Energy efficiency makes for healthy workplaces and living spaces, reduces emissions, increases comfort and saves money. Take steps to help create a healthier environment by incorporating energy efficiency measures into your home. The ecoENERGY Efficiency for Housing program is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to advance clean energy solutions. This program encourages the construction and retrofit of low-rise residential housing, making the stock more energy efficient.
EnerGuide Rating System
The EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) is a standard measure of the energy performance of new and existing homes. The rating allows you to compare the energy performance of one house against another. For new homes, this rating and labelling system plays an important role in the construction of energy efficient new homes. For existing homes, ERS is used to evaluate home energy efficiency as a part of the application process for incentives, such as the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes grant and its complementary regional programs.
ENERGY STAR® for New Homes
The ENERGY STAR® for New Homes initiative promotes construction of new homes that are more energy efficient than those built to minimum building code requirements. The increased efficiency of these homes translates into reduced energy costs for homeowners. ENERGY STAR qualified homes are now available in many regions in Canada.
The R-2000 Standard is a voluntary standard administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and is delivered through a network of service organizations and professionals across Canada.
All R-2000 homes are constructed by licensed and trained builders, evaluated, inspected and tested by independent third-party inspectors, and are certified by the Government of Canada. R-2000 certified houses are significantly more energy efficient than those built to minimum building code requirements and have additional elements such as clean air features and high levels of insulation. This translates into energy savings, increased comfort, and a healthier environment for the homeowner.