The Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) lies in the northeastern corner of British Columbia, located 7 kilometers south of the town of Fort Nelson. With funding support from Indigenous Services Canada, Community Power developed a Multi-Year Housing Upgrade Plan™ (MYHUP) to improve the comfort, safety, efficiency, and durability of 24 FNFN homes.
The Multi-Year Housing Plan identifies, prioritizes, and highlights actionable steps the Nation can take to repair and upgrade homes. By providing the Nation with estimated costs for housing renovations and energy efficiency upgrades, community leadership can more easily apply to provincial, utility, and federal funding programs. The strategic Plan also highlights local economic development opportunities that keep housing work within the community.
To kick off the project in Fall 2022, Community Power’s trained assessors conducted 24 comprehensive energy and housing assessments for the Nation. The assessments evaluated homes' current conditions with respect to energy efficiency, comfort, health, and safety, providing the Nation’s housing team with the information required to plan for and implement housing upgrades and renovations across the community. Leveraging this data, Community Power then completed Detailed Energy and Housing Assessment Reports for each of the 24 homes. In addition to a comprehensive list of recommendations and modelling results, each assessment report provides an implementation cost estimate to support planning and budgeting efforts.
The results from each home were summarized in the Multi-Year Housing Upgrade Plan, which includes the total costs required for community-wide upgrades, the potential for energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, Indigenous Housing Condition Index (IHCI) score, the urgency of repairs, and other details the community deemed valuable.