First Nations Energy Efficiency Building Policy Program

The First Nations Energy Efficiency Building Policy Program (FNEEBPP) was developed by BC Hydro and the Ministry of Energy and Mines to support energy efficiency standards and measures in both new and existing on-reserve housing by:

  • Updating building policies
  • Improving understanding of energy efficiency measures and their costs and benefits
  • Exploring innovative funding and financing mechanisms

Program Foundations

This now-complete pilot project was developed in response to a specific request made to the Ministry of Energy and Mines by the First Nations community representatives on the BC Hydro Electricity Conservation and Efficiency Committee, asking the ministry to:

  • Facilitate improved coordination between First Nations, provincial and federal governments, utilities, and service organizations to enhance energy efficiency building standards and practices on-reserve
  • Enhance working relationships and consistency of funding for energy efficient buildings on-reserve
  • Support economic and community development initiatives of First Nations, as they relate to energy efficiency

Program Accomplishments

Between 2011 and 2016, the project successfully worked with pilot communities to develop and deliver:

  • Active engagement, participation, and relationship building with First Nations housing management staff
  • Energy assessments and EnerGuide data collection to inform future energy efficiency-related policy development, retrofits, improvement priorities, and future planning
  • Energy efficiency policy development plans and related activities
  • Numerous community-wide energy efficiency awareness and planning events, workshops, and activities
  • The adoption and implementation of minimum energy efficiency requirements for homes on reserve lands
  • The incorporation of energy efficiency training materials into a housing manager's program offered by a local B.C. university
  • A process for ongoing mentorship and sharing of energy efficiency knowledge, which resulted in the creation of the First Nations Home EnergySave Program

What Now?

First Nations seeking to improve energy efficiency in their homes and communities are encouraged to consider the following resources: