Buying a New Energy-Efficient Home?

Just because a new home claims to be energy-efficient, doesn't mean it actually is. Before you buy an energy-efficient home you need to ask the your builder these questions to be sure:


  1. "Any builder can claim to build energy-efficient homes. How do I know your homes are truly energy efficient?
  2. Since all builders must meet the requirements of the building code, what makes your homes different from other builders' homes?
  3. How do your building techniques reflect the latest developments in housing technology?
  4. What steps do you take to improve the energy efficiency of the homes you build?
  5. Can you predict what my energy costs will be?
  6. What makes your homes more environmentally friendly than others?
  7. Are you licensed by the government to build energy-efficient homes?
  8. Do you affix a government-backed energy label to the home?
  9. Do independent, licensed professionals inspect the quality of your homes?
  10. Do you build homes that receive an EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher or its equivalent?

The answers to these questions are contained in a brochure produced by Natural Resources Canada, the federal government department that administers the rating system for energy-efficient homes in Canada through its EnerGuide Rating System. To order a copy of the brochure or for more information call 1.800.387.2000 (toll-free) or visit the website at NC"*



*Sources: article in New Home and Home and Condo Guide April 2 - 16, 2011 Volume 14 Issue 07

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