services for homebuilders
ENERGY STAR for New Home Labeling -- $450
A house certified under the "ENERGY STAR for New Homes" program exceeds Ontario Building Code requirements. An ENERGY STAR home is approximately 20% more energy efficient than a code-built home. This program is not legally mandated, so a builder who chooses to build to the ENERGY STAR standard does so voluntarily.
We can provide home-builders with independent, third-party ENERGY STAR certification to indicate that the completed home is compliant with the program. The Energy Advisor's role is to provide quality assurance to the home purchaser and builder by evaluating each new home for ENERGY STAR compliance, which includes meeting minimum air-leakage requirements. The Energy Advisor determines this by performing a blower-door test during which the home is depressurized to -50 Pa. This test enables the advisor to detect the extent of potential leakage. If the home passes muster, the Energy Advisor issues a label (pictured at right) that verifies that the home is built to the current ENERGY STAR for New Homes standard.
SB-12 Energy Efficiency -- $450
The 2012 Ontario Building Code requires input from a Certified Energy Adviser for permit approval during the submission of initial permit documents to the local municipality. The new code offers builders two building option paths to achieve compliance: 'Prescriptive' or 'Performance'.
The Prescriptive Path minimum requirements comprise a list of choices that a builder can make when designing a home. The table assigns a set number of measures for each attribute. In this way, a home can easily achieve compliance by using standard packages.
The Performance Path method is required if the desired building materials and standard building practices fall outside Prescriptive Path options, or if an existing house is to undergo a renovation where 70% of the existing interior walls and exterior walls will be redesigned. Under these requirements, a Hot2000 Energy Efficiency Design Report must be completed by a Certified EnerGuide Energy Adviser for the construction permit to be issued.
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