With our third party certificate and labelling programs, you will be able to set yourself apart from the competition and build high performance homes.
What certificate and labelling programs do you offer?
As a service organization licensed through Natural Resources Canada, we offer three certificate and labelling programs to new home builders:
1. EnerGuide Rating System
This system estimates the annual energy usage of a new home based on house plans prior to construction. It helps new home buyers choose upgrades to invest in when upgrades are offered by their builder. Similarly, it helps builders understand how to increase a home’s energy performance and which upgrades to offer home buyers.
The final EnerGuide rating for a new home shows a home buyer exactly how energy efficient the home is by providing the specified level of energy efficiency in the home.
A rating of 80 or higher is Natural Resources Canada’s goal for all new housing.
2. ENERGY STAR® for New Homes
An ENERGY STAR® qualified new home is on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code.
Builders can meet the standard by meeting an energy performance target or build based on predetermined conditions.
An ENERGY STAR® builder may utilize the EnerGuide Rating System to ensure a home meets an energy efficiency target.
The R-2000 Standard includes requirements related to energy efficiency, indoor air quality and the use of environmentally responsible products and materials.
The R-2000 Standard sets criteria for how an R-2000 home must perform however does not specify exactly how a home must be built. This leaves the designer and builder free to choose the most effective and economical way to build a home.
R-2000-certified new homes are best-in-class energy-efficient homes with even higher levels of energy efficiency than ENERGY STAR®-qualified new homes, as well as clean air and environmental features.
I’m interested in becoming certified! Now what?
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Contact EnviroCentre so that we can register you with Natural Resources Canada to enroll your new home builds in the desired program
- A contract and licencing agreement will be signed by EnviroCentre, Natural Resources Canada and you.
- Enroll in builder training with EnviroCentre and attend training annually
- Consult with a Certified Energy Evaluator to ensure compliance with program requirements before enrollment and building official approval
- Submit the home’s information for program enrollment to EnviroCentre
- Build the home
- Complete third party verification by a Certified Energy Evaluator of all homes to be labeled EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR® or R-2000.
Why should I get certified? What are the benefits?
- Receive a listing on the Natural Resources Canada website as a participant
- Access to free program brochures available through an online portal.
- Use the official EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR® or R-2000 logos to set yourself apart from your competition. (As a certified builder you will have access to a quick reference guide for proper logo use on the Natural Resources Canada website)
- Consult with your Certified Energy Evaluator to determine whether you qualify for:
- Improved home comfort means happy homeowners which will translate to fewer call backs
- Build a solid reputation promoted by content home owners.