Transition 2050 Residential Retrofit Acceleration Project


In alignment with British Columbia’s CleanBC climate strategy, Transition 2050 is a new approach to government and industry collaboration to develop a model for accelerating energy retrofits and emissions reduction.

The Challenge: Programs designed to achieve residential emissions reductions over the past 25+ years have not created the sustained market transformation needed to produce long-term business opportunities for the home performance industry, or the volume and type of retrofits required for governments to meet future targets. Currently, BC governments are committed to making deep cuts in emissions, and BC industry is developing roadmaps for growing the market for emissions reduction products and services. A new opportunity presents itself: to enable the industry-government collaboration which will be essential to accelerating the design and implementation of the strategies and initiatives required to drive innovation, grow and sustain a robust retrofit industry, create a clear and motivational pathway for homeowners, and achieve the transition to 2050.

The Solution: A new approach to government and industry collaboration to develop a model for accelerating energy retrofit and emissions reductions. This program will: help municipalities understand their role in reducing emissions, develop implementation-focused strategies, inform policies and regulations, engage citizens and industry, implement actions, measure impact, and continuously improve strategies and projects. It will help industry provide input, have better avenues to be co-developers of retrofit strategies implementation projects and become the centre of a vibrant green workforce.

This project has been designed to have broad local and national significance and to enable collaboration, innovation, scaling up, acceleration, and replication. This will be achieved through: integrating strategies and roadmaps; diverse partners; strategic partnership with industry, multi-pronged implementation strategies, innovating with new – and variations of – rebate incentives, formal connections and broad networks; and information sharing and replicability.

The Goals: To mobilize government and industry collaboration and accelerate energy- and carbon-reduction strategies and projects to double the emissions reductions achieved from residential (Part 9 building) retrofits in program communities by 2021 while establishing a clear path to achieving medium-term and 2050 targets.

Direct Program Partners

  • City Green Solutions
  • Home Performance Stakeholder Council
  • Capital Regional District
  • City of Victoria
  • District of Saanich
  • District of Central Saanich
  • City of Campbell River
  • Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Comox Valley Regional District
  • Township of Esquimalt
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District

City Green’s Role 

City Green is the project management lead responsible for coordinating of all activities such as workshops, strategy development and communications between program partners.