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Background Research Documents

Backgrounder 1

Sustainability: Visions and Metrics

An exploration of the different meanings and metrics that describe a sustainable society, from the Canadian concept of the Conserver Society to contemporary sustainable communities and integrated community energy systems such as QUEST.

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Background 2
Sustainable technologies: what dies it take to make us green?

This examination of how technology is adopted and deployed evaluates the success of three government programs to promote energy conservation and lists all the technologies already available that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions if they were deployed systematically.

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Backgrounder 3
Barriers to sustainability

An analysis of barriers to green technologies that builds on examples of wind energy and energy efficient commercial buildings to present a detailed review of barriers to greening the residential sector and to building sustainable communities.

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Backgrounder 4
Financing Sustainability: Models for the Energy efficient single-family house in Canada

This paper, prepared by Telfer MBA students, reviews mechanisms currently available to help homeowners cover the costs of expensive additional features that can bring a residential house up to net zero energy standards.

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