On September 29, 2015 the CHBA launched a Pilot of the Association’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) Labelling Program - continuing CHBA’s long history in leading energy efficiency in residential construction. The Program will provide the industry with a clearly defined yet rigorous 2-tiered (NZE and NZE Ready) technical standard that will distinguish and recognize builders and renovators and their NZE homes. To encourage high levels of industry adoption (even with production builders) the program is striving to keep the administrative process simplified. The Pilot will be used to validate both administrative as well as technical details prior to launching “version 1” of the Program in 2016.
Builder and renovator members who wanted to be part of this exciting development have taken training as part of the qualification process.
A Full Spectrum of Market Offerings
The CHBA supports a full spectrum of voluntary energy performance levels to provide Canadians with higher performing homes. These programs present a complete market offering that is applicable to custom and production homes, renovations and low-rise MURBs.
The CHBA NZE Labelling Program has been designed so that a home could still qualify for NZEr, R-2000, or ENERGY STAR® if NZE isn’t achievable for one reason or another.
This diagram shows the increasing energy performance levels:
Compliance with the most current Building Code is required by law for all new homes. The Canadian Building Code continues to increase the minimum energy performance requirements and is updated approximately every 5 years.
Energy Star homes are 20% more energy efficient than homes built to code, R-2000 homes are 50% more energy efficient than homes built to code, and NZE ready homes are approximately 80% more energy efficient than homes built to code. Due to the energy production that is part of a NZE home, its energy performance is 100% better than homes built to code.
The CHBA supports innovation in our industry with the goal of creating a market advantage for builder and renovator members pursuing Net Zero Energy performance. This Program will help to meet the housing aspirations of Canadians, and renew Canadian leadership in high performance housing.
This is a list of the builders in your area who are trained to build a Net Zero Home.
Hill Bros. Realty & Investments Ltd.
Chris Franklin Signature Homes
|Sharpe Builders Ltd.
98 Alderwood Drive
Fredericton, NB E3A 8R3
Phone 452-9188 Fax 452-2133
MCL Construction Ltd.
P.O. Box 261, Station A
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y9
Phone 455-2100 Fax 455-2101
B&W Contracting Ltd.