Regional Energy Coach – Community Housing Transformation Centre – Centre de transformation du logement communautaire

Energy Efficiency Coaching Services

Regional Energy Coaching

Regional Energy Coaching (REC) is a free service designed to increase the capacity of community housing providers to start, build and operate projects that reduce their environmental footprint. REC helps you learn more about sustainable housing and assists in you in applying for grants and funding to help you achieve your goals.

The REC is offered in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The Centre’s mandate is to support non-profit housing organizations outside of British Columbia.

If you represent a co-op outside Quebec, visit the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF-C) website. If you are a BC non-profit, visit the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA).

The Centre’s Regional Energy Coaching helps you in four steps:

1. Assessing your building to identify energy-saving opportunities

The assessment is done through a remote visit of your building. A coach will join you via video conference and guide you to specific areas of the building. The assessment typically takes between 60 and 90 minutes. 

2. Creating an action plan and establishing the feasibility of the opportunities found during the assessment

Following the video conference assessment, the Centre will provide free digital energy efficiency assessments to community housing providers.

3. Referring you to the appropriate resources

With your report in hand, the Centre will be able to refer you to resources to get your energy improvement project on track.

4. Assisting you in applying for the Sustainable Affordable Housing Program

If your project is eligible for the Sustainable Affordable Housing Program (see below), the Centre can assist you in the application process.

Sustainable Affordable Housing Program

The Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) Program is an initiative from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) under the Green Municipal Fund. It provides both grants and loans to municipal non-profit and cooperative housing providers for the renovation of existing affordable housing or the construction of new energy-efficient buildings.

This program helps organizations better plan, build, operate and maintain a variety of energy-efficient community housing projects by providing capital strengthening funding.

Through REC coaching, the Centre assists non-profits outside of British Columbia in applying to this program. Our participation increases applicants’ chances of success and facilitates the arduous task of completing the application.

Note: The FCM’s SAH program is designed to be combinable with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) National Housing Co-Investment Fund, as well as with other funding programs, including those of the provinces and territories.

Contact Us

  • Request a coaching session
  • Ask us questions about the SAH program

Green Compass

Map your environmental initiatives and energy efficiency performance.

Resource Inventory

Access a list of resources selected by the Centre’s team to meet your organizational needs based on your areas of interest and location. Included are the following:

  • Guides, reports and tools
  • Activities and training
  • Financing opportunities
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