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Alberta Hydronics Stakeholders Meet To Discuss Insulation Crisis

May 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Last week CIPH Region members from Calgary and Edmonton convened a stakeholders meeting to discuss the current climate of the Hydronics industry resulting from the intense insulation requirements including in section 9.36 of the National Model Energy Code for Buildings.


To gain the broadest possible perspective there were also members from MCA Alberta, who have been suffering as well and who have been aligned with CIPH on this issue since the beginning.


The purpose of the meeting was to review the situation, the efforts that have been taken to date and to set a plan for future action. Even though there is certainly a lot to grumble about participants agreed that it would serve no real purpose and focused on solutions.


In short summary the actions to date have included:

  • Alberta wide survey to measure the impact of the regulation
  1. Alberta wide survey to measure the impact of the regulation
  2. Augmented by review of WSS data to confirm impact
  • Local MCA Members participate in survey to enhance results.
  • Response letter to Alberta officials – highlighting impact and lack of meaningful consultation
  • Submission of additional technical data as requested by the Province
  • Invitation to engage at Canadian Hydronics Conference (Edmonton) – Province provided a chance to field questions in panel setting
  • Additional submission of technical information gathered through the Energy Advisor program
  • Presentation of findings to the Buildings Sub Council
  • Working on follow up submission and coordination with MCA Alberta

To keep things moving forward there was discussion about getting more strategic, and political, to pressure a positive response.  To that end local members are seeking to:


  • Have an audience with the Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs
  • Engage local politicians, who are potentially going to lose if the market continues to deteriorate
  • Seek recognition of CHC certified design as an official alternate pathway
  • Create media attention that applies pressure on those empowered to act


All of these options will put pressure to respond in a more responsible way. The Council has repeatedly demonstrated that the additional insulation serves only to increase costs and thus encourage less efficient heating system options, neither of which is good for consumers; and which is at odds with the broader energy and environmental goals of Canada. 

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