Ontario Construction News staff writer
EnerQuality, the top certifier of energy efficient homes in Canada and provider of residential green building programs, is offering the latest knowledge in efficient and net zero building as part of its 2019 training offerings.
One of the sessions, entitled Energy Star for new homes (part II), takes place in November, and teaches participants about the changes and requirements of the new standard for the Energy Star program, including technical requirements of the 2017 standard, and strategies for thermal envelop assemblies.
Led by Andy Oding of Building Knowledge Canada, the program promises to save builders from post-construction call-backs and deficiencies in the home by learning to build Energy Star-certified projects. Building Energy Star certified homes is also a way for builders to stand out from the crowd, and the program covers how to build efficiently to improve return on investment.
In December, Net Zero builder training will teach the building science and technical preparation for building Net Zero and Net Zero Ready homes based on the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Net Zero standard. Oding will lead this program, too, which will enable builders to design and plan homes that meet the program standard, with modules that cover air-sealing techniques, air barrier systems, and foundations. It will also provide tips on marketing and selling the finished products.
These programs are especially important as the market grows for energy efficient homes, and as governments begin to recognize the importance of programs that mitigate the affects of climate change.
This week in Ottawa, the House of Commons passed a motion put forward by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna that declared a national climate emergency, and supported Canada’s commitment to meet the Paris Agreement emissions targets.
EnerQuality says 17 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, making building efficiency a crucial part of the country’s fight against climate change.
EnerQuality was founded in 1998 by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. In 2005 it created Energy Star for New Homes with Natural Resources Canada. More recently a program was created for multifamily homes, which may affect how mid and high-rise buildings are constructed in the future.