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Energy-Efficient New Homes

An EnerGuide rating shows a standard measure of your home’s energy performance. It shows you (and future buyers) exactly how energy efficient your home is.

The rating is calculated based on standard operation assumptions so that you can compare the energy performance of one house against another.

The home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption.

A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated, sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy on an annual basis.

For a brand new house, a rating of 80 or higher is excellent.

EnerGuide Rating System (Existing Homes)

The EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) offers you  a standard measure of your home’s energy performance. The rating allows you to compare the energy efficiency of comparable homes in your neighbourhood and across Canada.

Why Should I Have My House Rated?

If you are planning to renovate or sell your home, the rating shows your home’s present level of energy efficiency and the level it could achieve with recommended upgrades.

How Is the Rating Determined?

During the walk-through of your home, the energy advisor collects data on home energy systems, house construction materials and the “building envelope” (the walls and roof of the home) to model the home’s energy consumption. After performing a blower door test, the advisor uses an energy analysis software called HOT2000 to compare your home with a reference house of a similar size in a similar climatic region. You will later receive a report with recommended renovations and an EnerGuide label.

What Do the Numbers Mean?

A home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated and sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy.

April 6th, 2011.