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Buildings account for 9.7% of Québec’s total GHG emissions, so there is room for improvement, particularly in the area of energy efficiency.
The emergence of low-carbon buildings requires improved energy efficient, greater reliance on renewable energy such as geothermal, solar, and hydroelectric power, and use materials such as wood that generate minimal GHG emissions throughout their lifecycles. We also need an integrated approach that takes energy needs and GHG emissions into account right from the design or renovation planning stage.
The Climate Change Action Plan promotes green buildings in Québec through the
In addition to these initiatives, new standards will also be adopted to encourage the construction of more efficient, low-carbon-footprint buildings.
Changes to the Construction Code (in French) to improve energy efficiency. A new regulation amending the Construction Code (in French) to promote energy efficiency came into effect in August 2012. The changes target new residential buildings and are designed to promote energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. It is estimated that these changes will improve the energy performance of new buildings by 20% to 25%.
Three megawatt wind turbine at the Raglan mine in Nunavik (in French). The ÉcoPerformance and Technoclimat programs funded the installation of a wind turbine at the Raglan mine in Nunavik. The wind turbine, which started operating in September 2014, will reduce GHG emissions and diesel fuel consumption and enhance energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency in buildings (in French). Collège Sainte-Anne received $458,000 in financial assistance from the government to replace its two natural-gas–fired furnaces with a set of heat pumps supported by two new high-efficiency furnaces. The system will be used for heating the building and producing hot water. Annual savings in natural gas are estimated at 194,664 m³, leading to a reduction in GHG emissions of 366.5 tons of CO2 This is akin to removing 108 vehicles from Québec roads.