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Metro Vancouver today launched its new Strata Energy Advisor Program, which will provide support to hundreds of multi-family residential strata corporations on how they might revamp their buildings to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money. Strata corporations and managers doing regular maintenance or renovations can register at  a free assessment of their building by a “strata energy advisor,” who will tour their site and offer advice on the costs, risks, savings and benefits of achieving higher levels of energy efficiency when replacing items such as boilers, windows and other building envelope components.Between 300 and 800 stratas in Metro Vancouver undertake a major renovation each year. A typical strata building could potentially reduce natural gas use by 20 percent by replacing an old boiler at the end of its life with a modern, high efficiency, lower emission condensing unit. “With climate change on the horizon, the Strata Energy Advisor program is a cost-effective tool that can improve Metro Vancouver’s environmental footprint, one building at a time,” said Derek Corrigan, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee. “This program aims to make it easier for stratas doing maintenance or a major renovation to find cost savings and energy efficient solutions that make the most sense for their buildings.” Metro Vancouver has more than 7,200 strata buildings, housing more than 380,000 households. Strata buildings emit more than 700,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually and use more than 8,000 gigawatt hours of energy, primarily from natural gas and electricity, per year. The Strata Energy Advisor Program is being run as a two-year pilot, modelled after a similar initiative in Australia. This program is one of the first of its kind in North America and is open to all residential strata corporations across the region. Cities including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and New Westminster, along with the University of B.C., are project funding partners. The project is also supported by the Condominium Homeowners Association (CHOA), BC Hydro, Fortis BC, and BC Housing.“With our growing population, density is the key to bolstering our housing stock, which means we will likely see more condos and townhouses across the region,” said Greg Moore, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. “By having this service in the region, we can empower strata councils and property managers with the independent energy advice they need to invest in smart, valuable building upgrades that deliver benefits – for the environment and the budget.”Multi-family residential strata corporations and managers can sign up for the Strata Energy Advisor Program at Commercial and industrial strata developments are not eligible.