GMF’s Municipal Energy Roadmap gives elected officials and municipal staff a framework to identify and design innovative sustainable energy projects. The support tool provides framework to identify the best solutions for Canadian communities to achieve significant GHG emissions reductions and meet their long-term sustainability objectives.
These fifteen factsheets offer specific guidance around building-level solutions, community-level solutions, and long-term strategies to achieve your goals. Whether you want to discover financing options to adopt sustainable energy technologies or implement specific solutions like low-carbon water heating, these resources provide targeted insights to help you drill down and meet your objectives.
Although Canadian municipalities generally do not have the legal authority to adopt their own building or energy code, they can create local development policies and bylaws to set building requirements that exceed or complement the provincial code. Find out more.
Discover how municipalities can use innovative financing options to target clean energy and energy-efficiency improvements in local homes and businesses, municipal buildings, and community-scale initiatives.
Learn how incentive programs offer support to reduce participants’ costs and improve the business case for energy-efficiency and clean energy measures, thus removing barriers and increasing uptake of those technologies.
Municipalities can lead by implementing policies and demonstrating the practices they want to encourage within the community to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and drive top-level energy performance in municipal buildings and facilities. Find out how.
District energy systems, also referred to as thermal grids, supply heating and, in some cases, cooling, to multiple buildings. Learn how municipalities can play a critical role in influencing the speed and success of district energy development within their communities.
Building envelope upgrades improve the building shell so that it better controls the flow of heat, air and moisture in and out of the building. Find out how to leverage these upgrades for energy efficiency and reduced GHGs.
Heat pumps provide efficient heating by drawing heat from outside air, the ground or a water body, and transferring that heat into a building. Learn more about the use of electric-powered heat pumps in place of electric resistance heating like baseboards, electric furnaces and electric boilers.
Heat pumps provide efficient heating by drawing heat from outside air, the ground or a water body, and transferring that heat into a building. Learn more about the use of electric-powered heat pumps in place of gas or oil-based heating systems.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning account for a large proportion of a building’s energy use. Controlling them with intelligent technology can deliver substantial energy savings and GHG reductions while also improving thermal comfort and reducing maintenance requirements. Learn how.
Solar PV systems are primarily used to reduce utility bills by offsetting the building’s own electricity consumption. Learn how these systems can also be paired with battery storage to provide a number of additional benefits.
Greenhouse gas emissions from water heating can be reduced by improving the efficiency of water heating or by switching to a lower-carbon energy source. Read about three technologies in the residential sector with the greatest potential for GHG reductions.