Betsy Agar is senior analyst in the Buildings and Urban Solutions Program at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. She designs policy and programs for the retrofit of our B.C.’s residential building stock.

Prior to joining the Institute, Betsy was a founding member of Renewable Cities at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, where she collaborated with colleagues from around the world to expose barriers to implementation for communities fully powered by renewable energy.  Betsy is a building science engineer (PEO) and holds a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University. She also serves as a director on the board of Climate Action Edmonton.

Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to help practitioners, policy makers, and communities capitalize on energy-efficiency returns, make the urban “ecosystem” sustainable, and anchor a community’s sense of place.

When Betsy’s not working or volunteering, she is at home or travelling with her husband and teenagers — although her favourite place in the world is the South Magnetawan River, north of Parry Sound, Ontario. She has also developed an eclectic set of skills, such as producing podcasts, knitting, choral singing, and most recently swimming.

 


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Betsy Agar's Recent Publications

Letter to NRCan

Letter to NRcan re energy efficient appliances Supporting the proposed Amendment 17 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations

Publication
June 23, 2021 - By Betsy Agar

The Pembina Institute supports Amendment 17 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, which would require new home appliance energy performance standards to meet ENERGY STAR efficiency criteria at a minimum. Canada’s declaration of a climate emergency demands ambitious regulatory action like the one proposed by Amendment 17 to drive market solutions. In this case, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances are already available, so there is no reason to delay.

Kamloops needs to retrofit homes to reduce carbon pollution Infographic shows scale of retrofits required to become a zero-carbon community by 2050

Publication
Feb. 23, 2021 - By Betsy Agar, Roberta Franchuk

The City of Kamloops aims to be a zero-carbon community by 2050. This infographic shows the scale of the building retrofits needed.

Case study

Solar panels boost business case for electrifying multi-unit low-rise housing Case study

Publication
Dec. 1, 2020 - By Betsy Agar

This case study illustrates how integrating solar PV can improve the business case for retrofitting a low-rise multi-unit residential building (MURB) in B.C.

Barriers to deep retrofits

Barriers to deep retrofits: Regulatory solutions from across Canada Backgrounder

Publication
Nov. 26, 2020 - By Betsy Agar

We identify some of the regulatory barriers that deep retrofit projects in Canada have faced, and provide some example solutions that might facilitate exemptions for demonstration projects.

Edmonton needs to retrofit homes to reduce carbon pollution Infographic shows scale of retrofits required to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

Publication
Nov. 24, 2020 - By Betsy Agar, Roberta Franchuk

This infographic shows the scale of the retrofits, investment, and carbon pollution reductions needed.

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