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An energy efficient home or building controls the flow of heat, air and moisture in and out of the building. Read more below about the best practices in energy efficiency.
A house is more than just four walls and a roof. It's a complex system of different components that interact and determine the performance of the home and the health, safety and comfort of the people living in it. Along with improvements in the technology, the building industry has gained a better understanding of air, heat and moisture movement in a home, and the need to manage the indoor environment in a deliberate and systematic way.
The green arrows in the image above shows the stale, or moisture laden air being expelled correctly through range hoods, fans, dryer vents, fire place inserts, and a high efficient heating sytem that is vented directly outside.
Certified Energy Advisors use a modeling software for your blueprints to confirm that your homes are built with the most advanced construction practices for energy efficiency. Receive upgrade suggestions related to passive solar gain (window placement and size), high efficiency heating, increased insulation, air tightness and more.
An ENERGY STAR home has an EnerGuide rating of 80 or better and ENERGY STAR products throughout the home. They are built by a licensed ENERGY STAR builder and verified by an independent energy advisor licensed by Natural Resources Canaada (NRCan). ENERGY STAR for New Homes uses the same logo as the familiar labeling program for appliances.
R-2000 is made-in-Canada home building technology with a worldwide reputation for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. The R-2000 Standard is a series of technical requirements for new home performance that go way beyond building codes.
These builders have completed the CHBA-BC certification process and are trained to build homes that meet a collection of the items on the Built Green Checklist. Categories include: Energy, Operational Systems, Building Materials, Exterior & Interior Finishes, Indoor Air Quality, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Business Practices and Innovative Design.
Information on how to get LEED certification for Canadian builders or buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a Green Building Rating System. Builders receive points from building choices from five principal LEED® categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
A Net-Zero Energy Home supplies to the grid an annual output of electricity that is equal to the amount of power purchased from the grid. In many cases the entire energy consumption (heating, cooling and electrical) of a Net-Zero Energy Home can be provided by renewable energy sources.