Developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, EnerGuide for New Houses (EGNH) is a sustainable housing program designed to improve the energy efficiency of your new house.
Essentially, EGNH can be broken down into two components.
- A rating system (on a scale of 1 to 100) designed to measure the energy efficiency of your new home.
- A step-by-step guide that offers you the opportunity to incorporate energy efficient upgrades in to your new home.
With EGNH, we pair you up with trained energy advisors who conduct two accurate energy evaluations - one prior to building and one more when the house has been built. Using the latest software, energy advisors are able to give you your estimated annual heating bill and government approved EGNH rating. Furthermore, energy advisors also work with you and your builder to offer advice on which energy efficient options are right for you, maximizing the quality and comfort of your home.
By building EGNH not only are you building a greener home but you’re also saving money, increasing quality and acquiring a government approved label, securing peace of mind.
Energy costs are at an all-time high and are only increasing with each passing year. The EnerGuide for New Houses program is one way that you can pre-determine what your energy usage will be right from the time of construction, a significant advantage to the homeowner.
If your new house receives an EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher the person who paid for the registration will be eligible for a $250 rebate. Cheques will be sent directly to the new home owner or builder by Conserve Nova Scotia. Starting April 1st, 2009, If your new house receives an EnerGuide rating of 83, you are eligible for a further incentive of $500. If your home has a rating of 77 or greater you will also be eligible for a 10 per cent rebate on your CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance and be eligible for a 35-year mortgage plan at participating financial institutions.
Download an EnerGuide for New Houses Enrollment Form (PDF)
EnerGuide Procedures (PDF)
Request an EnerGuide for New Houses Package