Want to know where Canada stands on the energy efficiency front compared to 23 of the world’s largest energy consuming countries? On July 20, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) tell the world when it releases its third International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Canada’s pilot net zero energy home building program will soon come to an end with all housing units expected to be complete by the end of this month. And while this marks a great success for the Natural Resources Canada-funded and Owens Corning Canada-led initiative, there are still some big challenges ahead for home builders in getting more of these super-energy efficient homes built.
The Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) is giving more home builders the opportunity to build to the Net Zero Energy (NZE) standard. The association passed a motion at its recent NZE Housing Council meeting in Ottawa to create paths for Energuide, EnergyStar and Novo Climat certified builders to achieve the NZE certification.
Contrary to popular belief, net zero energy (NZE) ready homes don’t require fancy new technology and solutions. In fact, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) project being led by Owens Corning Canada is showing that a builder can use readily available products and materials to construct a home that is 50% to 60% more energy efficient in about the same time as a conventional home. The trick, according Andy Goyda, Canadian builder lead and market development manager at the company, is to use these off-the-shelf materials a little differently.