work and the natural gas and electrical savings from that work. We'll also
figure out how long these retrofit changes will take to be paid back in terms
of lower energy and electrical bills."
Reports on the six different homes will be made available to the public when
work is completed in the fall of 2002, Dumont said.
For more information, contact:
Rob Dumont Halyna Tataryn
Saskatchewan Research Council Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp
Phone: (306) 933-6216 Phone: (403) 515-2958