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British Columbia Rebates

LiveSmart BC + ecoENERGY


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Single family home retrofit incentives
Governments of BC & Canada

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ecoENERGY

LIVESMART CHAMPION - Become a Champion and receive an extra bonus for increasing your home’s energy efficiency

Undertake a Champion Level upgrade in at least five upgrade categories. Champion Level upgrades are identified by a LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit. Upgrade categories are divided by green bands. $500 $400
Achieve CHBA Built Green Renovation Standard Platinum.
Visit www.builtgreencanada.ca for information.
$500 $400

Air Sealing and Mechanical Ventilation

Perform Air Sealing of the Home to Achieve


Base Target + 25% $500 $400 $430
• Base Target + 15% $300 $250 $310
• Base Target + 5% $125 $100 $190

Install or replace mechanical ventilation


Note: In order to qualify bathroom fans must be ducted to the exterior of the house.

Install a HVI certified ENERGY STAR Heat Recovery Ventilator and achieve a house air tightness of 3 ach @50Pa in Interior & Northern BC, or 4.5 ach @50Pa in South Coastal BC LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $1,000 $800 $375
Install an ENERGY STAR Bathroom fan where there was not previously a bathroom fan $100 $100
Replace an existing bathroom fan with an ENERGY STAR bathroom fan $50 $50
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ecoENERGY

Attic Insulation - 100% coverage required. Incentive pro-rated based on coverage before upgrade4

Increase Attic
Insulation

Existing insulation R-12 or less.
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-50
LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$750 $600 $750
Existing Insulation R-13 – R-25.
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-50
$375 $300 $375
Existing Insulation R-26 – R-35
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-50
$125 $100 $125

Increase Cathedral
or Flat Roof Insulation



No existing insulation
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-14
LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$750 $600 $500
Existing Insulation R-1 – R-12
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-28 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$750 $600 $750
Existing Insulation R-13 – R-35
Upgrade to achieve a minimum of R-50
$250 $200 $250

Exterior Wall Insulation (see important notes below)

Increase Exterior
Wall Insulation


Add at least R-9 for 100%
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12
LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$1,500 $1,200 $1,875
Add at least R-9 for 80%+
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$1,200 $1,000 $1,500
Add at least R-9 for 60%+
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12
$900 $700 $1,125
Add at least R-3.8 for 100%
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$1,000 $750 $1,125
Add at least R-3.8 for 80%+
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12
$800 $600 $900
Add at least R-3.8 for 60%+
of building to achieve a minimum of R-12
$600 $450 $675
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Basement Insulation and Other Insulation5

Increase Basement
Insulation


Add at least R-23 for 100%
of surface area
LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$1,250 $1,000 $1,250
Add at least R-23 for 80%
of surface area LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$1,000 $800 $1,000
Add at least R-23 for 60%
of surface area
$750 $600 $750
Add at least R-10 for 100%
of surface LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$625 $500 $625
Add at least R-10 for 80%
of surface
$500 $400 $500
Add at least R-10 for 60%
of surface area
$375 $300 $375

Other Insulation - 100% coverage required. Incentive pro-rated based on coverage before upgrade5

Basement Header

Add at least R-20 $125 $100 $125

Crawl Space Wall

(can qualify for only this rebate or Floor Above Crawl Space rebate)

Add at least R-23 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $1,000 $800 $1,000
Add at least R-10 $500 $400 $500

Floor Above Crawl Space

Add at least R-24 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $550 $450 $250

Exposed Floor

Add at least R-20
(150 sq. ft. minimum)
$225 $175 $190
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Important update


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Windows / Doors / Skylights - Heated Space Only6

ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors, and Skylights Replacement


Rated one ENERGY STAR zone better LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
(must upgrade a minimum of 75% of windows to achieve Champion Level)
$70 each $60 each $40 each
• Rated for your ENERGY STAR zone $35 each $30 each $40 each
• LiveSmart qualified storm windows. Only available for formally recognized heritage homes. For qualification requirements and a list of eligible, formally-recognized heritage homes, speak to your energy advisor. $25 each $20 each
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 Primary Space Heating8 - Heating systems may be advertised with an AFUE “up to” a certain  percentage. Please ensure that the installed efficiency of your heating system meets the requirements.

Certified/Accredited
Installation

Contractor with TECA or HRAI accreditation or AScT Mechanical Technologist credential

• Furnace, Heat Pump, Boiler or Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) system design and installation signed off by a TECA Quality First or HRAI Skilltech or AScT Mechanical Technologist accredited professional. See “Important Notes” below. $100 $100

Gas Furnace
Replacement

ENERGY STAR 95 per cent AFUE or better with DC variable speed motor LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $600 $500 $790
• Zero Clearance Gas Furnace 90 per cent AFUE with a DC variable speed motor $300 $250 $375

Gas Boiler
Replacement

ENERGY STAR condensing gas boiler 90 per cent AFUE or better LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $600 $500 $750

Air Source
Heat Pump Installation


Add on Heat Pump, Ductless Mini-split, or Single Package System
ENERGY STAR central system verified with an AHRI number, with either a new DC variable speed air handler or a new ENERGY STAR furnace with DC variable speed motor LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $1,500 $1,500 $500 +
Furnace
Grant
Ductless mini-split: one head in main occupied area plus one additional head on a different floor, ENERGY STAR or LiveSmart qualified inverter-based system LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
• ENERGY STAR central system added to an existing furnace or added to an existing indoor air handling unit LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit

• Ductless mini-split: Single head in main occupied area, ENERGY STAR or LiveSmart qualified inverter-based system LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit

• ENERGY STAR single package system LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit

Note: All components of each ENERGY STAR qualified Air Source Heat Pump system must have a qualifying AHRI number. This includes new or existing furnaces, indoor and outdoor air handlers, and heat pumps.

If you are planning on installing an Air Source Heat Pump insist that your contractor consult the “LiveSmart BC Notes for Contractors" before purchasing or installing any equipment.
$1,000 $1,000 $500

Ground or
Water Source
Heat Pump


Note: Canadian Geo Exchange Coalition certificate must be available at the time of the follow-up assessment
CAN/CSA-C448 compliant, new ground source heat pump installation - that is certified by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $2,500 $2,500 $4,375
CAN/CSA-C448 compliant, ground source heat pump replacement - that is certified by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $1,000 $1,000 $1,750
CAN/CSA-C448 compliant, new shared ground source heat pump serving three or more homes that is certified by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition One incentive per shared loop $1,500 $1,500
One for each distribution system in the shared loop LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $1,000 $1,000

Other Space Heating (see important notes below)

Wood Stove or Gas Fireplace Replacement to Pellet Stove

• Replace existing supplementary heating system with a pellet burning appliance that meets or exceeds the Washington State particulate emission standards for solid fuel burning domestic appliance. For a list of qualifying appliances, speak to your advisor. $500 $500 $375

Electronic Thermostats
Installation

• Replace a minimum of five thermostats for electric baseboards with electronic thermostats $50 $50 $40
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Important update


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Water Heating - Maximum of one incentive for Gas or Electric Water Heater9

Gas Water Heater Replacement

ENERGY STAR instantaneous condensing type with an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.90 LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit $300 $300 $375
• ENERGY STAR with an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.82 $200 $200 $315
• Condensing gas storage type that has a Thermal Efficiency of 94% $300 $300 $375
• Condensing gas storage type that has a Thermal Efficiency of 90% $200 $200

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
Installation

• Electric heat pump water heater with an Energy Factor (EF) of 2.0 or greater. Must be installed in an unconditioned space or have ducting of the exhaust air to the outdoors. LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit ENERGY
STAR
Integrated
system LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit
$500 $500
Add-on system $250 $250

Solar Water Heater Installation

• CAN/CSA 378 compliant. Installed by company with one installer trained to CSAF383.08. See important notes for contractors for lists of eligible systems and contractors. LiveSmart BC Champion - Home Energy Retrofit

* In addition to LiveSmart BC - The City of Vancouver's $3,000 incentive is available. Visit www.solarbc.ca
$500 $500 $1,250

Drain Water
Heat Recovery Installation

• With efficiency greater than 42% $150 $150 $165
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Distributed Power Generation - A maximum of $1,300 for any combination of new equipment

Through net
metering, generate
power via:

Photo-
voltaic
Wind Micro-
hydro
Fuel Cell      
  per
1 kw
per
0.6 kw
per
0.4 kw
per
0.25 kw
$260 $260
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LiveSmart BC - Important Notes:


  • 1 Eligiblity for Incentives

    These LiveSmart BC rebates are available to homeowners in the Province of BC who have not yet accessed incentives from either the LiveSmart BC or ecoENERGY Programs.

    There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for incentives. Not all requirements are detailed above. Refer to all the 'Important Notes' in this section and consult the "LiveSmart BC Notes for Contractors". Insist that your contractor consult this information before purchasing or installing any equipment. If you are unclear about requirements, consult your Certified Home Energy Advisor.
  • 2 Fortis BC Gas or Electric Contribution

    A portion of these incentives may be provided by Fortis BC. The incentive can only be claimed once, either from Livesmart BC or through Fortis BC. Homeowners who have received an incentive directly from Fortis BC will have their LiveSmart BC incentive amount reduced by the amount received from Fortis BC.
  • 3 Interior and Northern/South Coastal

    Interior and Northern covers most of British Columbia. South Coastal is comprised of the following: District of Squamish Municipality and Regional Districts: Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Comox Valley, Strathcona, Alberni-Clayoquot, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, and Capital Regional District. – Click here for BC map.
  • 4 Attic Insulation

    When more than one attic type is present, all applicable incentives are pro-rated based on the total area that is insulated. 100% coverage must still be achieved in either area to receive the qualifying prorated rebate.
  • 5 Basement/Other Insulation

    When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable grants are pro-rated based on the total wall area that is insulated.
  • 6 Windows, Doors and Skylights

    Grants for windows, doors and skylights are based on the number of rough openings (RO) in which windows or skylights were replaced between the pre- and post-retrofit evaluations. Each RO is counted as one window, door or skylight. A bay window, which may be made up of several windows, is regarded as one RO.
  • 7 Equipment Replacement

    To be eligible for incentives, the new equipment must have a higher efficiency than that of the original equipment.
  • 8 Space Heating

    If more than one "Primary Space Heating" measure is installed, the participant will be awarded one incentive for the highest LiveSmart BC Program amount for which they are eligible. No LiveSmart BC Program incentive will be provided for a second “Primary Space Heating” measure. Participants will continue to qualify, if eligible, for pellet stove replacement.
  • 9 Water Heating

    In addition to Water Heater incentive, participants are eligible for a Drain Water Heat Recovery and Solar Water Heater incentives.
  • 10 Federal Rebate - ecoENERGY

    Requirements for eligibility for federal rebates may differ from the requirements listed in this document. For more information on federal ecoENERGY grant requirements go to Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes.
  • 11 TECA or HRAI Accredited Contractor or AScT Mechanical Technologist

    Homeowners must receive a signed copy of the appropriate LiveSmart form from their TECA, HRAI or AScT Mechanical Technologist contractor to be eligible. Only installations of equipment that are eligible for other LiveSmart incentives are eligible. To find a TECA or HRAI-accredited contractor or an AScT Mechanical Technologist, visit www.teca.ca/Q1st_contractors.php or www.hrai.ca/certification_canada.php or www.asttbc.org/registration/technologists. You may also want to ask your contractor whether their installation staff has a technical certification (e.g. Refigeration Mechanic for air source heat pump installations) Please see "LiveSmart Notes for Contractors" for complete details.

    NOTE: Contractors and installers who do not currently hold TECA, HRAI or AScT Mechanical Technologists accreditation can still install equipment that is eligible for other LiveSmart incentives.
  • 12 Required documentation

    Homeowners must retain copies of all documentation to be eligible for incentives. Invoices and product technical documents must be avaiable for your Certified Energy Advisor on the date of your post-retrofit energy assessment.

Important Update


LiveSmart BC rebates

LiveSmart BC Home Improvement rebatesThe "LiveSmart BC Home Improvement Incentive Guide" grant table (above) shows grant and rebate amounts provided by the Government of British Columbia.

These LiveSmart BC rebates are available to homeowners in the Province of BC who have not yet accessed incentives from either the LiveSmart BC or ecoENERGY Programs.

BC Homeowners must have an initial (pre-retrofit) energy audit performed on or after April 1, 2011 and complete a follow-up (post-retrofit) energy audit within 18 months of their initial energy audit or before March 31, 2013, whichever comes first.

The LiveSmart BC incentives and grants are subject to revision, and will be paid in accordance with the terms and conditions in place at the time of the BC homeowner’s second energy audit. For current terms and conditions visit www.livesmartbc.ca/rebates

Payment of LiveSmart BC incentives is subject to the availability of funds.

The Province of BC does not endorse specific products or contractors, and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products, or contractors. The province does not guarantee performance or workmanship.

For more details about LiveSmart BC Home Improvement Incentive rebates for eligible BC homeowners - click here

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