EnerGuide for New Houses
What is EnerGuide for New Houses?
Developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, EnerGuide for New Houses is a rating system that will help you understand the energy efficiency of your new home. It will help to determine how much your annual heating costs will be each year and provide you with an energy rating between 1 and 100.
Anyone can claim that a house is energy efficient, but an EnerGuide for New Houses label proves it. The label gives you an estimate of the electricity, natural gas or oil that you can expect to consume each year. But remember that energy consumption estimates are just that – estimates.
The estimate for your home is based on a number of standard assumptions, such as a family of four living in the home and specific thermostat settings and usage rates for hot water, lighting and appliances.
What will EnerGuide for New Houses do for you?
Energy costs are at an all-time high and are only increasing with each passing year. The EnerGuide for New Houses program is one way that you can pre-determine what your energy usage will be right from the time of construction, a significant advantage to the homeowner.
Are there any other incentives?
If your new house receives an EnerGuide rating of 77 or higher you will be eligible for a 10 percent rebate on your CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance and be eligible for a 35 year mortgage plan at participating institutions. A rebate of $500 is also provided to the homeowner if your new house receives an EnerGuide rating of 83 or higher.
What is in the Nova Scotia rating for EnerGuide for New Houses?
The EnerGuide rating system is measured on a scale of 1 to 100. No minimum standards exist, but the average energy rating of a home in Nova Scotia is 67. Scotian Homes EnerGuide ratings are normally among the highest in the industry, well above these industry averages. Talk to us for more details on this important home rating system. Scotian Homes is proud to have an average EnerGuide rating of 80 for all homes since we started testing in 2006. Proof that we believe in providing top quality, energy efficient homes.