ENERGY STAR for New Homes for Consumers & Builders

Friday, September 30th, 2016
ENERGY STAR for New Homes for Consumers & Builders

Did you know that new homes built to the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes standard is on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code?  Developed by Natural Resources Canada, the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program provides builders with the ability to construct energy-efficient homes in a timely, simple and cost-effective manner using common building practices.

Additionally, as energy costs continue to rise, homebuyers are increasingly becoming interested in energy-efficient options.  Now, in addition to being recognized for energy-efficient appliances, ENERGY STAR® can be applied to the largest asset most people will own which is your home.  

The features of an ENERGY STAR® rated home include:

  • SPACE HEATING & COOLING – More energy-efficient space conditioning systems, such as furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters.
  • WINDOWS & DOORS – Improved window and door performance with ENERGY STAR® certified products.
  • INSULATION – Increased insulation in the ceilings and walls versus what is required by the building code.
  • AIR TIGHTNESS – More airtight construction to reduce drafts since ENERGY STAR® certified houses must meet a specified maximum air leakage limit.
  • VENTILATION - A balanced heat recovery ventilation system that provides a continuous supply of fresh air.
  • APPLIANCES & LIGHTING - Increased electrical savings by incorporating ENERGY STAR® certified lighting or appliances, which help reduce electrical loads.

So what are the benefits for consumers and builders?  Well let’s take a look.

For consumers, with an ENERGY STAR® home you’ll enjoy a more comfortable, durable and healthier house, that also delivers energy savings year after year, including:

  • Enhanced performance and comfort.
  • Efficient heating and cooling systems to reduce energy costs.
  • Improved indoor air quality.
  • Peace-of-mind knowing these homes are third-party verified by trained and certified advisors, and awarded the government-backed ENERGY STAR® label.

For builders, your business will have the opportunity to realize marketing, professional development and market differentiation benefits, including:

  • Ability to leverage the ENERGY STAR® brand as a trusted identity widely recognized and sought after by consumers.
  • Improved market visibility when you become a ENERGY STAR® certified builder and listed on Natural Resources Canada’s website.
  • Access to expertise in building science, training and overall support with the opportunity to integrate new building practices through the construction of ENERGY STAR® certified homes.
  • Potential rebates and other incentives offered through New Home programs administered by FortisBC and BC Hydro.

So, whether you’re a homeowner looking to build your new home or a builder starting a new construction project, check out ENERGY STAR® and think about joining 60,000 other homes in Canada that have been built to the ENERGY STAR® New Home standard.

For more information on ENERGY STAR® New Homes visit Natural Resources Canada’s website here.

 

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