What Is The ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Initiative?
The ENERGY STAR® for New Homes initiative promotes energy efficiency guidelines that enable new homes to be approximately 25 percent more energy efficient than those built to minimum provincial building codes. The increased efficiency of these homes translates into reduced energy costs for homeowners.
What Is an ENERGY STAR® Qualified Home?
An ENERGY STAR® qualified home is a home that has been built by a licensed ENERGY STAR® for New Homes builder who incorporates energy efficient features into the home so that it can meet the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes technical specifications. Potential homebuyers will be amazed to learn how much less they will have to spend for heating, cooling and hydro in energy-efficient homes.
Typical energy efficiency measures for these new homes include:
- Insulation upgrades
- Higher-performance windows
- Better draft proofing
- More efficient heating, hot water and air conditioning systems
- ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances (if supplied by the builder)
Benefits of Owning an ENERGY STAR® Qualified Home
You will be pleased to see the monthly energy savings in an ENERGY STAR® qualified new home. If you pay a mortgage, these savings often save the homeowner more money each month on utility bills then the added monthly mortgage costs.
Improved air quality = health and comfort.
Air movement in your house in winter, causes drafts that make you feel uncomfortable. With an ENERGY STAR® qualified home you get fewer drafts than conventional homes.
Less energy expended = fewer pollutants.
Homes account for 17 percent of all energy use in Canada. As ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are more energy-efficient than standard code built houses, they can help reduce air pollution and lessen other environmental problems, such as climate change.
Source – Natural Resources Canada