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Energy Efficiency Housing Programs at Natural Resources Canada Jennifer Talsma Office of Energy Efficiency May 4, 2006 Toronto, May 4 - 5, 2006.

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1 Energy Efficiency Housing Programs at Natural Resources Canada Jennifer Talsma Office of Energy Efficiency May 4, 2006 Toronto, May 4 - 5, 2006

2 2 What will we see  Market Transformation Strategy  Housing Initiatives  Building Canada  Conclusion

3 3  National Mandate: To address market barriers to energy efficiency technologies and practices within the new housing sector.  New Housing: Target: All new housing built to the EGNH 80 by 2010 Strategy: To increase the capacity to build, and consumer demand for energy efficient new houses across Canada, in order to set the stage for more stringent mandated energy efficiency. Market Transformation Strategy

4 4  Increasing the capacity of industry to supply energy efficient houses, buildings, equipment and services  Increasing the demand for these products by consumers and decision makers  Tailoring approach, programs and tools to market segments of the built environment  Support regional programs such as the ENERGY STAR for New Homes pilot in Ontario  Supporting core tools and programs and working in partnership with allies to adapt and deliver across Canada  Working with appropriate jurisdictions for a regulatory approach A strategy based on

5 5 Canadian Context All residential 12.7 M households (2002) Low-rise 70% stock More than half are single-detached houses Typically wood frame construction Various climate zones Air conditioning 2% Lighting 5% Equipment 15% Water heating 22% Heating 56% Residential Energy Use

6 6  R-2000 Standard Voluntary performance standard for construction and certification of energy-efficient homes  EnerGuide for New Houses Comparative energy rating system  Building Canada A tool to improve the operations of builders National New Housing Initiatives

7 7  ENERGY STAR ® for New Homes - Ontario (EGNH 78)  Built Green - Alberta & B.C. (Gold EGNH 77 +)  Power Smart New Home Program - Manitoba (EGNH 77 +)  GreenHome Program - Yukon (EGNH 80 +)  Novoclimat - Québec (EGNH 78 +) Regional New Home Programs MARKET TRANSFORMATION

8 8 The R-2000 Standard  Energy performance target = 80 EGH  Airtightness target of 1.5 ACH at 50 Pa (pass-fail)  Indoor air quality, controlled ventilation and low-emission materials  Environmental responsibility: construction waste mgt, materials selection, water savings  Quality assurance 3 rd party inspection; NRCan QA  Builder licensing training + build 1 house per 3 yrs  House certification PREMIUM RECOGNITION LABEL

9 9 * not representative of actual options or ratings. Base PlanImprovedHigh Efficiency Attic Insulation Wall Insulation Windows HVAC Foundation Slab Insulation R-40 R-20 Double Mid-efficiency R-12 None R-40 R-20 Low-E + Argon Mid-efficiency R-20 None R-50 R-25 Low-E + Argon High-efficiency R-20 Yes EGNH Rating737580+ EGNH Sample Builder Upgrade Packages* EGNH is a comparative rating tool

10 10 Average EnerGuide Ratings for Newer Homes

11 11 Building Canada  “Building Canada” is a new tool that provides advice to large-volume builders on improving their house designs, construction practices and business practices to improve the houses built, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, at no or little additional cost.  This is achieved by focusing on construction defects and identifying other cost saving measures that can be incorporated within the builder’s business.

12 12 Building Canada Challenges  Energy efficiency seen as a burden  Not just “House as a system”  Sales, Marketing, Financing, Estimating, Purchasing  Call-backs, Client relations (J.D. Powers)  Builder deals with many levels of trades – loss of control  Bottom line ($) is often driving factor

13 13 Building Canada Solutions  Energy efficiency can be added at no additional cost  Building Science solutions  Best Practices Guide Detail drawings, 3D modeling, Advanced Framing, Load transfer, Improved technology  Step by step approach  Training – EGNH, R-2000, HRAI, Sales, etc.  The goal is to help the builder achieve the highest level of the applicable regional marketing program (EGNH 78+)

14 14 The Strategy is Working  Over 2000 homes labeled EGNH last year  Builders representing 85% of new housing starts in Alberta participating in Built Green program  7% of new housing starts in Manitoba labeled PowerSmart  Approx. 1000 new homes labeled Novoclimat (4% of starts) and some 450 builders now participating Increasing EE 20-30% from benchmark

15 15 Pilot Project Update  ENERGY STAR for New Homes (Ontario) Pilot extended to March 31, 2007 Over 100 houses labeled and 500 enrolled Over 70 builders are involved Current average EGNH rating is 78 Incentives available from Enbridge Gas Distribution CMHC recognizes ENERGY STAR and top level of all other regional programs for rebate For more details come to our session at 2:45pm.

16 16 Pilot Project Update Con’t  Similar to other premium energy efficiency programs R-2000 (national), Built Green, PowerSmart, GreenHome, Novoclimat  Integrates R-2000 Builder training and EGNH rating system  Supports the Provincial Regulatory Approach NRCan’s Approach Results in Market Transformation!!!

17 17 Contact Information Jennifer Talsma, Account Manager, New Housing Programs, (613) 996-3784,

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