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FAQ

What is the difference between the old EnerGuide Rating System and Version 15 released in April 2016?

The previous rating scale was from 0 – 100. A new house built to building code standards would rate on average between 65-62. An new house that is considered energy-efficient would rate between 80-90, where a rating of 80 or higher is considered excellent.

The EnerGuide rating is now defined as the annual net energy consumption of a house based on calculated energy use and production, expressed in gigajoules (GJ) per year. Read full details Here

I am a homeowner who is building my own home. What aspects can we incorporate to have a home that is Green?

First and foremost, ask yourself what you mean by “Green”. Are you looking for energy efficiency, local building products, low maintenance natural landscaping, healthier indoor air quality, reusable energy etc? Green is a small word that can describe many things so it is important to narrow in on what the focus of the project is. If the goal is to have a sustainable home that is environmentally sensitive, then we highly recommend contacting a certified ENERGY STAR®, R-2000 or BUILT GREEN® Builder to consult on the project. If the overall goal is to build a home that uses less energy than a standard home, consult a Certified Energy Advisor to perform a plan evaluation of the home and give you an idea of where the energy usage is projected to be before the home is complete, allowing for necessary adjustments to improve the rating.

I am a builder who is being asked by my client to build them a custom home that uses less energy than code built homes. Where do I start?

If the main focus of the project is energy consumption, contact a Certified Energy Advisor first to perform a plan evaluation and create a pathway to achieving a high EnerGuide rating.  You may want to consider the ENERGY STAR program or the R-2000 program path as well which, in addition to energy consumption, include education and training, sustainable features in the home and overall a healthier better built product.

How do I make sure my contractor is a ENERGY STAR Qualified builder?

Some say that imitation is the highest form of flattery but it is a dangerous game when it comes to the certification of your home. Qualified ENERGY STAR Builders have taken training that is updated every two years and may be members in good standing the Canadian Home Builders' Association. They work closely with licensed third party Certified Energy Advisors and follow all requirements of the EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR programs.

Please contact us for clarification of their certification status.

I have recently purchased a home with an EnerGuide rating. What does this mean?

If you have purchased a home with an EnerGuide rating, the energy label is most likely posed to your electrical panel and you may have received a copy of the homeowner report as well. An EnerGuide rating means that a Certified Energy Advisor has modeling your home in specialized software called Hot2000, which along with an onsite test, calculates the energy consumption of the home.

On average, a new house built to building code standards can have an EnerGuide rating that ranges between 65 and 79. An energy efficient new home will have an EnerGuide rating of 80 to 90 points and a home with a rating of 100 is considered a Net Zero Home; meaning that the home creates as much energy as it uses.

What are the benefits to living in an ENERGY STAR qualified or R-2000 home?

ENERGY STAR and R-2000 qualified homes have less of an environmental impact than traditionally built homes because by design they conserve water and energy, are energy efficient and use recycled or renewable products and materials. They are resource efficient and produce less waste than typical products and have a long life-cycle requiring less maintenance. Materials are also non-toxic and renewable or replaceable within a period of time.

On average, an ENERGY STAR home is 20% more energy efficient than a code-built home and an R-2000 home is 50% more energy efficient.

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