|Type of House||Rating|
|Old house not upgraded||0 to 50|
|Upgraded old house||51 to 65|
or typical new house
|66 to 74|
|Energy-efficient new house||75 to 79|
|Highly energy-efficient new house||80 to 90|
|House that uses little or no purchased energy (an Advanced House)||91 to 100|
Homes in new subdivisions
Recently, some leading new home builders, such as builders who construct entire subdivisions, have been offering up to three levels of energy upgrade packages for some or all of their models. These packages are offered for a fee, just like any other upgrade. Upgraded houses come with an EnerGuide for Houses report and label.
In Alberta, Jayman Master Builder is among the first in western Canada to offer EnerGuide rated homes to its customers. In February, Jayman completed the first three homes to be labeled under the new program. Following the BuiltGreen Alberta approach, Jayman offers three energy efficiency option levels - bronze (achieving a minimum rating of 72), silver (a minimum rating of 75) and gold (a minimum rating of 77).
David Bengert, director of purchasing with Jayman, says the EnerGuide program represents a valuable verification aspect to BuiltGreen. "If you survey the public you'll see that there is a high level of trust in the government name associated with certain things. The testing and verification of energy efficiency is one of them."
Bengert says, "EnerGuide is flexible enough to allow you to achieve your rating through a wide variety of choices. We have 26 different combinations of ways to achieve silver or gold levels, each different, each differently priced. It all depends on what the customer wants."
Jayman recently committed to building all its houses (1,400 this year) to the BuiltGreen Bronze level. "Energy efficiency is only one of seven specification categories in a BuiltGreen house," says Bengert. "Clients can select from over 160 items covering indoor air quality, water conservation, waste management and recycled materials as optional upgrade components of the package."
Contact EnerGuide for Houses
To find out more information on EnerGuide for Houses for new houses, visit http://energuideforhouses.gc.ca and choose Building your new home.
The New Brunswick Home Builders
Association is the delivery agent for the
EnerGuide for New Houses program
in New Brunswick: www.nbhome.nb.ca
* EnerGuide for Houses is an official trademark of Natural Resources Canada.
Used with permission.