What is EnerGuide?
The EnerGuide for New Homes program is a national program run by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). This rating program is a standard way to measure a home’s energy performance.
The ERS (EnerGuide Rating System) service provides independent, third-party energy efficiency advice. Reducing the amount of energy that Canadians use in their homes is part of Canada’s climate-change solution. The goal is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to help improve our environment and repair previous damages inflicted by our negligent use of resources and energy.
(EnerGuide is an official wordmark of NRCan and is used with permission)
To discuss an EnerGuide evaluation for your home, contact our team of energy advisors.
How Does it Work?
Our team begins with a copy of your house plans in conjunction with hot2000 energy modelling software Our advisors have the capabilities to simulate multiple scenarios for energy efficient building methods and systems, including insulation levels and types, windows and doors, heating systems, ventilation, and domestic hot water. Through this simulation, our experts have a clear idea of the best home improvements to make in order to maximize your EnerGuide rating, minimize energy consumption and stay within your improvement budget!
After construction is underway, we highly recommend engaging Capital Home Energy to conduct a blower door airtightness test. The test will help to identify where all of the air leakage spots are in your home before these areas are no longer accessible when the home is completed. Airtightness tests also determines the ACH (air changes per hour), indicating how much air is entering and exiting the home. When the test is complete, you will get a detailed report that highlights all areas of concern that can be improved in order to reduce your air leakage rate.
When the home is complete, we conduct a final blower door airtightness test before occupancy. This final test is a site inspection to provide the final EnerGuide report of the finished home, which indicates whether the home qualifies for EnerGuide certification. In some cases, an EnerGuide certification is also required as a part of the CHBA Net-Zero program.
We are experts on the BC Building Code, Vancouver Building By-law and BC Energy Step Code. Our wide knowledge base allows us to provide you with a wide array of options for your home energy solutions, whether your goal is to meet basic code requirements or a CHBA Net-Zero certification.
Why enroll your new house with EnerGuide?
- Investments made in home improvements for energy efficiency result in an indefinite reduction in future energy bills
- An EnerGuide rating will give you a better understanding of your home’s energy performance
- The EnerGuide rating system is an official record can increase the home’s market resale value
- Become a part of the change and participate in creating a healthier planet
Understanding EnerGuide Ratings.
In April 2016, a new EnerGuide Rating System (ERS V15) was introduced to British Columbia.
The EnerGuide Rating is based on total energy consumption, stated in gigajoules (GJ) per year. The aim is to find out how much energy is consumed in the home, determined by using standard operating conditions and total energy consumption. It’s calculated by subtracting the annual renewable energy contributions from the annual energy consumption. Therefore, the lower the EnerGuide Rating, the better the home’s score. Homes that have a rating of zero would be considered Net Zero.
At the end of the project, you are left with an energy efficient, healthy home. The increased resale value of homes with a good EnerGuide Rating is an additional benefit. There are rebates available from FortisBC New Home Rebate Program as well.