EnerGuide is the official Government of Canada mark associated with the labelling and rating of the energy consumption or energy efficiency of specific products. EnerGuide labelling exists for appliances, heating and cooling equipment, houses and vehicles.
EnerGuide for Houses
EnerGuide includes a house energy evaluation, including tests to find air leakage and the energy efficiency of its heating. It was designed to help Canadians reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to save energy. To accomplish the same goals for new home construction the EnerGuide for New Houses program was initiated in 2006.
The new Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses program is active from April 1, 2011 to October 31, 2013.
EnerGuide for New Houses
The EnerGuide for New Houses program, a sister program of EnerGuide for Houses, helps Canadians plan and build new homes that are cost-effective and energy efficient, that lower greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
In addition to evaluating the design trade-offs that affect the annual energy usage of the home it is also a ranking system. The EnerGuide for Houses scale goes from 0-100 with 0 being the least efficient and 100 being the most energy efficient. In 2005 the average home in Canada had a rating of 66 on the EnerGuide scale. By comparison a home built to the R-2000 standard has a rating of 80.
The steps involved for the EnerGuide for New Houses process are:
1. The EnerGuide for New Houses service starts with an analysis of the new house plans selected by the pending home owner by an EnerGuide for New Houses energy advisor.
2. The advisor recommends energy-saving upgrades and works with the builder to develop a report that lists various cost-effective options.
3. The builder then estimates the upgrade work and provides the client with a price.
4. When construction is done, the EnerGuide advisor verifies the applied energy upgrades and performs a blower door test.
5. After the data has been collected, the home receives its EnerGuide for New Houses rating.
6. The home owner is provided an official label to display the rating on the home’s furnace or electrical box.
Building energy rating systems:
- Dividing heating bill by ten to build for tomorrow (translated from French)