Energy Advisors

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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 include responsible energy use as part of their renovations and home improvements. Energy advisors 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 also provide a component of quality assurance once work is completed on homes qualified to be labelled under NRCan’s three housing initiatives: EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes and R-2000.

How do I become an energy advisor?

In order to become an energy advisor with NRCan’s programs, you must work with a service organization licensed by NRCan to deliver the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes and R-2000 initiatives. You will have to complete mandatory training requirements and pass an exam (presently existing home certification only).

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.

If you have questions about NRCan’s housing initiatives, contact a residential program officer for more information.

What is involved in becoming an energy advisor?

In order to participate in NRCan’s housing initiatives, 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. All homes labelled through NRCan’s housing initiatives must be verified by a registered energy advisor. This creates many business opportunities for energy advisors who wish to participate in NRCan’s energy efficiency housing initiatives.