New Home Construction Incentives
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An energy efficient home required less energy to heat (or cool) and reduces your monthly utility bills. Having a comprehensive plans evaluation done before you build gives you the information necessary to create a roadmap to an energy efficient home. This allows you to use the most cost effective options to reduce your energy consumption and minimize construction costs.
An energy efficient home has fewer drafts and temperature fluctuations, and has improved indoor air quality. This makes your house more comfortable and enjoyable to live in. Reducing the amount of energy used to heat and operate your home means reductions in greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions.
How does the program work?
We want to help make your new home more energy efficient and comfortable. Here's how:
- A certified Energy Advisor will review your building plans before you build.
- You will receive customized recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your design and work with your builder to implement them.
- Depending on the efficiency of your new home, you could receive up to $5,000 in rebates.
- Your home will be assigned an EnerGuide rating that tells you (and future buyers) that your home is comfortable, efficient and saves money.
How much does the program cost?
efficiencyPEI automatically subsidizes more than 80% of the cost of the plans evaluation and follow-up assessment, so it only costs you $99 + HST.
How much of a rebate will I get?
After having your plans reviewed and building your home, a follow-up assessment will be conducted to determine its efficiency. You will be be eligible for two tiers of rebates depending on the efficiency standard you achieve. You may pursue certification through ENERGY STAR® or R2000, or alternatively, have your home rated through the EnerGuide Rating System.
- ENERGY STAR® for New Homes or EnerGuide rating of 20% better than code*
- R2000 or EnerGuide rating of 50% better than code*
- A rebate of $5000
*References to the building code are based on the Government of Canada's 2015 National Building Code.
How do I access the New Home Construction program?
To be eligible for the New Home Construction Program your application must be submitted before or within 30 days of receiving your building permit. You can start the process by simply contacting one of our efficiency partners:
- Our Efficiency Partner will complete your initial assessment and evaluate your building plans. A Certified Energy Advisor will be assigned to you or your builder and will make recommendations to incorporate energy efficiency technologies into your build.
- Complete the construction and have your Certified Energy Advisor conduct a follow up Energy Assessment within 12 months of your application approval date.
- Either the homeowner or builder may register the home. The rebate will go to the homeowner, unless the homeowner requests that the builder be paid directly.
What is the ENERGY STAR for New Homes standard?
Each ENERGY STAR certified home will have some common features, as well as features that may differ.
ENERGY STAR certified homes have common features, such as energy-efficient windows, an HRV to recapture lost heat and provide outdoor air, and 400 kwh/year of electrical savings which are typically obtained through ENERGY STAR certified lighting or appliances. In addition, ENERGY STAR certified homes must meet certain thresholds for airtightness.
ENERGY STAR certified homes also have a number of elements that will differ from home to home, such as level of insulation, efficiency of the water heater, and extent of air tightness. The upgrades chosen for each home will depend on the builder’s design and construction choices. This means that to some extent, each home is unique in how it was constructed, and in the energy efficiency elements used by the builder to meet the ENERGY STAR Standard
What is the R2000 standard?
R-2000 is simply a better home. R-2000-certified new homes are best-in-class energy-efficient homes that include high levels of insulation, clean air features and measures to help protect the environment. This translates into energy savings, increased comfort, and a healthier environment for the homeowner.
Every R-2000 home is built to the stringent R-2000 Standard developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in coordination with key industry stakeholders.
If you need information on this program or any other energy efficiency help, get in touch. Visit us at efficiencyPEI at 69 Belvedere Avenue in Charlottetown or at Access PEI in Summerside. Program information is also available at any Access PEI location.