ENERGY STAR® Evaluation & Compliance
Despite the value potential home buyers place on minimized utility bills and home comfort, the performance of a home’s mechanical systems and building envelope is often unknown. It is difficult for home buyers to compare one home design with another in terms of energy efficiency design. Homebuilders can improve the knowledge base of home buyers by providing a verified ENERGY STAR® certification rating for their homes. Certified ENERGY STAR® Homes;
- are 20% more efficient than conventional homes built to minimum building code.
- maintain comfortable temperatures in every season through reduced air leakage, more insulation and advanced heating and cooling systems.
- enable healthy indoor air quality though use of advanced fresh air systems (HRV/ERV).
- help create quiet indoor living areas through advanced air tightness and insulation measures.
As the most successful home rating program in North America, homeowners and builders have good reason to prefer an ENERGY STAR® rated home – the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Genworth Financial provide a 10% refund on their mortgage loan insurance premiums when a borrower purchases a new ENERGY STAR® Home.
As a certified third-party ENERGY STAR® evaluator, Building Knowledge Canada helps homebuilders measure the performance of their homes and provides expert advice and recommendations enabling builders to meet ENERGY STAR® requirements, efficiently and cost effectively.