Energy Modeling Ontario Building Code SB12, SB10 &  NBC 9.36

New national and provincial/state building codes now have minimum energy performance benchmarks.

  • Canadian NBC 9. 36
  • Ontario SB12
  • IECC 2009-2015
  • And others…

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Building Knowledge Canada works with builders, designers and code officials across North America developing specification solutions for nearly every jurisdiction. From assessing prescriptive compliance or performance compliance methods, the Building Knowledge Canada team has a reputation for providing:

  • Cost effective solutions
  • Easily achievable details on the design board and in the field
  • Energy performance computer modelling, insightful assistance with developing scopes of work and design details
  • Site verification and testing for performance compliance


For fast, efficient approvals


With the release of the Ontario Building Code SB12 2017 (effective Jan 1, 2017) the standard for energy efficiency in new part 9 homes and small buildings increases by 15%. The New SB12 encourages designers and builders to focus on air tightness, continuous layers of exterior insulation (above and below grade and provides) and provides clear opportunities for developing custom, cost effective performance compliance packages.

It is clearly possible to design and build an energy efficient home that is more efficient and comfortable than a “code-built” home. And cost less than following prescriptive code requirements!

At Building Knowledge, our understanding of the Code and energy efficiency in Ontario homes is unparalleled. We have accumulated decades of practical, on-the-ground work with building professionals, contractors, and government agencies. Our practical experience and technical understanding means that Building Knowledge delivers consistent, industry-leading energy efficiency simulations that lead to the design of better buildings.


All new buildings over three storeys or 600m2 must meet Ontario’s SB-10 Energy Code, and developers are looking for the most time- and cost-effective way of proving their building designs are compliant. What is required is timely energy modelling services combined with a practical understanding of building construction methods and the Ontario Building Code. As an effective advocate for developers of buildings of any type and size (from multi-unit residential to offices), Building Knowledge ensures there are no hold ups in the approval process.

LEED® for Homes: Design & Construction

As one of the few qualified LEED® for Homes ‘Green Raters’ in Canada, Building Knowledge can produce computer energy models that not only support SB-10 compliance, but also are the basis of certification through LEED® and other green building rating systems. Find out more about how Building Knowledge supports developers of homes and multi-storey residential buildings in achieving LEED® for Homes.

Efficiency Incentive Applications

As the Ontario government focuses increasing attention on reducing building energy use, new efficiency incentives have emerged. Developers of new buildings can reap significant financial rewards through programmes such as IESO’s saveONenergy for High Performance New Construction (electricity) and Enbridge’s Savings by Design (natural gas).

Building Knowledge’s decades of expertise with computer energy modeling for a wide range of buildings ensures clients can effectively prove their designs’ energy savings for maximum incentive reward.

Put our expertise to work for you today. Use the email links on our team page, or call us at 519-658-6232.