Through a series of large group meetings involving stakeholders from the ENGO sector, the City of the Ottawa, local energy providers, community members, and businesses in the Green Buildings sector, that open-ended process came to focus first on reducing GHG emissions from the built environment, and then residential buildings, and finally existing residential buildings. During this time, the original core of three groups expanded to include many more, and a backbone governance system began to emerge. At the end of the first phase of the project, a goal, a loose collective, and a plan for how to take our goal and turn it into a Theory of Change roadmap had emerged.
The second phase began in 2018. During this time, five key pillars were identified that would support the overall goal:
- New Buildings – a focus on scaling up new building technologies & improving building codes
- Existing Buildings – a focus on deep-energy retrofits for existing residential buildings, including fuel switching, insulation upgrades, and scaling up these and other technologies
- Community Engagement – a focus on building community momentum for the changes that need to be made, to buildings, on the community level, and politically
- Social Finance – finding, developing, and scaling up innovative funding solutions that will make the work possible
- Smart Green Economy – supporting needed growth in the relevant trade, supply, and retail sectors to ensure we meet this challenge with locally sources, sustainable materials, and speed the transition to a low carbon economy