Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP)

Builders use LEEP to reduce their time and risk in finding and trying innovations that can help them build higher performance homes better, faster and more affordably.  LEEP is delivered on a regional basis with the intent to establish an ongoing critical mass of builders that are capable of pulling through the best innovations suited for the region which can in turn pull through a responsive supply chain.  The results include energy savings for home owners, competitive advantage for participating builders and manufacturers, and builder driven enhancement to local building practice.

In the markets where LEEP has been hosted, the builder groups have cumulatively constructed a large fraction of the regional homes builds.  LEEP builder representation ranges from small volume custom builders through to the largest tract home builders in Canada.

If you are a professional home builder who builds more than 5 homes a year, a building association,  or a potential funding partner (such as a utility or municipality)  that wants to bring LEEP to your community, please continue to read about LEEP.   To learn about some of the previous builder experiences and their technology selections, see the LEEP Case Studies as well as the listing of industry feedback.

LEEP Technical Resources:

The technical resources used in LEEP have been developed by, and are delivered by, Natural Resources Canada’s LEEP team comprised of engineering, architectural and housing researchers.  LEEP is delivered to regions of the country which are determined by the funding support from local utilities, municipalities or other supporting partners. 

While the selection of technologies of interest is determined by the local builder group, the LEEP process has been designed to enable the home building industry to rapidly examine new technologies and building practices (of regional interest) that will make homes more energy efficient, comfortable and affordable, through a standardized, efficient, facilitated process.  LEEP’s process steps builders through the entire technology assessment to selection phase within approx. 2-1/2 days spread out over approximately 3 months.  The spacing between sessions enables NRCan to customize the next meeting to address the builder decisions made during the previous one. 

An example of the technical resources supplied to builder participants during LEEP

Figure 1:  An example of the technical resources supplied to builder participants during LEEP.  Technology selections are determined by the builder group.  Energy analysis is customized to local weather conditions and costing information is builder-supplied

To express interest in arranging a LEEP session in your region:

Contact us at LEEP@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca to reach the LEEP team directly if you are a professional home builder who builds more than 5 homes a year, a building association, a utility, municipality, or other potential funder.