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Consumers Council of Canada to address national and provincial inequities in energy efficiency for houses

Tuesday, October 2nd 2007 9:25:48am

Media Advisory
Attention News/Assignment Editors and Reporters

Consumers Council of Canada to address national and provincial inequities in energy efficiency for houses

Intent on protecting consumers and eliminating gap between ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

(Ottawa, ON)  The Consumers Council of Canada, with the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, is holding a media conference on Wednesday, October 3rd at 10 AM in the Charles-Lynch Room in Ottawa to address national and provincial inequities in energy efficiency for houses.  

The National Building Code, which does not consider energy efficiency, has been adopted by Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon and the Territories. The only provinces with building codes that consider energy efficiency in new house construction are British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and to a lesser extent Alberta.

Joan Huzar, founding member of the Consumers Council of Canada, and Ken Elsey, Executive Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, will discuss how resolving these inequities will protect Canadian consumers.


Media conference on inequities in energy efficiency standards and National Building Code


Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at 10 AM


Charles-Lynch Room, 130-S, Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario


Joan Huzar, founding member, Consumers Council of Canada
Ken Elsey, Executive Director, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

* Polling results to be discussed.

For more information, contact:

Brent Kulba (e|c|o media relations), 416-972-7401.

On-site:  Don Huff, 416-805-7720

The Consumers Council of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization providing a consumer voice and helping business and government manage today’s consumer issues.  The Council works collaboratively to promote consumers’ rights and responsibilities for an efficient, equitable and effective marketplace.  The Council is funded through membership and project work with a variety of private and public sector partners.  (www.consumerscouncil.com)

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, a broad based, not-for-profit organization, was established (1995) to respond to the lack of a coordinated multi-stakeholder effort to promote energy efficiency in Canada, leading to enhanced competitiveness and improved environmental protection. The Alliance works in partnership with manufacturers, utilities, governments, builders, labour, consumer groups, and environmental organizations to facilitate the adoption of energy efficiency measures in Canada. The Alliance is supported through fees and project contributions from members.  (www.energyefficiency.org)