Energy Star for New Homes
Since 2005, energy-efficient new homes can also be ENERGY STAR qualified. An ENERGY STAR® qualified new home is on average 20% more energy efficient than a home built to the National or Provincial Building Code. These homes are constructed by trained builders who are licensed by the Government of Canada. Upon completion, these homes are issued Energy Star labels with either an energuide rating or a list of features.
Typical features of an ENERGY STAR home include:
- Efficient heating and cooling systems that use less energy, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of your home.
- High-performance ENERGY STAR windows, patio doors, and skylights keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
- Walls and ceilings insulated beyond what is required by the building code.
- A variety of ENERGY STAR products which use less electricity by meeting strict technical specifications.
- A heat or energy recovery ventilation system (HRV or ERV) ensures your home has controlled ventilation.