The climate emergency is real, and existing buildings are a very large part of the problem. In Nova Scotia, 17% of our energy demand is heating residential buildings.
We see The ReCover Initiative as being a major economic driver with the potential to generate hundreds of well paying, local full-time jobs.
Almost 2 in 5 Nova Scotians live with energy poverty. Deep energy retrofits can have a very positive impact on these Nova Scotians by reducing their energy bills, improving the comfort and air quality of their homes.
Open Source Handbook
In order to implement these solutions as broadly as possible, we must make all our findings publicly available so that whoever wants to use this method can do so. We are all in this together.
We need to address a notable labour shortage before retrofits at scale can become a reality. We will be working closely with training institutions to ensure that future grads are skilling in building science and energy efficiency.
In order to be able to ReCover as many buildings as possible, we will be developing production, financial and policy solutions to propel this initiative to the scale needed. This includes automation and finding efficiencies where-ever possible.
ReCover 40 000 MURB's
By 2030 we aim to have 40,000 housing units brought up to a net-zero performance standard. That is approximately all of Nova Scotia's low-rise multi-unit residential buildings built before 1996.
Partner with industry
We will need to create a strong network of construction industry partners to get this done. We are already working on building and strengthening this network.
Partner with government
Working in lockstep with all levels of government will be key in getting the significant problem of existing building stock upgraded. We thank the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines for funding and supporting the first phase of the ReCover Initiative.