Build Green

 

Certified Green Building LogoBuilding green starts with expert advice and support delivered by an Energy Advisor.

Whether you’re renovating or building new, an Energy Advisor will explain the ins and outs of the Township’s rebate program, bring you up to speed on other industry incentives, assist with paperwork, provide technical assistance, answer questions about products, and assist with the financial analysis of various energy efficient upgrade options.

Your Energy Advisor will also provide you with an EnerGuide home evaluation report and EnerGuide rating , which will help you better understand the opportunities to improve your home's efficiency by examining its air leakage, insulation, space and hot water heating, and ventilation.

When you’re finished, you will be able to make more informed decisions about the best upgrade opportunities for your home, how to prioritize them and which will save you the most on energy costs. An evaluation from an Energy Advisor is the first step in smart new construction and home renovations.

We’ll help you get started.

By participating in the Township’s program, we will help cover the cost of bringing an Energy Advisor on board to evaluate your home.

Get Started

1. Submit your building permit application and enrol in the Green Building Rebate Program. At the time of your permit application, complete a referral form in-person at the Township’s Civic Facility.

2. Contact a local Service Organization  to hire an Energy Advisor for your EnerGuide home evaluation.

Program Details

Enrol in the Green Building Rebate Program to be eligible to receive:

A subsidized EnerGuide Home Evaluation

An Energy Advisor will assist you to identify options to improve the energy efficiency of your project and provide your home with an EnerGuide rating.

Financial Rebate on your Building Permit

By successfully building or renovating an energy efficient home, you may be eligible for a building permit rebate from the Township, as well as other industry incentives.

Access brochures for the different branches of the Green Building Rebate Program below. You can also read our most frequently asked questions.

 

Get Recognized

More buyers are looking for the EnerGuide rating.

In 2014, the Township commissioned Ipsos Reid to conduct a local public opinion survey regarding energy efficient homes. The survey sample includes only those who are likely to consider buying a home in the Fraser Valley in the next 5 years. Here are some key takeaways from the survey:

  • Nine-in-ten (90%) homebuyers say energy efficiency is an important housing feature when deciding whether to purchase a particular home.
  • Eight-in-ten (80%) homebuyers are interested in seeing an EnerGuide rating on a home they are considering purchasing.
  • Overall, 77% of homebuyers say they would be more likely to purchase a home knowing it has been rated as energy efficient.
  • 62% of homebuyers indicated they would pay more for an energy efficient home.

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The Township has partnered with Metro Vancouver to promote a new voluntary energy label disclosure program.

When you sign up for the Green Building Rebate Program, you’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for Metro Vancouver’s RateOurHome.ca.

  • Get free profiles of the homes you’ve constructed
  • Gain exposure and increased recognition
  • Demonstrate energy efficient home market leadership

Check out Metro Vancouver’s RateOurHome.ca  to find who’s building green. The program profiles energy efficient homes and the name of the builder on a searchable Home Energy Map .

Home Energy Map

Already have a v.15 EnerGuide rating and want to share it on the RateOurHome.ca Map? Click here 

Who’s building green in the Township?

These companies have successfully participated in the Green Building Rebate Program.

Apex Custom Homes  Apex Custom Homes

Clay Construction  Clay Construction

F.M. Construction  F.M. Construction

Quadra Homes  Quadra Homes

Thomas Murphy Thomas Murphy

Additional Resources

In addition to recognizing new homes that achieve high performance under the EnerGuide rating system, the Township’s program also recognizes new homes built to other high performance building standards.

Built Green Canada

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Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven organization committed to working with builders interested in responsible sustainability practices in the residential building sector. The program goes beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices that includes the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation and air quality, and the improvement of home durability. Learn more about the certification process .

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes

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The initiative is supported by the voluntary ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Standard which sets out requirements that enable new homes to be approximately 20% more energy-efficient than those built to code. Contact a local NRCan licensed Service Organization  to learn more about becoming an ENERGY STAR participating builder. View the entire standard .

R-2000 New Homes R-2000 Logo

 

R-2000 is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in new construction developed in collaboration with Canada's residential construction industry. R-2000 promotes the use of cost-effective energy-efficient building practices and techniques, indoor air quality and environmental features. An R-2000 certified home is on average 50% more energy-efficient than a typical new home. Contact a local NRCan licensed Service Organization  to learn more about becoming an R-2000 participating builder. View the entire standard .

Passive House Passive House Logo

 

Passive House (Passivhaus) is the only internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction. Passive House buildings consume up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings and the standard is applicable to almost any building type or design. Certification ensures that designers and consultants are expertly qualified to design buildings to meet the standard. Learn more about the certification process .

Net Zero Energy Buildings

International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute’s Net Zero Energy Building Certification (NZEB) is the only program in the world that verifies net zero energy building performance. NZEB is one of three certification paths under the Living Building Challenge. The core requirement of certification is that 100% of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis, without the use of on-site combustion. Learn more about the certification process .

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

 

CMHC Green Home offers a premium refund to borrowers who either buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing. Premium refunds of up to 25% are available for new homes and renovations for EnerGuide, © Built Green, ENERGY STAR® and R-2000 rated homes.

*EnerGuide and R-2000 are Official Marks of Natural Resources Canada and used with permission.