In the face of the climate emergency, your organization knows retrofit work can create sustainable non-profit housing that provides safety and comfort for tenants. But the complexity and cost of these projects are major challenges. A new $2-million pilot program is here to help your organization. Offered by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the Non-Profit Resilient Retrofit Grant program will support work on up to 30 buildings located in Vancouver. Through the program, participants will be able to:
The application deadline is April 14, 2023 and program completion is anticipated in November 2024. To apply, please fill out this form.
The program is a City of Vancouver initiative and is administered in partnership with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA). It is designed to effectively accelerate deep emissions reductions while also supporting the introduction of cooling measures and the implementation of heat pump retrofit projects.
Registered non-profit organizations who are operating affordable housing in Vancouver and are in good standing with the BC Registry Services can submit their Expression of Interest to BCNPHA. Buildings will be selected based on:
This program’s capital incentives will top up to cover up to 100% of the incremental consultant, capital and replacement costs after grants/funds from others have been applied. Incremental capital cost will be calculated using the current code minimum efficiency system that can be installed in Vancouver.
The number of projects receiving funding from this program will depend on a variety of factors, including the types of measures chosen and the size of participating buildings. Additional capital funding streams can be used to leverage the project budget for each participant.
Grants will be paid in the form of a rebate upon completion and verification of the retrofit work phase and the required documentation. Exceptions to this may be requested subject to organizational need.
The following upgrades will be considered:
The Program does not financially support:
Expression of Interest: April 15 2023
Energy Audits: Spring 2023
Detailed Energy Studies for selected buildings: Fall 2023
Retrofits completed: Fall 2024
M&V and commissioning: Fall 2025
Expression of interest
Building energy benchmarking
Shortlisted non-profits will get set up for benchmarking, including energy and GHG emissions analysis and reporting.
Walk-through audits will identify potential low carbon retrofits in buildings and determine eligibility for upgrades. If sufficient opportunity exists, BCNPHA will help provide advice on rebates from this program and other funding sources.
Detailed energy studies
Once a building is accepted into the Program, a detailed energy study will be conducted.
Retrofit implementation and mechanical design
The selected program participants will receive implementation support including detailed design, support with the Request for Proposal (RFP) and bidding process and construction management.
The contractors, hired by the non-profit societies complete the retrofits as detailed.
Commissioning and Measurement and Verification (M&V)
1-year of post-retrofit commissioning will be provided to ensure that the building systems are functioning and operating as designed.
Retrofit coaching and ongoing support
BCNPHA will provide start-to-finish assistance to identify and prioritize fuel-switching opportunities, ‘translate’ technical language from engineering, evaluate quotes and equipment options, coordinate site visits, and provide expertise for successful retrofit implementation and ongoing operation. Assistance will also include applying for all utility and non-utility incentives by collecting appropriate information on project energy savings and a detailed breakdown of project costs.
Capacity building and operator training
To assist non-profits in developing and delivering high quality affordable housing to British Columbians, BCNPHA will take learnings from the energy retrofit projects and develop case studies that highlight the opportunities and challenges of low carbon technologies in the non-market housing sector, develop an operator training module for heat pump technologies, and support operators on an ongoing basis to address technical challenges
Helpful info you need to support your work in BC’s non-profit housing sector.
Learn how to integrate green asset management practices into existing operations and maintenance plans.Learn More
Access a wide range of rebates and incentives from our partners and housing stakeholders to help fund your retrofit project.Learn More
Start saving energy with a detailed energy audit.Learn More