Barriers to deep retrofits: Regulatory solutions from across Canada


Construction or renovation projects featuring new technologies or different construction techniques often face regulatory barriers that may increase the time needed for permits to be issued or preclude the use of certain components.

In this backgrounder, 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. These examples may also show the way forward for regulatory change to remove such barriers.

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