About CACEA – the Canadian Alliance of Certified Energy Advisors
This website has been developed voluntarily by CEAs to provide information and list active CEAs, to help Home owners, Builders, Developers, Trades, Municipalities and Real Estate professionals, better understand the industry.
What is a CEA?
CEAs are experts in home energy efficiency and Building Science. They’re certified by Natural Resources Canada to deliver the EnerGuide Rating Service for new homes, or the EcoEnergy program for existing homes (they may be licensed for both programs). They are trained to use NRCAN’s (Natural Resources Canada) energy simulation software hot 2000 and to perform blower door air leakage testing.
Certified energy advisors use their expertise in combination with energy modelling software to help home owners, and building professionals make informed decisions while choosing energy upgrades before building a new house or starting extensive renovations on an existing home.
There are two types of Certified Energy Advisors:
New Home CEA – Only active CEA’s trained and certified in accordance with NRCan’s EnerGuide for New Houses: Administrative and Technical Procedures are authorized to perform the EGNH service.
Existing Home CEA – Only active CEA’s trained and certified in accordance with NRCan’s rules and regulations that submit files through a Licensed Service Organization can perform existing home energy evaluations.
Most CEAs are independent contractors, but all operate through a Licensed Service Organization, who are responsible for quality control and oversight of the CEA. Working with a CEA is the required pathway to getting an EnerGuide rating label for your home.
Who administers the energy evaluation service?
The energy efficiency evaluation protocols and procedures were developed by NRCan with support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and other agencies. NRCan sets the standards for implementation and authorizes various service organizations across Canada to provide the energy efficiency evaluation service according to these standards. These service organizations train energy advisors, administer the service according to established procedures, provide field supervision and collate data from the house evaluations undertaken by their energy advisors. They provide this data to NRCan so that the national database on energy consumption patterns and potential energy savings in the housing sector is updated.
What is a Service Organization ?
An EnerGuide for New Houses (EGNH) service organization is any organization whose role, under a contract or contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada, is to implement and deliver the EGNH service at the local or regional level.
Service organizations manage the business relationship with their personnel providing the service to builders and the public. An EGNH evaluation is performed by an “certified energy advisor” who, in the judgement of the service organization, is trained to meet the requirements for the delivery of the service.