Canada’s Buildings Strategy

Reducing energy use in our homes and buildings can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase comfort and save money. Governments are committed to making homes and buildings more energy-efficient and helping create a green future for our country through the Low-Carbon Economy Fund and infrastructure initiatives.

Federal, provincial and territorial governments plan to invest in:

  • Energy-efficient homes and buildings
  • Ways to renovate existing homes and buildings for energy efficiency
  • Energy benchmarking and labelling programs
  • Higher efficiency standards for appliances and equipment

Learn more about the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change Build Smart — Canada’s Buildings Strategy.

Canada is building smart for the future, and this is how we get there:

Energy codes for new buildings

Updated building codes and high-performance equipment will make new buildings and homes more energy-efficient or even net-zero energy ready. A net-zero building can potentially produce as much energy as it consumes through renewable sources such as solar panels.

Continued research, development and demonstration projects, along with industry cooperation, will help to further reduce building costs.

Updated building codes will support the construction of new energy-efficient buildings by 2030.

Learn more about Energy-Efficient Buildings Research, Development and Demonstration Funding.

Bringing existing buildings into the future

Including energy efficiency when planning renovations will reduce GHGs and save Canadians money on their energy bills over time.

Increased energy efficiency will help us live and work in safe, healthy environments. The federal government will work with provincial and territorial governments and industry partners to develop model national codes that provinces and territories can adopt to guide energy efficiency improvements when significantly renovating buildings.


For small repairs or major renovations, consider using energy efficiency upgrades to help reduce consumption and costs while adding value to your property

Energy efficiency for existing buildings

Use energy management tools and practices to integrate energy efficiency where you work

Existing buildings: Recommissioning

Review your building’s equipment and systems regularly to ensure they function at optimal capacity

Key facts

In 2014:

  • $12 billion was saved in energy costs through residential energy efficiency improvements
  • $4.4 billion was saved in energy costs by commercial and institutional buildings
  • Energy consumption for homes and buildings accounted for 17% of current GHGs

Labelling a building’s energy use

Consumers and building managers need to know the starting point of their home or building in order to track the progress of its energy efficiency.

Information on energy performance through standardized labelling will enable more informed decisions when operating, renovating or purchasing homes and buildings.



Energy efficiency for appliances and equipment

Energy-efficient appliances can help save energy, lower utility bills, increase comfort and reduce impacts on the environment.

Setting new standards for high-efficiency heating equipment and other technologies will play an important part in improving the energy efficiency of our buildings. Consumers can already choose from over 100 energy-efficient products in Canada.

Learn more about high-efficiency ENERGY STAR products and energy efficiency standards for equipment.