March 25, 2004

York Regional Council enters into two grant agreements for Building Energy Feasibility Studies (BEFS)

NEWMARKET –York Regional Council today entered into Grant Agreements with the Federation of Canadian Municipal Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF) and the Office of Energy Efficiency Energy Innovators Initiative (EII).   Under the combined grants the Region will be able to access up to $700,000, leveraging up to 100% of costs for Building Energy Feasibility Studies (BEFS).
“I am very pleased the Region has entered into these grant agreements,” says Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO.  “We have an opportunity to investigate more energy-saving measures and lay the groundwork for incorporating these energy and environmentally friendly aspects into Regional buildings.”
GMEF expects to support a large number of studies, demonstrations and pilots projects to assess the technical, environmental and/or economic feasibility of innovative municipal projects. 
With the proper benchmarks in place, the Region will be able to measure the cost-savings and associated performance improvements whenever an energy-saving measure is implemented in Regional buildings.
The purpose of the grant from EII will be to help York Region lower its energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.  This will be done through retrofit projects and retrofit planning.
“Energy Management is an important issue,” says Town of Markham Mayor Donald Cousens, Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee.  “These studies will allow the Region to understand and capture energy-savings measures from existing operations and compliment the other energy studies that are underway at the Region.”
Building Energy Feasibility Studies (BEFS) will assist the Region in making informed decisions regarding the integration of high performance building technologies as well as maximize the implementation of energy and environmental measures.  Reports will be made back to Council at the end of each calendar year between 2004 and 2006, outlining actual feasibility cost-avoidance and energy savings.
Contact:   Masrine Guthrie-Peart, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1236
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