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Emergency Heating Policy for the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program

As a rule, property owners are required to obtain a pre-retrofit evaluation performed prior to replacing or installing space heating equipment or domestic water heaters to be eligible for the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes grant. However, the program can assist property owners who are faced with replacing equipment for health and safety reasons during colder months.

Between October 15, 2011, and March 30, 2012, eligible homeowners may be able to purchase and install space-heating or water-heating equipment prior to obtaining their pre-retrofit evaluation under the following conditions:

  • The existing system must have been 'red tagged' or deemed unsafe by the utility, service technician or building inspector; or the equipment cannot be repaired and must be replaced immediately.
  • The homeowner must register as a new participant and contact a service organization within five (5) calendar days of the system replacement in order to schedule a pre-retrofit evaluation with an energy advisor. The pre-retrofit evaluation must take place within 30 days of the new installation, and the post-retrofit evaluation must take place no later than March 31, 2012. Properties that are considered past participants are not affected by this policy as they do not require a new pre-retrofit evaluation and upgrades purchased and installed after June 6, 2011 are already eligible.
  • The homeowner must meet the mandatory requirements of the program as described in the Grant Table and this emergency heating policy.
  • The homeowner must provide the necessary documentation for heating equipment or domestic hot water equipment as described below. The optional Homeowner Record of Upgrades form can be used to capture most of these details.

Mandatory documentation for heating equipment:

The existing heating equipment (furnaces, boilers or water heaters also used for space heating) must be replaced with equipment meeting the requirements listed in the Heating Systems section of the Grant Table. In addition, new gas-fired furnaces must have a minimum efficiency (AFUE) of 94% or better to qualify under the emergency heating policy.

A copy of the invoice for the new heating system must include the following information, and homeowners must supply this information to the energy advisor at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation:

  • Supplier's business name, address and phone number
  • Date of installation
  • Manufacturer's name and model number of heating equipment; and
  • The AFUE of the product or a note indicating that it is ENERGY STAR qualified.

The heating contractor must provide you with information about the equipment being removed, and you must give this information to the energy advisor at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation:

  • Fuel type (natural gas, propane or oil)
  • Type of system (forced air, hydronic/radiant or combo)
  • Type of venting (e.g. chimney, side vent, barometric damper)
  • Manufacturer's name and model number of heating equipment
  • Rated efficiency, output, input from the nameplate
  • Last upgrade, if any (e.g. oil burner gun/assembly)

While replacing the furnace, this may be an opportunity to also replace the central air conditioner. The existing equipment must be replaced with equipment meeting the requirements listed in the Cooling Systems section of the Grant Table. Homeowners will need to supply the following information about the existing air conditioning unit:

  • Capacity
  • Make
  • Model
  • Efficiency

Mandatory documentation for domestic hot water equipment:

Homeowners must replace the existing domestic water heater with equipment meeting the requirements listed in the Domestic Hot Water Equipment section of the Grant Table, and then supply the following information about both the new and existing systems:

  • Type
  • Fuel
  • Capacity (storage)
  • Make
  • Model
  • Efficiency
  • Confirmation with your energy advisor that the new equipment is eligible

Note: Natural Resources Canada encourages homeowners to review and consider the recommendations listed in their pre-retrofit homeowner report before arranging for a post-retrofit evaluation. The greater the number of upgrades, the greater the potential grant and energy savings.

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