R-2000 homes

What is an R-2000 home?

R-2000 is simply a better home. R-2000-certified new homes are best-in-class energy-efficient homes that include high levels of insulation, clean air features and measures to help protect the environment. This translates into energy savings, increased comfort, and a healthier environment for the homeowner.

Every R-2000 home is built to the stringent R-2000 Standard developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in coordination with key industry stakeholders.

What sets the R-2000 home apart?

It’s what goes into the construction of your R-2000 home that separates it from other homes on the market. R-2000 homes are built by innovative builders who use leading-edge building techniques in their new home construction.

Typical features of an R-2000 home include:

  • High insulation levels in walls, ceilings and basements
  • High-efficiency windows and doors
  • High-efficiency heating
  • Whole-house mechanical ventilation
  • Testing to ensure minimal air leakage
  • Water-conserving fixtures

Every R-2000 home is:

  • Constructed by trained builders who are licensed by the Government of Canada
  • Evaluated, inspected and tested by an independent third-party inspector
  • Certified by the Government of Canada

R-2000 certificate and label

Every R-2000 homeowner will receive an R-2000 certificate and label issued by NRCan. The certificate is given to the homeowner and the label is placed on the electrical panel.

R-2000 Certificate

R-2000 Certificate

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R-2000 Certificate

R-2000 Certificate

This is an image of a R-2000 certificate. It includes 6 lines of information in both English and French:

  • Municipal address
  • Postal code
  • Lot number or legal description
  • Plan number or legal description
  • Certificate No.
  • Date and Signature



R-2000 Label

R-2000 Label

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R-2000 Label

R-2000 Label

This is an image of a bilingual R-2000 label. It reads: This home meets the R-2000 Standard. For further details, please refer to the R-2000 Home Certificate or contact your local R-2000 office or Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency at 1 800 387-2000 (toll-free). Please consult your R-2000 Homeowner’s Manual and ensure that you are familiar with how to operate and maintain your R-2000 home.

There is a space below to include the home’s certificate number.


R-2000 Standard

Home building technology is continuously changing and improving through research and development. As the best-in-class energy efficiency label for 30 years, R-2000 continues to set the standard for leading-edge, energy-efficient new home construction.

The R-2000 Standard was developed by the Government of Canada and Canada’s home building professionals. The R-2000 Standard is regularly updated to reflect new developments in technology and building codes for houses.

The updated R-2000 Standard came into effect in July 2012. Homes built to this new Standard will meet energy efficiency requirements that have been increased by 50 percent compared with the previous version of the standard.

Learn more about the R-2000 Standard.

What is the difference between R-2000 homes and ENERGY STAR certified new homes?

ENERGY STAR certified new homes built to the new standard are on average 20 percent more energy efficient than those built to code. R-2000-certified new homes are best-in-class energy-efficient homes with even higher levels of energy efficiency than ENERGY STAR certified new homes, as well as clean air and environmental features.

How does the EnerGuide Rating System factor into R-2000?

The EnerGuide Rating System is Natural Resources Canada’s well-established rating tool, which is used for measuring energy efficiency in homes. An R-2000 builder will utilize the EnerGuide Rating System to ensure each home meets the energy efficiency benchmark of the R-2000 Standard. Each R-2000 homeowner will receive an EnerGuide rating and label for their home.

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