3Benefit from Building Codes & Standards

Building to Energy Efficient Standards: Consider going beyond the minimum to ensure an energy efficient home that will save you money for years to come. Check with the Canadian Home Builders Association of Newfoundland for builders in the province that can help you with your build and energy standard of choice.

  • R-2000: The R-2000 Standard (R-2000) is a technical performance standard for energy efficiency, air tightness quality and also encompasses environmental responsibility in home construction. Homes built to the R-2000 Standard will typically exceed the energy performance requirements set out by Canadian building codes.
  • EnerGuide 80: An EnerGuide rating shows an average of a home’s energy performance. The rating is calculated based on standard assumptions so that the performance of one house can be compared against another. The home’s energy efficiency is rated from 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated, sufficiently ventilated, and requires no purchased energy on an annual basis. For a brand new house, a rating of 80 or higher is excellent.
  • ENERGY STAR® for Homes: An ENERGY STAR qualified new home is on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a home built to code. These homes present a practical choice for homeowners looking for a new home that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Every ENERGY STAR home is constructed by trained builders who are licensed by the Government of Canada.