Future Homes Ottawa (Phase One)

This page is about the first phase of Future Homes Ottawa which ran from May 2021 to March 2022. To learn about where the project is at now click here.

Welcome to Ottawa’s First Neighbourhood Retrofit Project!

Future Homes Ottawa (Phase One) is a pilot program led by EnviroCentre in partnership with the Ottawa Energy Collective and funded by the Ottawa Climate Action Fund. It aims to mobilize community participation in the kind of deep energy retrofits our city needs to transform our neighbourhoods into the low-emissions, resilient, climate-proofed communities of the future.

The project brings together Ottawa’s leading experts in home energy efficiency and community engagement to test and develop strategies custom-designed for Ottawa homes, residents and communities. 

The project is part of Ottawa’s strategy to preserve our climate, meet our emissions reduction targets and support a healthy, resilient community. 

How it Works

The Futures Home Ottawa pilot project is Phase One of a three-phased residential deep retrofit initiative and ran between May 2021 and March 2022. 

The goal of the pilot was to build local capacity for the mass residential retrofit project that Ottawa will need to meet our emissions reduction targets. Specifically, the project aimed to develop some key homeowner support tools and to test communications and outreach approaches to mobilize community engagement and participation in deep home retrofits in two Ottawa neighbourhoods: Carlington and Old Ottawa South. 

Phase One: Results

Roadmap to Engagement

This report compiles everything we learned in Phase One of Future Homes Ottawa.

It is a breakdown of what we did to get our project rolling, what worked, some of our challenges, and what we recommend for other groups walking the same path.

We hope it will give you ideas for your local project model, save you some time, and move you forward, with the aim to accelerate this important national retrofit project. 

Download the report!

About Future Homes Ottawa (Phase One)

Learn more about this project and why it represents a step on the path towards meeting Ottawa’s climate targets.

Future Homes Ottawa Round-up: Learnings from Ottawa’s First Neighbourhood Retrofit Project

This video of the virtual wrap-up event of Phase One presents an overview of the project as well as highlights of what we learned along the way.

More Future Homes Ottawa Webinars

Webinar on Home Energy Retrofits for Old Ottawa South

Webinar on Home Energy Retrofits for Carlington

Demo Project Webinar

Phase Two Roll Out

Phase Two of Future Homes Ottawa is rolling out in Spring/Summer 2022. We will continue to share updates on our social media channels @EnviroCentre and via the Future Homes Ottawa community newsletter.

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General inquiries can be directed to futurehomes at envirocentre.ca

Press inquiries can be directed to communications at envirocentre.ca

More Resources

Visit the Better Homes Ottawa website to learn more about Future Homes Ottawa and the other supports available for Ottawa residents looking to make their homes more energy-efficient.

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