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What does the EnerGuide label really mean?

June 4th, 2009

(NC)—Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides an energy efficiency rating tool for houses that could be used on all new houses built in Canada under its EnerGuide Rating System (ERS).The ERS label lets you know how your home stacks up in terms of its energy performance. It shows you, and future buyers, exactly how energy-efficient your home is. So how does the EnerGuide Rating System work? Your home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well-insulated, sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy. For a brand new house, a rating of 80 or higher is excellent.

energuideThe rating takes into account several factors including your building plans and building materials. An energy advisor evaluates each house and inputs all of the information he or she has gathered into a modeling software program developed by NRCan to provide the rating for your home. Once your home is completed and the advisor has performed the final evaluation, the advisor ensures that you receive an EnerGuide rating label for your home. The label tells you the rating of your home and estimates of future annual energy consumption.

The EnerGuide rating label is a one-stop shop approach to knowing exactly how energy-efficient your home is. Remember, a higher EnerGuide rating means a more energy-efficient home. Energy-efficient homes are more comfortable to live in because they usually have improved indoor air quality, ventilation and heating systems. When a home is energy-efficient, the reduced energy use translates into lower energy bills. Energy-efficient homes require less energy which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and protect our environment for future generations.

The new home market in Canada is exploding with builders who want to become licensed as builders of EnerGuide-rated homes and buyers who want their services. It seems to be a win-win situation for everyone.

If you are planning to build or buy a new home in the coming months, spend some time on the NRCan website at www.newhomes.nrcan.gc.ca.

– News Canada

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