The building process

Plan for efficiency and savings

Excavator digging the foundation for a home

Plan for efficiency and savings

Plan for efficiency and savings

Excavator digging the foundation for a home

Plan for efficiency and savings

High-performance home construction is designed and tested to meet specific standards for air tightness and efficiency. In the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes (ESNH) Standard, there are multiple choices you can make within the process to meet energy efficiency standards. Planning is central to successful builds, and can help you generate savings with each new home you build. A certified energy advisor is an integral part of your planning.

"As the market softens, builders are going to need an edge"

- Michael Lio, Housing Consultant

In this video, learn about the support you receive as an ENERGY STAR builder, and the difference it can make to your bottom line.

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Start right with the expertise of a certified energy advisor

A certified energy advisor (CEA) can provide builders with advice at every stage of the building process. Whether it’s providing insights during the design phase, visiting on-site...Read More to examine installations or demonstrate techniques, or evaluating the final product, a CEA can provide practical information to build better.

Licensed ENERGY STAR® for New Homes builders work closely with CEAs to ensure homes are built to a standard that is on average 20 per cent more energy efficient than current OBC. Read Less

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Comfort relies on tight home construction

Homes are now constructed more tightly than ever before. By reducing the number of uncontrolled air exchanges, builders are reducing energy use and generating savings of...Read More up to 20 to 30 per cent on energy costs. But energy savings are just one benefit:

  • Tighter homes are quieter, cleaner and offer a more comfortable environment
  • Tighter construction reduces water entry through condensation, making the house more durable and protecting homeowners from potential mold growth.
  • Today’s HVAC systems address concerns of moisture or chemical pollutants, and prevent pollen entry for healthier air quality.
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Design and mechanicals complete the system

HVAC systems, including energy recovery ventilators, have a large role to play in efficiency. Right-sizing systems can save on equipment and operational...Read More costs. Compartmentalization between units provides exceptional energy management. Drain water heat recovery systems passively recapture heat and require little to no maintenance. Read Less

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Training the trades is essential for success

No matter how long some of your trades have been in the industry, ensure they are trained on the construction techniques, technologies and materials that make high-performance...Read More home construction so energy efficient.

Training the trades ensures you are building to an established standard for consistent quality. By educating trades on the building science and on air barrier details, they understand not just their own role, but how all elements are integrated, so you can ensure your team is positioned for success on every new build. Talk to your CEA for more information on getting your trades trained. Read Less

Offsetting the costs of building high-performance homes

While builders often anticipate construction costs will be higher in high-performance homes, there are many ways these costs are offset. By applying best building practices from design through construction, builders can save money on unnecessary lumber purchases and over-sized HVAC and mechanicals.

  • Design changes can create efficiencies, such as reducing thermal bridging and lumber costs through value engineering with help from your energy advisor.
  • Knowing homes are evaluated by a third party encourages trades to get it right the first time, reducing long-term risks, service calls and warranty costs.
  • You can improve process or cycle times through establishing clear construction procedures, making it easier to complete homes.
  • Demonstrable higher quality and reduced cost of ownership can drive increased sales volume and values.


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