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Energy Star Homes


ENERGY STAR is an internationally recognized brand and a trusted symbol for identifying energy-efficient products (e.g. kitchen appliances, televisions, etc.) and new homes.

In little more than a decade, the blue ENERGY STAR symbol has become a consumer icon in Canada and has come to represent the standard of premium energy efficiency in many product categories. Since 2005, energy-efficient new homes can also be ENERGY STAR qualified.

Its guiding star is well known and trusted by Canadians as the mark of high energy efficiency performance.

What is an ENERGY STAR® home?

An ENERGY STAR® qualified new home is on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code. These homes present a practical choice for homeowners looking for a new home that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

What sets an ENERGY STAR home apart?

It’s really the energy savings of an ENERGY STAR home that separate it from other homes on the market.

Typical features of an ENERGY STAR home include:

Every ENERGY STAR home is: 

ENERGY STAR certificate and label

Every ENERGY STAR homeowner will receive NRCan’s ENERGY STAR certificate and label. The certificate is given to the homeowner by the builder and the label is placed on the electrical panel.

ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standard

The ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standard was developed by the Government of Canada and Canada’s home building professionals. Builders can meet the standard by meeting an energy performance target or build based on predetermined conditions.

What is the difference between ENERGY STAR and R-2000 homes?

Both ENERGY STAR and R-2000 new homes offer a number of energy saving features to provide maximum energy efficiency for your home. R-2000 homes also have clean air and environmental features that make them some of the most energy-efficient homes on the market.

How does the EnerGuide Rating System factor into ENERGY STAR?

The EnerGuide Rating System is Natural Resources Canada’s well-established rating tool, which is used for measuring energy efficiency in homes. An ENERGY STAR builder may utilize the EnerGuide Rating System to ensure your home meets an energy efficiency target. However, not all ENERGY STAR homes get an EnerGuide rating as builders have the option of choosing a building options package that does not require an EnerGuide rating. The building options package ensures that a certain level of energy performance is achieved.

If your home has undergone an EnerGuide evaluation, your home’s electrical panel will have an EnerGuide label in addition to the ENERGY STAR label.

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