Join Al Jaugelis, Tuesday, June 8th for a PEIA Energy Breakfast Webinar

Join Al Jaugelis, Tuesday, June 8th for a PEIA Energy Breakfast Webinar

FREE – PEIA Energy Breakfast Webinar via Zoom

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
7:30am – 9:00am – PST

Presenter: Al Jaugelis, Director, Regulatory Affairs at Fenestration Canada

TOPIC: Windows: Energy Performance Meeting the Climate Challenge Today and Tomorrow in Canada
In the past, standards for residential window manufacturing and installation lagged behind in the efficiency improvements that energy use systems and technologies were able to achieve.  After the widespread adoption of dual pane windows in the 1970’s, improving the energy performance of Canadian residential windows stalled until the introduction of low-emissivity glass coatings in the mid-1980’s.  The ENERGY STAR volunteer labelling program, which included windows, was adopted in the 1990’s by the Canadian energy utilities offering efficiency program incentives.  And it was 2010 when the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), first published in 2005, was written into the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).Please join us to hear Al, a recognized conference speaker, about where the Canadian residential window industry standards and regulations are today and how evolving fenestration standards and building codes will contribute to Natural Resources Canada’s 2030 Aspirational Goal of net-zero-ready new residential buildings.

Zoom meeting details: Registration is not required. Webinar details will be posted online to in advance of the event.

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Government of Canada Invests in Energy-Efficient Homes

Government of Canada Invests in Energy-Efficient Homes

Read the breakdown here.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow our domestic green supply chains and fight climate change.

Retroactive to December 1, 2020, up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 and up to an additional $600 to support the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation.

The government is committed to ensuring Greener Homes reaches Canadians across the country, including those living in remote and northern communities and those with limited internet access. It is committed to building a network of energy advisors to provide career opportunities to all Canadians and to meet the need of our communities.

Accordingly, the initiative will recruit up to 2,000 new energy advisor jobs across the country with particular emphasis on advancing inclusion and diversity in the workforce by including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized Canadians.


Eligible homeowners in Canada can participate in the initiative, regardless of where they live. Only one homeowner per home can register. The home must be the homeowner’s primary residence. They will be required to:

  • provide proof of ownership with their property tax bill number (this number can be found on their municipal property documents); and
  • demonstrate the property is their primary residence through a driver’s licence, government-issued ID (with address) or a utility bill.

The following groups are also eligible applicants under the initiative:

  • Indigenous governments or organizations (e.g., band councils, land claim organizations); and
  • housing management bodies and other representative or Indigenous service delivery organizations with formal partnerships with Indigenous governments or organizations.

These applicants may be eligible to register multiple homes, including homes that are not the owner’s primary residence. The home registered must be owned by the applicant and be occupied by an Indigenous household.

If applicants live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut or in an off-grid community, they can find further details on grants for their local context.

Eligible property types:

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently moored floating homes
  • Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only) 1
  • Small multi-unit residential building (up to three storeys with a footprint of up to 600 m2)

Review additional requirements for small multi-unit residential buildings.

New homes are not eligible for the grant. (A homeowner’s primary residence must be at least six months old, from the date of occupancy by the first homeowner, and eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation.)

Multi-unit residential buildings (over three storeys or over 600 m2 in footprint) are not eligible under the initiative.

Feds to offer homeowners $5,000 for making their homes more energy-efficient

Feds to offer homeowners $5,000 for making their homes more energy-efficient

Canadian homeowners will soon be able to apply to a new federal government program that offers grants for energy-efficient home upgrades.

CTV News has confirmed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan are expected to unveil the program on Thursday at a press conference in Ottawa.

First proposed by the government last fall, the program will offer homeowners grants of up to $5,000 that can be put toward the installation of such energy-saving projects as improved insulation or roof panels, high-efficiency water heaters or heating equipment, and solar panels.

Read more here.

Novatech acquires Energi’s Terrebonne patio door plant

Novatech acquires Energi’s Terrebonne patio door plant

May 18, 2021 – Harold Savard, President and CEO of the Novatech Group, is proud to announce that the Novatech Group has acquired the patio door division of Energi.

This acquisition increases Novatech’s patio door manufacturing capability and becomes the 6th plant of this product family in the group.

Demand for patio doors continues to increase and we were anxious to add to our operational capabilities. The Terrebonne facility gives us the necessary footprint to meet our growth objectives and provide the service levels that our customers require. We plan to make significant investments at the Terrebonne facility in the coming months.

Effective immediately, the current Novatech sales force will be responsible for patio door sales out of Terrebonne. The customer service team in Terrebonne will remain in place for all inquiries and orders.

“We are delighted to welcome Energi’s patio door team to the Novatech Group family. Their expertise, combined with that of our current teams, will complement our plants in Ste-Julie, Beauceville, Calgary and Martinsville. Synergies generated by the pooling of our activities will ensure the success of this acquisition, which is in line with our passion to always better serve our customers.” states Harold Savard.

Founded in 1982, Novatech is a leading manufacturer of steel entry doors, doorglass, patio doors, residential insulated glass and commercial glass products. We operate 16 ultra-modern facilities in Canada, the United States and France. Our strong culture of innovation and continuous improvement makes Novatech a key leader in the market. The CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) is our strategic partner since 2012.

We thank you and value your confidence. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Harold Savard, P. Eng.
President and CEO