CMHC has projects underway to help build greener housing in Canada

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OTTAWA – The climate officer for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says the federal agency has “a lot underway” to encourage more sustainable housing.

OTTAWA – The climate officer for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says the federal agency has “a lot underway” to encourage more sustainable housing.

Steven Mennill says that a first priority will be to develop standards for what makes a residence more or less sustainable.

While the agency has decent metrics for a building’s energy efficiency and overall energy performance, it says there are other variables in assessing a home’s environmental sustainability that don’t have not yet assessed.

Mennill says the hope is that creating these standards will help different levels of government craft better housing policy by having information on the climate impacts of these decisions.

Jeff Morrison, executive director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, says a move he would like to see come from CMHC is to allow housing providers to include the incremental costs associated with building more. ecological in their funding requests.

Although Mennill did not provide details on when new programs will be introduced, he said the agency intends to be “very active” in 2022.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 9, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

The Canadian Press

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