ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Initiative

ENERGY STAR® is the symbol that is widely recognized as a highly energy efficient home. Some points to reinforce the importance of an ENERGY STAR® certification:

  • 9/10 buyers consider the energy efficiency of a home to be important.
  • The brand recognition of ENERGY STAR®  is very strong. Visual awareness of the brand is approximately 90% across Canada.
  • ENERGY STAR®  qualified homes are proven to sell up to 89 days faster compared to similar conventional homes.
  • Certified ENERGY STAR® homes sell for $2.99 more per square foot than similar uncertified homes.
  • Over 25% of  new homes in the United States are ENERGY STAR® certified.

In many situations, homes are already meeting nearly all of the requirements for an ENERGY STAR® certification. The return on your investment by having an energy advisor complete a certification is exponential when considering home market value.

What is an ENERGY STAR® home?

ENERGY STAR® certified homes meet the standards of energy efficiency

  • The home must satisfy the EnerGuide 81 requirements
  • Higher insulation values for walls, ceilings and home foundation
  • A rating of 2.5 ACH (air changes per hour)
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) that is either ENERGY STAR® or Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) certified
  • The home must feature the following ENERGY STAR® certified appliances and fixtures:
    • Heating system
    • Hot water tank
    • Bath fans + kitchen range hood fan
    • Windows and doors (USI 1.6 Lower Mainland, USI 1.4 Whistler)
    • 400 KWh/yr of electrical savings including ENERGY STAR® qualified:
      – Lighting (LED)
      -Appliances (dish washer, refrigerator, freezer, clothes washer)
      -Ventilation (bath and kitchen exhaust fans)


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