What’s ENERGY STAR® for new homes?

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes is Canada’s most successful green building program. ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are approximately 20% more energy efficient than those built to minimum building code requirements.

 

What are the benefits?

Energy savings every month and peace of mind are the two most important benefits a homeowner can count on when they buy an ENERGY STAR® qualified home. Homebuyers can also take satisfaction from the knowledge that saving energy means doing their part to lessen their family’s carbon footprint! An ENERGY STAR® qualified home is a high performance home that’s better for you and the environment.

How does ENERGY STAR® for new homes work?

Smart builders register in the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program, and design and build homes accordingly. An independent Energy Evaluator trained and certified by EnerQuality assesses the home’s energy efficiency and verifies it meets the requirements of the specifications. Based on this verification, EnerQuality certifies the home and issues the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes label to be affixed to the home. This whole process is backed by the Government of Canada. And this label helps buyers make an informed decision and benefit from the advantages of owning an ENERGY STAR® home.

ENERGY STAR® for new homes: features behind the label

AIR-TIGHT CONSTRUCTION
Holes and cracks in the envelope are sealed to reduce heat loss from air leakage and minimize drafts, moisture, dust and pollen as well as outside noise.

MORE INSULATION
ENERGY STAR® homes have properly installed, floor, wall, attic and basement insulation, and more of it than what is required by Building Code.

WINDOWS AND DOORS
ENERGY STAR® qualified windows, doors and skylights reduce energy costs alone by more than 10%.

EFFICIENT SYSTEMS
Energy efficient mini-ductless heat pumps, or tankless systems, and bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans make for a more comfortable and less costly home.

The benefits of owning an ENERGY STAR® home

SAVE MONEY
ENERGY STAR® qualified homes use substantially less energy.

PEACE OF MIND
Performance-tested, 3rd-party verified and government-backed, an ENERGY STAR® qualified home is your proof of an energy efficient home.

COMFORT
Advanced construction practices, better ventilation and more insulation means ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are comfier, quieter and fresher.

SMART INVESTMENT
ENERGY STAR® is becoming a must-have for savvy homebuyers – something to consider when you sell your home.

GREEN
ENERGY STAR® qualified homes generate 2 to 3 tons less greenhouse gas emissions per year than homes built just to code.

Owners of ENERGY STAR® qualified homes save money. They enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that their home is designed, built and 3rd-party verified to be energy efficient. And they feel good because they are doing the right thing for the environment.

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