Here’s some good news for all you eco-friendly fans out there: the EnerQuality Corporation recently hosted the official ceremonies that marked the labeling of the first home in Canada qualified under the new Energy Star® for New Homes (ESNH) Standard.
The lucky three bedroom bungalow was constructed by Sloot Construction Ltd in Guelph as a part of Phase Two of its Hale’s Manor community. The home is at least 20 per cent more energy efficient than one built to Ontario’s minimum homebuilding standard.
Several notable individuals were on hand for the ceremony, including Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, City of Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge, EnerQuality President Corey McBurney and John Sloot, President of the Guelph and District Home Builders’ Association and President of Sloot Construction.
So how exactly does a home qualify for the new Energy Star standard? At the event, an airtightness test demonstration was performed by Angela Bustamante of Building Knowledge Canada — passing the test is a key component of the new ESNH Standard.
Other important criteria include efficient heating and cooling systems, more insulation in walls and ceilings, high-performance Energy Star windows, patio doors and skylight and a heat recovery ventilation for fresher air.
“Our Government is committed to new standards that promote energy efficiency, save Canadians money, create jobs and strengthen the economy,” said Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, at the event.
“Energy Star is an internationally recognized brand and a trusted symbol for identifying energy-efficient products and this new standard will help home buyers identify the most energy-efficient new houses.”
Click here to learn more about Energy Star in Canada.
Photos provided by Kazmedia Photo.