Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP)

LEEP accelerates energy efficient construction by enabling builders and renovators to reduce their time and risk identifying, exploring, and adopting innovations in the residential construction industry. Initiated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) years ago, LEEP assists with bringing innovation into the market in a well thought-out and responsive way. LEEP is delivered regionally with the intention to establish an ongoing critical mass of builders and renovators that can identify the best innovations suited to their region which can, in turn, pull through a responsive supply chain.

The results include: 

  • Energy savings for homeowners
  • Competitive advantage for participating builders, renovators, and manufacturers
  • Builder and renovator driven enhancement to local building practice


Builders and Renovators use LEEP to:

  • reduce their time and risk in finding and trying innovations that can help them build/renovate homes to higher levels of performance - better, faster, and more affordably,
  • use federal research results to inform their technology decision making, and
  • pool their buying power regionally to make it worthwhile for manufacturers to address specific issues for builders and renovators.

CHBA’S Role in LEEP


The CHBA has been supporting LEEP for more than 10 years and encourages its expansion because of its exceptional success in accelerating adoption and deployment of emerging technologies through its builder- and renovator-led model. It drives manufacturers to meet high-performance housing needs, helps local experts expand their knowledge and share best practices, and brings regional builders, renovators, trades, energy advisors and building officials together to review options and streamline implementation of innovation.

Now, CHBA is working with NRCan to scale the LEEP initiative. CHBA will be working closely with local and provincial Home Builders’ Associations to expand and deliver LEEP to strategic markets across Canada, moving LEEP from an ad-hoc approach to a coordinated national delivery. CHBA will conduct deep dives into specific technologies carried out by NRCan’s LEEP workshops and forums, leveraging its HBA network for regional delivery, with ‘best of’ forums refined to regional needs. CHBA is also uniquely positioned to disseminate the results across the Canadian home building and renovation industries and will do so through its expansive network and communication channels.

LEEP Workshops & Forums

CHBA will be rolling out the following workshops.

Cost benefit analysis workshops

Cost Benefit Analysis Workshops

These workshops are designed to help builders and renovators better understand the technologies and costs of building to higher levels of energy performance. The workshops will help select performance targets, define a case study home to work on, illustrate the range of technology combinations and associated costs, and explain how to choose the optimum solution while exploring options from a cost and technology perspective. The workshops are also designed for participants to trial NRCan's costing tool, in real-time, to have a working understanding of the tool as well as the output results. 

When & Where: CHBA is currently scheduling 12 of these workshops by March 31st. To see if there is one occurring new you, check out the schedule under LEEP Events below.

 
best of technology forums

Technology Forums

These forums and technical workshops address specific industry challenges that are of interest to builders and renovators. These forums bring together industry experts, manufacturers, technical experts, and builders and renovators to analyze and explore technologies in real-time. Through these forums, builders and renovators will have access to manufacturers, identify opportunities to optimize their construction process, identify technologies that they’re like to trial, and work with industry and technical experts to innovate and advance the industry.  Manufacturers, through the forums, gain feedback on their products, identify opportunities to innovate, and gain insights into the market.

When & Where: CHBA will be rolling these forums out in the fall of 2022.
 
innovation exchanges

Innovation Exchanges

These forums are builder/renovator led and provide opportunities for builders and renovators to share their experiences and address what worked, what did not, what to be aware of, and what they would have done differently. These forums are designed to capture and share lessons learned to accelerate innovation within the industry. An output of these forum are Technical Guides and Tools that address, identify, and document potential gaps in the industry. The publications are produced as a result of builder and renovator experience. 

When & Where: CHBA will be rolling these exchanges out in the fall of 2022. Members can view the recordings from the National Kickoff LEEP Innovation Exchanges under "LEEP Events" lower on this page. 
 
integrated design process workshops

Integrated Design Process (IDP) Workshops

These events are designed to emphasize inter-disciplinary collaboration between builders, renovators, trades, industry experts, manufacturers, and other stakeholders from the beginning of the design process. IDP encourages discussion on the importance of various high-performance issues and establishes a consensus on the matters of concern. IDP takes a holistic approach of the construction process; costing, design of systems, energy engineering and simulations, material selection, building/renovating constraints, and provides objective information on the aspect of performance. IDP enables clear communication of performance targets, strategies to achieving these targets, and allows for continuous iteration through feedback loops. 

When & Where: CHBA will be rolling these workshops out in the fall of 2022.

 

For more information on LEEP, you can check out the following on NRCan

How LEEP works
LEEP field trials
LEEP technology guides
manufacturer participation
Learn more here.
Builders and renovators participating at LEEP Technology Forums are invited to build energy efficient homes using some of the technologies they learned about. Learn more here.
Find guides and publication to help LEEP builders and renovators move forward to use new technologies pulled through the LEEP process. Learn more here.
Manufacturers respond to challenges set by builder groups. Learn more here.

LEEP Events

Find LEEP events near you!

Kickoff LEEP Innovation Exchange

On October 5, 2022, CHBA National hosted three LEEP Innovation Exchanges to give members a taste of how these sessions run. Members can watch the recordings and access the PDFs below if they're logged in to the website.

 

SESSION 1

Whole Home Energy Performance
Presented by Energy Advisor Gilles Lesage | Total Home Solutions Inc.
Learn how builders set and reach their energy performance targets.
 
About the session
This session is aimed at all builders, whether they are currently building to minimum code requirements or all the way through to Net Zero energy performance. Participants will learn about the most essential elements of building science for high-performance homes. Three builders, each who have used a unique approach, will talk about their experiences. The session will conclude with a 15 minute Q&A discussion.

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SESSION 2

Envelopes
Presented by wall systems expert Graham Finch | RDH Building Science Inc.
Learn how builders design and build high performance wall systems.
 
About the session
This session is aimed at all builders, whether they are currently building to minimum code requirements or all the way through to Net Zero energy performance. Participants will learn about building high-performance wall systems, with a focus on the most essential elements. Three builders will share the approaches from recent builds during a panel discussion. The session will conclude with a 15 minute Q&A opportunity.

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SESSION 3

Mechanical Systems
Presented by mechanicals systems expert Rob Pope | Ecolighten Energy Solutions Ltd.
Learn how builders install compact and efficient mechanical systems.
 
About the session
This session is aimed at all builders, whether they are currently building to minimum code requirements or all the way through to Net Zero energy performance. Participants will learn about building high-performance wall systems, with a focus on the most essential elements. Three builders will share the approaches from recent builds during a panel discussion. The session will conclude with a 15 minute Q&A opportunity.



There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.
There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.

LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview, Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes, and Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How.

Thursday, December 8, 2022
8:30 am – 11:30 am CST

World Trade Center Saskatoon
Prairieland Park Hall A


As part of the 2022 Growth & Development Forum, hosted by Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association, CHBA will be facilitating the workshop: LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview, Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes, and Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How.

LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview

High-performance, sustainable buildings require teamwork, 3rd-party verification and complex coordination. The Integrated Design Process (IDP) is a collaborative approach to planning, design and project delivery that helps builders deliver cost-effective, low-energy load, low-carbon, healthy and resilient homes. LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders uses NRCan Guides and Tools to inform decision-making for homes (NBC Part-9). This Intro session will explain the context, show examples and outline the structure of IDP: a better pathway to efficient, innovative buildings.

Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes

This session will help you identify cost-effective solutions for reaching the different tiers of energy-performance in the new National Building Code. Together, we will explore the energy, cost and carbon impacts for thousands of unique combinations of envelope and mechanical measures that are applicable to the local housing market.

 Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How

  • What is embodied carbon?
  • Why do home builders need to understand it?
  • How can the NRCan Material Carbon Emissions Estimator (MCE2) help you and your energy advisor estimate the embodied carbon impacts of the homes you build?

This interactive session will provide you with some context and help answer the What, Why and How of embodied carbon.  A local energy advisor will take you through the new MCE2 tool and demonstrate how simple changes to your materials can drastically reduce the embodied carbon content of the homes you build. 

For more information on the event & agenda please click here.

FOR EVENT REGISTRATION: please click here.

LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview, Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes, and Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

7:30 am – 5:30 pm CDT

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue


As part of the 2022 Housing Forum and Trade Show, hosted by Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA), CHBA will be hosting the workshop: LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview, Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes, and Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How.

The MHBA Housing Forum & Trade Show is a professional development forum which includes a tradeshow portion. After the keynote speaker starts the day off, attendees can choose from three breakout session streams (Technical, Sales and Marketing, and Workplace Safety and Health). The tradeshow is ongoing all throughout the day giving members a chance to network. The forum primarily targets sales teams, trades people, and upper-level management.

LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders – An Overview

High-performance, sustainable buildings require teamwork, 3rd-party verification and complex coordination. The Integrated Design Process (IDP) is a collaborative approach to planning, design and project delivery that helps builders deliver cost-effective, low-energy load, low-carbon, healthy and resilient homes. LEEP IDP for Canadian Homebuilders uses NRCan Guides and Tools to inform decision-making for homes (NBC Part-9). This Intro session will explain the context, show examples and outline the structure of IDP: a better pathway to efficient, innovative buildings

Costing and Optimization for Tiered Codes

This session will help you identify cost-effective solutions for reaching the different tiers of energy-performance in the new National Building Code. Together, we will explore the energy, cost and carbon impacts for thousands of unique combinations of envelope and mechanical measures that are applicable to the local housing market. 

Embodied Carbon in the Homes you Build – The What, Why and How

  • What is embodied carbon? 
  • Why do home builders need to understand it? 
  • How can the NRCan Material Carbon Emissions Estimator (MCE2) help you and your energy advisor estimate the embodied carbon impacts of the homes you build?

This interactive session will provide you with some context and help answer the What, Why and How of embodied carbon.  A local energy advisor will take you through the new MCE2 tool and demonstrate how simple changes to your materials can drastically reduce the embodied carbon content of the homes you build.

 

For more information on the event please click here

FOR EVENT REGISTRATION: Please register here by October 31st, 2022. 

 

 

There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.
There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.
There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.
There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.
There are currently no scheduled upcoming LEEP sessions in this area, but more are being planned. Please check back soon and let your HBA's Executive Officer know that you're interested in LEEP.

Industry Feedback

Feedback from industry builders, renovators, and partners. 

Have questions about LEEP? Contact:

   

Ejaz Hussain Farook

Project Manager,
Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP)
613.230.3060 x242
[email protected]