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On January 30th, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) facilitated an HVAC industry workshop titled Accelerating deployment of heat pumps in Ontario’s Multi-family building (MURB) sector.

The organization shared results of their research into the known market barriers to the proliferation of heat pumps in the MURB market in Ontario and made a series of recommendations focused on: a) research, development and demonstration projects aimed at overcoming these barriers; b) incentive and financing tools; c) capacity building and quality assurance measures; and d) regulatory solutions.

The relative merits of these options were discussed with group of about 25 industry representatives, with a goal of aiding the industry in presenting constructive recommendations to the Government of Ontario.  Rather than fixating on incentives, participants steered the discussion primarily to a focus on the importance of educating the marketplace, starting with industry participants including architects and engineers as well as HVACR contractors.  It was also suggested that perhaps the best vehicle to facilitate investment in these technologies would be to mandate the more active promotion within municipalities of the use of Local Improvement Charges (LIC), known in other jurisdictions as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing – which allows for low interest financing of projects to be repaid on the property tax bill for the benefitting homes and buildings.

A summary report with recommendations will be shared in about a month.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.