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What is the EnerGuide Rating System?

The EnerGuide Rating System was developed by Natural Resources Canada as a tool to rate a home’s energy performance. EnerGuide uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents extremely poor energy efficiency and 100 indicates net-zero energy. This rating system enables home builders to assess their plans for making their home more energy efficient and comfortable.

What are its benefits?

88% of new home buyers value energy efficiency and 70% choose energy efficiency upgrade options. The EnerGuide rating system allows homeowners to make informed decisions when buying their home.

Who is it for?

If you are home builder looking to evaluate your home plans for energy efficiency and provide your customers energy efficient upgrade options, the EnerGuide Rating System has been designed for you.

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What is an EnerGuide Rating?

An EnerGuide rating shows a standard measure of a home’s energy performance. The rating is calculated based on standard operation assumptions so that one can compare the energy performance of one house against another. A home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. 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 on an annual basis.

How does EnerGuide differ from programs like ENERGY STAR®® for New Homes and R-2000?

The EnerGuide Rating System provides an energy efficiency rating, not a certification of performance. As such, it is an initiative for builders who want to build an energy efficient home but who choose, for whatever reason, not to build to a standard like ENERGY STAR® or R-2000. EnerGuide builders can also work with energy evaluators to assess efficiency upgrades that they may wish to include before the house is built.

In contrast, ENERGY STAR® and R-2000 require specific levels of energy efficiency to achieve certification. These programs include training for each participating homebuilder, as well as a quality assurance evaluation, testing and certification of each house.

Can a home be labelled in more than one program?

Yes. A home can be certified in multiple programs, if the builder has followed the requirements of each. For example, R-2000 certified homes can also obtain an EnerGuide rating.

What types of homes can qualify for an EnerGuide rating?

New or existing low-rise homes.