A Durham Region Project
A timely program amid the spiralling impact of Climate change
Durham Greener Homes is a program of the Regional Municipality of Durham administered by Windfall Ecology Centre. It is designed to help homeowners in the Region overcome the challenges of completing energy retrofits by providing support throughout the home retrofit journey. The initiative sprung from the Region's commitment to foster sustainable communities by advocating for a region-wide transition to energy-efficient homes as part of its cleaner environment and low carbon plan.
Durham Greener Homes is a timely program amid the spiralling impact of Climate change on communities in Canada, fuelling the urgency for sustainability measures. We recognize our part in the collective effort to contribute to Canada's net-zero emission reduction goal. As a result, Durham Region has declared a climate emergency, committing to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the Region by 2050, giving rise to the Durham Greener Homes program as part of its roadmap.
With the program's launch, Durham Region is intensifying efforts toward its low carbon pathway outlined in the existing Durham Community Energy Plan, which calls for nearly all the 200,000 homes in the Region to undergo deep energy retrofits by 2050. While Durham Greener Homes is a step in the right direction to engage Durham homeowners in climate action by retrofitting their homes, the program makes this easier by taking some of the stress off homeowners in the home energy retrofit journey. We are collaborating with expert energy advisors, local lending institutions, and energy utilities to help simplify the process while transforming the market for residential energy efficiency.
From creating well-paying jobs in the local renovation market to helping homeowners lower energy consumption and reduce energy spending, the benefits of Durham Greener Homes are not only immediate but far-reaching. The program will help create more resilient homes, affording homeowners improved comfort, increased home resale value, and a healthier, sustainable environment, thanks to reduced residential greenhouse gas emissions.
This program was carried out with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, an endowment created by the Government of Canada.