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Why Should I Have My Home's Energy Performance Rated?

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Total Home Solutions is an Energy Efficiency Consulting company for residential renovation and new home construction. Total Home assists homeowners and builders in making their homes more energy efficient, apply for any energy rebates that may be available and in turn help the homeowner/builder save money. Let’s get prepared for Mandatory Labeling!

For builders, homeowners, potential homeowners, realtors or contractors, energy efficiency labeling will soon be mandatory in order to sell a home in BC and across Canada.

Total Home Solutions recently amalgamated with another company, Energywise Solutions, which was established under new ownership in April 2011. Since then Total Home has been at the forefront of the energy efficiency industry, expanding from BC to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Total Home is licensed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to deliver the EnerGuide Rating System. This is how the process works:

1.    Homeowner calls Total Home to arrange an Energy Evaluation.
2.    Evaluator from Total Home goes to the home.
3.    The Evaluator performs the evaluation recommending energy efficient upgrades to better the performance of the home.
4.    The homeowner implements the action plan set out by both the evaluator and the homeowner.
5.    Once ALL upgrades are completed the homeowner calls Total Home to perform a follow up (verification) evaluation.
6.    The Evaluator documents the upgrades and compiles all the information (including photos and receipts).
7.    This information is inputted into the software.
8.    An EnerGuide Rating is generated producing a report and a Label.

The EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) offers a standard measure of a home's energy performance. The rating allows homeowners to compare the energy efficiency of comparable homes in their neighborhood and across Canada.

Why Should I Have My House Rated?

For anyone planning to renovate or sell their home, the rating shows a home's present level of energy efficiency and the level it could achieve with recommended upgrades.

least efficient (0-20) (21-49) (50-79) (81-100) most efficient

What Do the Numbers Mean?

A home's energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated and sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy.

A Guide to EnerGuide for Houses Ratings

Older house not upgraded - 0 to 50
Upgraded older house - 51 to 65
Energy-efficient upgraded older house or typical new house - 66 to 74
Energy-efficient new house - 75 to 79
Highly energy-efficient new house - 80 to 90
House requiring little or no purchased energy - 91 to 100

How much more valuable is an Energy Efficient Home?

Homes labeled as “green” (i.e. energy efficient houses) sell for a sizeable premium relative to comparable non-labeled homes. The bottom line conclusion: energy efficient labeled homes typically sold for nearly nine per cent more relative to non-labeled homes.

In 2013 the Building Code will make it mandatory for all existing homes to be labeled at the point of sale, meaning in order for a home to complete the sales process a label and a report must accompany the contract. However now is the time to take advantage of this service as there are rebate programs still available in BC and Saskatchewan, but once labeling is mandatory these rebate programs will not be around. This is a great marketing and financial tool for renovators looking to flip homes or even just renovate to increase the value of their purchase. Benefits include receiving rebates to help with the financial burden of upgrading as well as a detailed report and a label letting potential home buyers know exactly how energy efficient the home is.

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Dean Neveu
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