Due to an increased interest in green building and energy efficiency, a number of “green” labels have been developed.
But how do you know if the green label can also determine the energy efficiency of your home?
Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), offers three energy efficiency labels that help you, the homeowner, go green and cut down on energy costs.
The EnerGuide rating label is NRCan's established rating system for the energy rating and labelling of products—mostly appliances—but also homes. An EnerGuide rating shows you (and future buyers) exactly how energy efficient your new home was at the time of construction.
The R-2000 label certifies a home as one of the most energy efficient on the market. Over the past 30 years, thousands of Canadians have chosen these energy efficient homes that have helped them save money, enjoy healthier indoor air and take positive steps for the environment. Experts agree that choosing an R-2000 home is a great way to minimize your ecological footprint by reducing your share of greenhouse gas emissions.
An ENERGY STAR qualified homelabel on a new house indicates lower energy demand and better overall performance of the home. The initiative promotes guidelines that builders use to construct energy efficient new homes and is available in various regions across Canada. ENERGY STAR has become a well-recognized and respected brand.
If energy efficiency is something you want to incorporate into your new home, you can go to the NRCan website at www.newhomes.nrcan.gc.ca or call 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232) for more information on the various energy efficiency programs that are available in Canada.