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Green Heat Challenge: $5M for Low-Carbon Building Heating

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are looking for Canadian innovators to develop, install, and operate a low-cost, low-carbon, energy generation/transfer system that can heat over ten thousand existing DND buildings at sufficient temperatures and meet the Occupational Health and Safety codes standards for federal buildings.

Receive up to $5,000,000 in funding towards designing and building a low-carbon heating solution for the 10,000+ Department of National Defence federal buildings.

Your ideas and innovative solutions could pave the way for a better heating solution for more buildings in the Canadian government and help us reduce our overall carbon footprint. The request for proposal will be issued in the summer of 2021. Subscribe to the Mentor Works newsletter to stay up to date on the Green Heat Challenge.

Funding Snapshot: Green Heat Challenge

Funding Amount

The Design-Build contract component of the project has been scoped out to fund up to $5,000,000. More information on funding for later stages of the project has yet to be released.

Project Requirements

The challenge is in finding ways to convert these buildings to low carbon heating without requiring a major building retrofit, which would be cost prohibitive.

Defence Construction Canada has issued an Advance Procurement Notice with details on what requirements this project requires including security, researchers, contractors, consultants, and an opportunity to assemble a team to organize and implement this project.

Outcomes the Government is Looking For

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% in 2030 compared to their GHG emissions in 2005. They have further committed to an 80% reduction in GHG levels by 2050.

Currently, DND facilities use 60% of their energy requirements for space heating, of which 90% is generated from the burning of fossil fuels. Given that DND has more than 10,000 buildings in its portfolio, the need to address the GHG emissions of these buildings is essential.

Apply for the Green Heat Challenge

The request for proposal will be issued in the summer of 2021 but you can read up on what expectations the program has by reviewing the Advance Procurement Notice. You can also read the latest updates on related funding from the Canadian government by viewing our Sustainability and Environmental Funding or Green Business Funding news.

Subscribe to the Mentor Works newsletter to stay up to date on any changes or announcements related to the Green Heat Challenge. You’ll also be notified each week about the latest government grants and loan programs.

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