Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) participating energy advisors
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What is an energy advisor?
An energy advisor is an individual who conducts EnerGuide home evaluations on behalf of an NRCan licensed service organization. Energy advisors provide third party expert advice to homeowners looking to consider responsible energy use, and can work with builders who wish to use the EnerGuide Rating System in planning and in the design stages of their new constructions. Energy advisors help ensure homes labelled under NRCan’s energy efficiency housing initiatives meet the requirements of the respective standards.
How do I become an energy advisor?
In order to become an energy advisor, you must work with an NRCan licensed service organization and pass qualification exams. If you are looking for information and documentation needed for delivering the new version of the EnerGuide Rating System, including updates on exam qualification requirements, visit the Public resource centre.
If you are interested in becoming an energy advisor contact a service organization for existing or new homes in your area to inquire about your options. Your service organization will provide you with all the information about the requirements that you need to meet.
If you are contacting a service organization to become an existing housing energy advisor, there is an exam to take through NRCan. However, the request to schedule an exam comes from the service organization. There is no exam for energy advisors wanting to provide services for newly constructed homes.
Once all training is completed by the potential energy advisor, the service organization submits a request to NRCan to register the advisor.
Energy advisors must demonstrate knowledge and experience in areas such as:
- Residential construction practices for low-rise housing
- Energy efficiency renovation practices
- Residential building materials
- Residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Building science (including the principles of the “house as a system”)
- Basic arithmetic and geometry, computers skills, and
- Good client relations
Why should I become an energy advisor?
Canadian homeowners are becoming more aware about energy use in their homes and ways to save on utility bills and incorporate responsible energy use into their lifestyle. Builders who want to keep a marketing edge are tailoring their designs to accommodate buyers who are in the market for energy-efficient homes.
NRCan has a number of initiatives to provide energy-efficiency options to homeowners and industry stakeholders, and these homes must be evaluated by a registered energy advisor.
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