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Built Green Canada launches Net Zero Energy+ Program for new single family homes

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Built Green Canada launches Net Zero Energy+ Program for new single family homes

ALBERTA — Built Green Canada is launching its Net Zero Energy+ program for new single family homes.

With the launch of the program, there is the option for another level of achievement within the organization’s green building program. By 2030, the Government of Canada’s goal is that all provinces and territories adopt a net-zero energy ready building code.

Built Green Net Zero Energy+ for Single Family New Homes maintains energy efficiency as its fundamental component, integrating the EnerGuide label through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), states a release, adding it then goes beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices including the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation and air quality and home durability. As such, builders and their customers get the Built Green label and the EnerGuide label, offering verification of the energy performance and the green features integrated into the home.

Built Green’s certification is on the build, and while its interest is also on the builder and those who have contributed, it does not certify the builder, nor the energy adviser, as the program is about each product, each home built, states the release. The third-party energy certification is through NRCan-licensed third-party Service Organizations.

Builders pursuing the certification are required to pass the training course, Built Green Net Zero Energy for New Construction, and may work with any energy adviser licensed through NRCan who has also passed the training.

The program introduces concepts and techniques for developing high performance and net-zero new construction projects. In addition to advanced envelope and mechanical system content, the course includes discussion on how occupant behaviour impacts the overall energy use in a house and affects the sizing of renewable energy systems, indicates the release. The training has seven modules and takes about 20 hours to complete. It is a partnership between Built Green Canada and Blue House Energy.

The training is offered for free to the first three participants to take the course. It is eligible for 20 CPD points through BC Housing.

Working in partnership with Built Green Canada, Blue House Energy took content they’d developed for training energy advisers and, with input from leading industry experts, tailored and expanded it for builders.

“This course was created in anticipation of what builders will need to know and do, before net-zero building code changes come into effect,” said Shawna Henderson, CEO of Blue House Energy, in a statement. “Our self-directed (on-demand), interactive training model has proven to be a great fit for busy industry pros, so we’re excited to offer this course on another critical topic.”


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