What is an R-2000 Home?
R-2000 homes are conceivably the most energy-efficient, environmentally responsible homes available today.
Every R-2000 home is designed, built, tested and certified to meet exacting technical standards that exceed current Canadian building codes. A unique blend of technology and craft, R-2000 homes offer significant energy savings, health and comfort advantages and are more environmentally friendly than the conventional home.
R-2000 homes can only be constructed by specially trained builders. These builders are typically the best in their field, so it usually means the house is not only energy-efficient, but better-built as well.
Features of an R-2000 Home
Here are some of the features of an R-2000 home:
- Continuous whole house ventilation
- Environmentally friendly building products
- A continuous building envelope to reduce drafts and cold spots
- Energy-efficient appliances, lighting, doors and windows
- Higher levels of insulation
- Advanced heating and cooling systems
- R-2000 recieves a certificate from Natural Resources Canada
Benefits of an R-2000 Home
There are many benefits to owning an R-2000 home:
- Healthier indoor air quality
- Healthier building products and materials
- Reduced energy bills
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduced water consumption
- Increased thermal comfort
- Backed by 20 years of research by the government and industry
- Rigorous, third-party quality assurance
- Built by licensed R-2000 professionals
R-2000 - A Home that Pays You Back
R-2000 homes are the most energy-efficient new homes on the market. On average, an R-2000 home uses 30 per cent less energy than a similar new conventional home. When compared with older homes, the difference is even more dramatic. This means that your new R-2000 home will pay you back year after year.
An R-2000 home can cut your energy bills by as much as 50 per cent over a conventionally built house. High levels of insulation and careful sealing of exterior walls keep you warm. An advanced heat recovery ventilation system (HRV) system helps keep heating costs down while ensuring superior indoor air quality and year-round comfort.
How Much Does it Cost?
An R-2000 home typically costs two to six per cent more than a comparable, conventionally built house. Of course it is not easy to assign values to intangible benefits such as comfort and health, as they will be different for each family. It can also be difficult to compare up-front costs with the energy savings that will accumulate over the life of the house.
Is it Worth It?
Based on survey results, most homeowners say “yes”. But only you, the buyer, can properly answer this question. Because your R-2000 home costs less to operate, month after month, you continue to save. Lower operating costs mean less worry about unpredictable energy cost increases in the future. The resale value of an R-2000 home is often higher and some banks offer special mortgage rates, further reducing the operating costs of owning your home.
Other benefits are not easily measured financially, but nonetheless have significant value. For example, better air quality and energy-efficiency means healthier and more comfortable living conditions for you and your family.