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As of December 1, 2012, the ENERGY STAR for New Homes (ESNH) Standard is now available to new home buyers across Canada. ESNH was previously only available in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
This edition of the ESNH Standard was developed using a process recommended by the Standards Council of Canada, which included the formation of a committee with a balanced representation of expertise, a decision-making process based on the principles of consensus, and public review of the final draft standard. Its stringency has been increased to keep its homes’ energy efficiency 20 percent better than emerging codes.
Key features in the new ESNH Standard include:
Making the home more energy-efficient. An ENERGY STAR-qualified home is approximately 20 percent more energy-efficient than a typical house built to code, helping homeowners reduce their energy consumption and energy costs.
Improving insulation requirements. All ENERGY STAR-qualified homes have minimum required levels of insulation.
Helping Homeowners reduce their electricity use. All ENERGY STAR-qualified homes have a minimum of 400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electrical savings a year compared to homes not equipped with ENERGY STAR-qualified products.
Providing options when selecting ENERGY STAR-qualified products. Builders and homeowners can choose ENERGY STAR-qualified products for the home from a list of ENERGY STAR-qualified products.
The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered trademarks of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Office of Canada's Minister of
Natural Resources Canada
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