Building a new home is an exciting adventure. And it’s a big investment. Did you know you can build more comfort and savings into your new home, and get money back in the process?

Make your new home more energy efficient, right from the start.

It’s easy with the New Home Energy Savings Program. You can earn up to $10,000 in incentives when you incorporate energy-saving improvements into your building plans. Improvements that take your new home’s efficiency level at least 55% beyond the standard building code, while meeting several prescriptive requirements, are eligible for incentives.

Prescriptive requirements are requirements that state very clearly what efficiency prerequisites are mandatory. There are specific guidelines for how they must be completed. 

Making your home more efficient leads to long term savings and comfort. You’ll be incorporating changes upfront, which is easier and less expensive than making energy saving upgrades down the road. Your energy bill will be lower than it would be using your original plans, and you’ll be even more comfortable in your new home. What’s more, you’ll know that your home is contributing to a greener New Brunswick.

To take advantage of the incentives, register for the program before you apply for your building permit. Then, engage with an energy advisor (EA) registered with Natural Resources Canada. Your EA will evaluate your new home plans and suggest changes to make your new home more efficient. The EA will work with you to incorporate these energy-saving improvements into your plans, before you start to build. Recommended upgrades can include updates to insulation, windows, or your heating source.

How does an energy advisor evaluate my building plans?

Your EA uses energy modeling software to project your home’s overall energy use. Modeling includes the anticipated heating system(s), ventilation (an air leakage estimate included), water heating, and renewable energy sources (if present). Based on the modeling, your EA will recommend changes to your plans that will improve your efficiency to your target incentive level. There are two levels of savings: improve to at least 55% beyond the standard building code, or improve to zero energy rated. In both cases the home has to meet several minimum prescriptive requirements. The more efficient you make your home, the higher your incentive opportunity.

When you build your home to the specifications recommended by your EA, there is one final step; an on-site evaluation. After this final evaluation you’ll receive an EnerGuide label showing the modeled energy consumption of your home. Your EnerGuide rating will confirm to you (and future buyers) that your home saves energy.

The results of the On-Site Energy Evaluation will be used to determine any incentive you may be eligible to receive. To ensure you receive your incentive, save any receipts along with stickers, labels, or certificates relating to the efficiency of equipment in your home (ex. ENERGY STAR stickers on windows). Ask your energy advisor what labels to keep.

Even more benefits

Energy Efficiency upgrades can help you save on your mortgage insurance premium. Use your EnerGuide label to participate in mortgage insurance refund programs. The energy saving improvements you build into your new home can help you qualify for a refund of up to 25% off your mortgage insurance premium.

Get ready to build more savings and comfort into your new home. Register for the New Home Energy Savings Program.

FAQ

What rebates are available for each of the two levels of incentives?

If you build your new home to the specifications of level one (at least 55% more efficient than the current building code) you could be eligible for a $6,000 rebate. If you build to level two, a zero energy rated home, you could be eligible to receive a $10,000 rebate. In both cases the home has to meet several minimum prescriptive requirements.

What type of space heating source is eligible for incentives?

To be eligible for a rebate your primary heating system must be electric. For example, any kind of central heat pump, in-floor heating provided by an electric boiler, or an electric furnace. Secondary space heaters like wood/pellet/gas/oil/propane stoves or fireplaces, are not included in the incentive program. 

Thinking of going solar?

Your EA can recommend design considerations and modifications builders can make to new homes to ensure you’re solar-ready for the installation of a future solar thermal system or solar photovoltaic system.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Register for the program before you apply for your building permit.
  • Register and have your home plans modeled by an energy advisor long before you start to build your new home.
  • There are two incentive levels in the program: level one (build your home at least 55% more efficient than the current building code); level two (build a zero energy rated home). In both cases the home has to meet several minimum prescriptive requirements.
  • You have 12 months to complete the construction of your home from the date of your registration in the program.