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Rental apartment buildings

More than 50 per cent of the rental apartment buildings in BC’s Interior are older than 35 years and may not be as energy efficient as they could be. With a few simple changes to your building, you can save money, energy and water. 

We can make these changes for you and help you decrease your building’s energy consumption and improve tenant comfort with the Rental Apartment Efficiency Program. Best of all, the program is offered at no-cost to building owners and property managers.

Eligibility requirements1

The building must:

  1. be a purpose-built rental containing a minimum of nine units
  2. receive natural gas and/or electricity2 from FortisBC under a commercial rate class
  3. have central electric3 or natural gas water heating 
  4. not be slated for demolition
  5. not have water-efficient shower heads and aerators previously installed

1You can find a complete list of requirements in the terms and conditions.
2Includes Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro.
3Only for FortisBC or municipal electricity customers. BC Hydro customers with central electric water heating are not eligible for this program.

The offer

Eligible rental apartment building owners, or property managers acting on behalf of owners, are eligible to receive the following at no-charge: 

  • a water-efficient shower head, a kitchen and bathroom faucet aerator and up to 10 LED bulbs3 directly installed in each unit
  • a building energy assessment to identify energy-efficiency improvements and upgrades
  • ongoing professional assistance to guide you through the process of making larger energy-efficiency upgrades

Annual savings

A typical building where a water-efficient shower head and faucet aerators are installed in each unit along with replacing its central non-condensing space heating boiler with a new condensing boiler could expect to save up to 27 per cent of its natural gas usage.4

If your water is metered, these water-efficient products could help save money on your building’s water bill.

Energy assessment

During the building energy assessment, our engineering consultants will identify additional no- and low-cost energy-saving improvements, as well as opportunities to save through our rebate programs for upgrading to high-efficiency space and water heating systems and common area lighting.

Ongoing support

If you decide to upgrade your space or water heating systems or common area lighting and controls, we’ll support you every step of the way from acquiring quotes and finding the right contractor, to applying for rebates through our commercial programs.

How to apply

  1. Review the terms and conditions and submit a completed and signed application to apartmentrebates@fortisbc.com
  2. If your application is approved, we’ll contact you to schedule a date for the direct installation of shower heads, faucet aerators and light bulbs and the building energy assessment. 
  3. Please allow a minimum of 30 days to process your application.

Questions?

Read our frequently asked questions, email apartmentrebates@fortisbc.com or call 1-877-327-6137.  


4The 27 per cent energy savings is based on 18 per cent savings on natural gas for an efficient boiler/domestic hot water system and 12 per cent savings for installed water-efficient fixtures, multiplied by the reduced load of 0.82 to result in 9 per cent savings in combination. Boiler savings of 18 per cent are an average based on an independent evaluation in 2011 by Prism Engineering of 148 multi-unit residential buildings that participated in the FortisBC Efficient Boiler Program. The water-efficient fixture savings of 12 per cent are based on a 2015 joint FortisBC and BC Hydro study of 70 multi-unit residential buildings that participated in a direct install program with no other energy efficiency upgrades made to the buildings. Actual results may vary. Savings do not include the basic charge or carbon or other taxes. The building owner would need to purchase and install a new condensing boiler for which FortisBC rebates are available.