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You are here: Home  July 2008  Financial News eco-ENERGY help for Canadian hotels

eco-ENERGY help for Canadian hotels

Did you know you can design your new hotels to be more efficient with little to no incremental costs, or retrofit your existing properties with measures that pay for themselves over time? 

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) offers the following programs to help hotel owners and other organizations improve energy efficiency in buildings.

ecoENERGY for buildings

Through ecoENERGY for Buildings and Houses (, you can access training and workshops, free software such as EE4 and RETScreen, and technical publications, case studies and newsletters.
The program supports the update of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) and is working with provinces and territories to develop a voluntary energy labelling system for buildings.

If you are designing a new building or addition that is at least 25 per cent better than the current MNECB, you can apply for a validation from NRCan. The department promotes financing options such as energy performance contracting and best practices such as building optimization (commissioning and recommissioning). Collaboration with stakeholder associations, utilities and service providers is also a strong component.

ecoENERGY Retrofit

A financial incentive, ecoENERGY Retrofit – Small and Medium Organizations (, helps improve buildings that are 20,000 square metres or less. After performing a pre-project energy audit and completing the application forms, your property could be eligible for the lesser of $10 per gigajoule of estimated annual energy savings or 25 per cent of project costs. The maximum incentive is $50,000 per project and $250,000 per organization over the life of the program.

ecoENERGY Renewable Heat

Another incentive, ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat ( offers 25 per cent of purchase, installation and certain other costs for qualifying solar air and water heating systems, up to $80,000 per installation.

Contribution Agreements

If your hotel is applying for either of these incentives from NRCan, it is important you do not incur costs until you receive a signed Contribution Agreement.
For more information on Government of Canada programs after visiting the ecoACTION websites above, please contact the Office of Energy Efficiency at or call 1-877-360-5500.

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