Home Efficiency Animator Training will return in 2021.

Home Efficiency Animator Training (HEAT) is a two-day, 14-hour, no-cost, capacity building program focused on best practices in residential energy conservation.

The training is designed to help Toronto’s community and sustainability leaders to:

  • better understand retrofit best-practices, including low-cost and deep-impact energy savings measures;
  • understand and explain the greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy, and economic benefits of energy upgrades;
  • understand key concepts from Natural Resources Canada’s home energy efficiency learning outcomes; and
  • apply these concepts in their communities to increase energy efficiency and climate action engagement in Toronto.

The purpose of the training is to help accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions from Toronto’s residential homes by increasing community-wide conservation literacy and engagement. It is also an opportunity to connect with a network of fellow learners, professionals and change-makers focused on creating opportunities to drive energy efficiency and retrofitting with a focus on climate action. This training may be helpful to individuals looking to expand their skills and experience toward a career in climate action, sustainability, green building and/or building sciences.

Participants in the program will receive a certificate of participation from Humber College.

You must attend both days of the training session. Training will be held in downtown Toronto.

HEAT is a joint program of the City of Toronto, Humber College and Natural Resources Canada, and is being offered at no cost to participants, but there is limited capacity.

Home Efficiency Animator Training is open to residents of Toronto who are:

  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • engaged in climate action work; or
  • engaged in neighbourhood or resident engagement; or
  • recent graduate interested in climate action or energy efficiency retrofits; or
  • renovator or contractor.

We encourage community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, LGBTQ2IAA persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with Disabilities / Disabled people to apply.

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Training topics will include:

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC);
  • building envelope;
  • windows & doors;
  • domestic hot water;
  • water conservation;
  • occupant devices (plug loads);
  • behavioural change based on NRCan’s House-as-a-System concept;
  • key building science principles;
  • communicating retrofit GHG;
  • economic/non-economic benefits;
  • reducing resistance to retrofits; and
  • supports, incentives, and financing programs available to support the retrofit of low-rise homes (single family detached, semi-detached and townhouses).

This training is made possible by a financial contribution from Natural Resources Canada.

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