Green Homes: Sustainable Finance for Residential Retrofits

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Green Homes: Sustainable Finance for Residential Retrofits


Author: Jesse Steinberg


  • Single homes, both attached and detached, are responsible for about 7.0 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Low-carbon building renovations for residential homes need to increase dramatically to reduce this level of GHG emissions.
  • The pool of available investment for retrofitting can be enlarged by connecting fixed-income markets with areas of the real economy central to the low-carbon transition.
  • The part of the fixed-income market dedicated to green investment is growing rapidly.
  • New financing tools, both private and government, will encourage homeowners to invest in deep retrofits of their properties.
  • Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing and green mortgages are discussed.
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Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions from family homes are too high. To help homeowners invest in the necessary deep retrofits of their residential properties, two innovative financing tools—PACE and green mortgages—are discussed.

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