Paper Conference

Proceedings of eSim 2020: 11th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


A techno-economic assessment of residential energy refurbishments in Canada’s remote and rural communities: A case study

Joe Coady, Jean Duquette
Carleton University, Canada

Abstract: There are roughly 300 remote communities in Canada that face a number of energy system related concerns including high fuel costs, high electricity rates, leaky and inefficient housing, and air pollution. Residential building energy retrofits can address many of these concerns. Moreover, these measures can reduce fossil fuel consumption, and improve a community’s overall housing stock. In the current study, the techno-economic feasibility of implementing a wide range of energy retrofits on a subset of building archetypes commonly found in northern Canadian remote communities is investigated. The EnergyPlus building simulation tool is used to analyse several combinations of residential building energy retrofits with the objective of maximizing energy savings and thermal comfort, and minimizing project costs. The indigenous community of MoCreebec Eeyoud, located on Moose Factory Island in northern Ontario is used as the case study. Findings from the study suggest that increasing the attic floor insulation thickness and upgrading windows and doors are the most effective building energy retrofit measures to undertake.