Ever felt confused while prioritizing home upgrades, or wasted $1000's on improvements which didn't perform as promised, you are not alone. Help is here….
Many Energy Efficiency Upgrades Are Not Cost Effective and Can Actually Be Detrimental to Your Home!
If you've ever thought your home would be more comfortable with new windows or more insulation, you're definitely not alone, though neither of those is a one and-done solution. Actually, some of these approaches can actually create more issues and need to be looked at as… how does changing one thing affect the operation of my home as a whole?
An EnerGuide Home Evaluation Approaches Your Home as a Total System and Educates You on How to
Make Your Home Energy Efficient, Comfortable and Healthy, Cost-Effectively.
A house is a system comprised of many different parts. Walls, windows, ceilings, a foundation, a heating system, occupants and their activities; All of which interact with each other, with heat, moisture, and air, both inside and outside of the home. Changes to any part of the system may affect the way heat, moisture, and air interact within with each other, which may have detrimental effects to the home. To carry out effective energy efficiency measures, we have to look at the house as a system. Understanding building science principles is key to this approach. At WestPro Inspections, an EnerGuide home evaluation is more than just an energy audit. We understand and approach your home as a system before recommending any upgrades.
Renovate with Confidence:
- Become better informed and educated so as to make better decisions
- Receive third-party expert advice based on facts, not opinions or marketing upsells
- Renovations or upgrades may be eligible for the mortgage premium refund
- Make your home more comfortable
Reduce Energy Costs:
- Learn where to spend your money wisely by prioritizing what is really needed and truly cost effective
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:
Energy reduction going green saving the planet with global warming by reducing your carbon foot print
- Reduce energy consumption
- Understand and participate in green initiatives
- Understand and participate in reducing the effects of global warming
Call Marco at 403-774-7428 to Find Out if You Qualify for Any Government Incentives
Or to Book Your EnerGuide Home Evaluation Today
What is Involved in an EnerGuide Home Evaluation for your home?
A Homeowner Information Sheet:
A homeowner Information sheet includes detailed information about your home and its energy use.
An EnerGuide Rating and Label:
An EnerGuide rating and label displays the energy performance of your home. This is done by estimating the net amount of energy a home utilizes in a year and displays the rated energy consumption in GJ/year per square meter.
A Renovation Upgrade Report:
A renovation upgrade report provides a detailed and customized roadmap with recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy performance. This is ideal for existing homeowners who are looking to renovate their home and implement more energy efficient upgrades.
What is an energy advisor?
An energy advisor is an individual who conducts EnerGuide home evaluations on behalf of an NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) licensed service organization. Energy advisors provide unbiased, third party expert advice on energy use and savings to homeowners and builders.
What is an EnerGuide home evaluation?
An EnerGuide home evaluation is a service that provides homeowners information on increasing energy efficiency and comfort in their home. Understanding your home’s energy performance can help you make informed decisions when operating or renovating your home. An energy evaluation provides information that can help you better understand your home energy allocations, allowing you to make the best energy efficient choices towards utility costs.
When undertaking renovations or upgrades of your home, having a Home Energy Advisor perform a comprehensive assessment is a smart choice. A full assessment will determine where you can benefit most from your upgrades and increase energy efficiency. The advisor enables you to make informed decisions. This can be an invaluable tool for you and your renovation contractor when planning your home improvement project. A well-educated homeowner saves money and assures greater comfort for the family home.
An assessment typically takes 2 to 2 ½ hours. Upon completion of the evaluation, the following will be provided:
- An EnerGuide rating and label that displays the rated energy consumption in GJ/year per square meter.
- A Homeowner Information Sheet that includes detailed information about your home and its energy use.
- A Renovation Upgrade Report that provides a detailed customized roadmap with recommendations for improving your home’s energy performance. This is ideal for existing homeowners who are looking to renovate their home to make it more energy efficient.
– Optional Follow-up Home Rating
After completing your upgrade recommendations, having a second energy evaluation is helpful as it provides you with a revised and improved EnerGuide rating, Home information sheet and new label. This revised information shows how your improvements increase your home’s energy performance.
This will take approximately one hour to complete and includes a blower door test.
What is an EnerGuide Rating?
An EnerGuide rating and label (new EnerGuide label, version 15) displays the energy performance of your home by estimating the net amount of energy a home utilizes in a year. The newly integrated EnerGuide Rating System calculates the energy consumption of a home in gigajoules per year. This system ensures the rating focuses on the house rather than the occupants’ activities. By using standard operating conditions. This new, energy use based rating has come into effect in Alberta as of July 1, 2016.For more information, visit http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/housing/home-improvements/18684
What to expect during an EnerGuide Home Evaluation.
During the on-site evaluation, we will collect the following data from your home:
- We will perform a comprehensive assessment of the building envelope: windows, doors, ceilings, walls, foundation. A visual inspection and measurement is done to determine surface area, insulation levels, dimensions/volume and the orientation (to accommodate for solar gain) of your home.
- We perform a comprehensive assessment of mechanical systems: heating system, air conditioning, ventilation system and water heater.
- Blower door test: (A Blower Door Test is performed to determine the air tightness of your home and identify air leaks) With the
- Blower Door running, we will walk with you throughout your home to identify common areas of air infiltration. A Blower Door test will determine:
Measurement of air changes per hour at 50 Pa
- Location of major air leakage areas/ ELA (estimated leakage area) of the home. The ELA is expressed in square inches
- Depressurization test when required (combustion spillage)
- Energy modelling of all components to determine the energy efficiency of your home.
- By comparing your home to a home built to a 2010 NBC National Building Code (as a baseline)
- Recommended home upgrades and potential energy savings
- ERS certified label for your home
- Intensity energy rating of your home
The energy assessment will provide you with calculated potential energy savings on any recommended upgrades. A custom certified ERS report and label for your home.
Am I obliged to undertake the recommended upgrades?
No. This is simply a consulting service that provides homeowners information on increasing energy efficiency and comfort in their home. There is no obligation to undertake any of the recommended upgrades.
When is a follow-up evaluation recommended?
- When applying for government grants (In Alberta CMHC mortgage insurance rebate is the only option presently) https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm
- If you have made major improvements to the energy efficiency of your home after the initial energy evaluation, new rating and label is recommended. Especially if you are selling your home as this a great feature to have and may increase your home value.
Benefits of EnerGuide evaluations for new home construction
- Compliance Performance Modelling for Alberta Building Code 2014 – 9.36 Residential and Small Buildings
- Save time and money, by having builders work with energy advisors to identify energy performance upgrades with HOT2000 modeling in the design and construction phase.
- Builders can incorporate these upgrades to attain higher energy performance home.
- Builders can offer energy efficiency upgrade option packages to homebuyers.
- Learn more about EnerGuide rated new homes.
* EnerGuide and HOT2000 are official marks of Natural Resources Canada.