R-2000 is a pass or fail standard for energy efficiency that also promotes improved indoor air tightness and environmental responsibility in home construction.
Homes built to the R-2000 Standard typically exceed the energy performance requirements of a typical home by at least 50 per cent.
A certified home is constructed by a licensed and trained builder and is evaluated, inspected and tested by an independent third-party and is certified by the Government of Canada. The homeowner receives a certificate, label and report confirming the status of the house.
Besides including a whole-house mechanical ventilation system, including a heat-recovery device, R-2000 builders can also include a number of other clean-air measures such as selecting carpet that is certified green, using water-based paints and varnishes and installing cabinets and floor underlayment that is formaldehyde-free.
As well as air quality and energy efficiency, and R-2000 home can also benefit the environment in other ways. For example:
- Selecting building materials that have less environmental impact
- Using insulation and drywall made from recycled materials
- Building with wood studs and trim made from finger-jointed sawmill cuto-ffs that would have been unuseable in the past
- And installing water conserving toilets, showers and faucets
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*R-2000 is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada and is used with permission