This bulletin is intended for all ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Program participants.
Natural Resources Canada’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes (ESNH) program is a key program that supports the Government of Canada’s objectives in reducing energy costs for homeowners and greenhouse gas emissions from new home construction in Canada. This past year has presented many challenges and affected all aspects of the building industry across Canada. We recognize the resilience of the participants of ESNH throughout this pandemic and continued dedication to improving the energy efficiency of new homes. NRCan continues to look to ESNH participants for advice on how to improve the program.
Please find below details regarding our intention to consult on the future of the ESNH program and provide clarification on two key items raised by ESNH members (windows and airtightness) for the current ESNH Standard.
The ESNH program has been successful where it has been delivered in Canada proving that the program can help Canadians save money on energy costs and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. NRCan is looking to improve the program to increase uptake across Canada. This will include considering the integration of the ESNH program requirements with the upcoming publication of new national model building codes and creating new tools and resources for homeowners and builders.
In fall 2021, NRCan will hold consultation sessions for all interested stakeholders to obtain feedback on program improvements that could help to achieve our goals. In this way we are seeking to ensure that the ESNH program is of highest value to partners, builders and homeowners across Canada.
Recognizing that there remain outstanding concerns regarding the requirements for windows and airtightness in the
ESNH—Standard—Version 17.1—Revision 2, we have provided guidance below as interim approaches in the context of the larger review of the ESNH program.
These decisions are retroactive to January 1, 2021 and remain in effect until further notice. Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Information pertaining to the consultations will be available in the coming months. If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are on our distribution list.
As always, please ensure this information is distributed to your energy advisors and energy advisor candidates.
If you have questions, please contact your account manager.