For the past four years, SAIT’s Green Building Technology (GBT) research team has been working with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) to launch its Net Zero Home Labelling program. This work has been accomplished through a member-driven Net Zero Energy Housing Committee composed of members from home builders, renovators, government, industry and academic institutions, of which SAIT is one of three.
Beginning in May 2017, homes that have been designed, modelled and constructed to produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis will be labelled as ‘Net Zero’. Homes that have been designed for future renewable technology and built 80 per cent more energy efficient, when compared to buildings simply meeting the building code, will be labelled ‘Net Zero Ready’.
This program will provide industry and consumers with clearly-defined and rigorous technical requirements to determine if a home is Net Zero or Net Zero Ready. The program will also identify the builders and renovators who can provide these homes. Each Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Home will be verified by a government-licensed third-party organization.
A pilot version of the Net Zero Home Labelling Program ran from September, 2015 to December, 2016 in order to validate technical and administrative details.
“After years of hard work piloting research and demonstration projects, I’m proud to have assisted in the creation of a new, national net zero qualification and labeling initiative for innovative builders and homes in Canada,” remarked Silburn.
Net Zero training has been developed for CHBA members wanting to take part in this exciting program. Training will help to get the necessary knowledge into the hands of key stakeholders and accelerate the industry’s capacity to achieve Net Zero.
Net Zero Homes
Net Zero Homes produce as much clean energy as they consume. Up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than typical new homes, they use renewable energy systems to produce any remaining energy they need. Every part of the house works in concert to provide consistent temperatures throughout, prevent drafts, and filter indoor air to reduce dust and allergens.
To read more about some of GBT’s Net Zero Home projects, read Net Zero Energy Retirement, Green building researchers grow green homes and SAIT partner builds first certified Net-Zero Energy Home in Alberta.