Your home is likely to be the largest purchase you’ll ever make. So if you’re in the market for a new home, it makes sense to buy an energy-efficient one.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION incentive program for builders
The NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION program provides incentives for homebuilders and renovators to build and renovate single-family homes that are energy efficient, smart and integrated.
When you’re looking at new homes, ask whether the builder is participating in the NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION program or other available energy programs.
What does the NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION program cover?
The program addresses energy-efficient heating and cooling, control systems, appliances, the home’s outer envelope including doors, windows, insulation and weatherstripping, lighting, and much more.
It all shows up in the EnerGuide rating
The EnerGuide Rating Service for new homes puts the energy efficiency of a new home on a scale from 1 to 100, and compares its energy performance with other rated houses of a similar size.
A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A score of 80 or higher is a good energy-efficiency target and 91 or more is a superior home in terms of energy efficiency. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated, sufficiently ventilated, and requires no purchased energy on an annual basis.
Energy efficiency and the building code
A house built to code meets the minimum building requirements for a new house in Ontario. For example, a new home built to national building code standards would have a rating of 65-72, where an energy-efficient home would have a rating of 80 or higher. New homes in Ontario are typically built to a standard between 74-76.
Make sure you get the details on your new home’s energy efficiency rating before signing on the dotted line.