A Regional Energy Coach: CHF Canada’s Brave New Idea

15 July 2021

Introducing Irfaan Hasham, CHF Canada’s new Regional Energy Coach (REC)!

Many of CHF Canada’s member co-ops are looking to improve their energy efficiency. Now there’s expert help available.  Irfaan can recommend building work that will help you save money on energy. He can also guide you towards a possible source of funding for your sustainability-related capital project.

Irfaan is based in Toronto but is available to coach co-ops nationwide. He will

  • assess your energy use and find ways you can improve your energy efficiency 
  • connect you with funding programs and incentives that could partly offset the cost of  upgrades, including the Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • help you find consultants for your co-op’s technical services and reports
  • introduce you to CHF Canada’s Asset Planning and Financial Services for building upgrades that will improve your energy performance

A bit of background on the Regional Energy Coach program from CHF Canada:

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) launched the Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) initiative of the Green Municipal Fund in 2020, offering grants and financing for energy-efficient projects for non-profit, co-operatives and municipal housing. The Regional Energy Coach (REC) pilot program is a key part of this initiative. Its goal is to increase the capacity of affordable housing providers to plan and obtain funding for energy-efficient capital projects.

CHF Canada’s official announcement of the new REC was published on April 7, 2021, and can be found here. This two-year pilot project is thanks to FCM’s SAH initiative and the Community Housing Transformation Centre. Two years isn’t a long time in a co-op. Start discussing this now or you could miss out!

For more information, contact Irfaan Hasham at 416.366.2085 or IHasham@chfcanada.coop.

CMHC Preservation Fund Information Sheet

Agency for Co-operative Housing

CMHC Co-Investment Fund Information Sheet

Agency for Co-operative Housing

FCM - Sustainable Affordable Housing Fund Information Sheet

Agency for Co-operative Housing

The Community Housing Transformation Centre Information Sheet

Agency for Co-operative Housing

Plans in Action

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