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Canadian Contractor: Energy Efficiency Ratings Programs
Canadian Contractor describes the various energy efficiency and environmentally appropriate housing labelling programs.

GBA: Explanation Of The HERS Index
Green Building Advisor describes home-energy ratings, the HERS Index equation and the definition of the reference home.

Green Energy Futures: How EnerGuide Rates A Home
Green Energy Futures online video describes the EnerGuide for homes label and how an assessment can help reduce energy use in a home, save money and reduce carbon footprint.

HBC: Understanding EnerGuide Rating System v15
Home Builder Canada magazine says NRCan newly revised EnerGuide Rating System v15 brings some significant changes, and builders will need to become familiar with some new terms and energy metrics.

NRCan: Canadian EnerGuide Rating Service For New Homes
Natural Resources Canada describes the EnerGuide Home Energy Rating service, how it works, how you get an EnerGuide rated new home, sample report and label as well as an FAQ section.

RESNET: What Is An Energy Rating?
Residential Energy Services Network describes what an energy rating is.
Education & Training

CHBA-BC: Certified Energy Advisor Training Course
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC workshop provides training on the use of the HOT2000 software which is used to model house plans within the Built Green BC & R-2000 programs. This workshop is for those who wish to become third party advisors to builders building Built Green BC homes including certified R-2000 homes.

Residential Energy Dynamics: Slide Show On Zone Pressure Diagnostics
Residential Energy Dynamics online slide show summarizes a webinar they held on Zone Pressure Diagnostics for Optimal Air Sealing and Insulation. (PDF)
Industry Information

GBA: In Norway, Home Energy Labels Are Not a Lure for Buyers
Green Building Advisor says research finds that home buyers are largely indifferent to energy labels, echoing concerns among some green builders in the US.

IMT: Chicago Launches First Building Energy Rating System in US
Institute of Market Transformation describes Chicago’s new building energy rating system and how it aims to make building energy performance scores easier to understand and more visible to the public—helping renters and investors evaluate the energy efficiency of a building before making a decision.

IMT: Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Around The World
Institute for Market Transformation report Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement offers a classification system for building energy rating systems around the world. It analyzes the fundamental assumptions and methodologies underpinning 17 systems in 10 countries.

LBL: Value Of Energy Performance & Green Attributes In Buildings
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report The Value of Energy Performance and Green Attributes in Buildings studies labels, certifications, and rating systems for energy efficiency performance and green attributes of buildings. Such certifications and ratings can make energy efficiency more visible, and could help spur demand for energy efficiency if these designations are shown to have a positive impact on sales or rental prices. (PDF)

RESNET: Annual US National Building Performance Conference
US Residential Energy Services Network annual Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy. It offers strategic options to the business challenges and provides a venue where you can obtain usable solutions in an evolving industry. The next conference will take place on February 24-26, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
Industry Sectors

CRESNET: Canadian Residential Energy Services Network
Canadian Residential Energy Services Network is a new, national non-profit association of energy service providers, advisors and inspectors who are working to ensure energy efficiency in residential buildings in Canada.

RESNET: US Residential Energy Services Network
US Residential Energy Services Network is an industry not-for-profit membership corporation that is a national standards making body for building energy efficiency rating systems.
Information Sources

Building Rating: Global Resource Site On Building Rating Information
Building Rating is a gateway into building energy performance rating and disclosure intelligence. It has an online library of resources, including information on global policies, programs, impact analyses, and rating systems and tools.

CREA: What Realtors Need to Know About EnerGuide Home Evaluation
Canadian Real Estate Association says if realtors are interested in helping their clients save on energy bills while also increasing home comfort, the EnerGuide energy performance rating and labeling program is a great place to start.

RESNET: Presentations From 2001-2009 Building Performance Conferences
US Residential Energy Services Network offers online access to 2009 conference presentations on home energy auditing and home energy rating. Links to presentations from their 2001 to 2008 conferences can be found at bottom of page.

RESNET: Presentations From Past Building Performance Conferences
Residential Energy Services Network, the trade association for the residential building performance industry, offers online slide shows and documents from presentations made at their industry conferences held in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Vancouver City: Rate Our Home Program Displays Home Ratings
Metro Vancouver new program Rate Our Home is designed to make spotting an energy efficient home easier by creating awareness and demand for EnerGuide home energy labels.
Issues & Performance

CHBA-BC: Update On Changes to the EnerGuide Rating System
Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia describes recent changes to the EnerGuide rating system for homes. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: Imprecision Of HERS Ratings
Energy Vanguard says a home energy rating is supposed to tell you how energy efficient your home is. A certified home energy rater goes to the home and collects data relevant to energy consumption in the home, then enters data into energy modeling software to get results: consumption for heating, cooling, water heating, lights, and appliances plus this thing called a HERS Index. But what if the results were off by 50%, 100%, or even more?

Energy Vanguard: UL & Intertek Partner With Homebuilders in Energy Rating Program
Energy Vanguard says Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek are working with the Florida Home Builders Association to certify home energy ratings, blower door tests, duct leakage tests, and other parts of the state energy code in Florida.

IMT: Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement Systems
Institute for Market Transformation paper Comparing Building Energy Performance Measurement proposes a classification framework for energy efficiency evaluation tools by comparing seventeen building energy performance assessment systems from ten countries. (PDF)

RESNET: Guidlines For Multifamily Energy Ratings
RESNET online Guidelines for Multifamily Energy Ratings provide guidance specific to multifamily ratings based on the RESNET national home energy rating standards. The guidelines address definitions, energy modeling, performance testing, inspections, and sampling. (PDF)

RESNET: Mortgage Industry National HERS Standards
RESNET Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Systems Standards set out the procedures for the accreditation of home energy rating Providers and technical standards by which home energy ratings shall be conducted so their results will be acceptable to all public and private sector industries that may require an objective, cost-effective, sustainable home energy rating process. (PDF)

RESNET: US Standards For Home Energy Ratings
US Residential Energy Services Network standards are recognized for: accreditation of rating providers, rater training providers, and rating software tools; verification of energy savings for energy efficient mortgages; verification of home energy performance for ENERGY STAR Homes; performance option for energy code compliance; and verification of energy performance in state utility residential energy efficiency programs.

RESNET: US Standards Of Practice For Home Energy Rating
RESNET Home Energy Rating Standards of Practice guides certified RESNET Home Energy Raters and Rating Field Inspectors in the inspection and testing of a home's energy performance. The standards address: Scope of standard; Limitations of rater responsibilities; Additional services that a rater may provide; Minimum rated features of a home; The rating report; Rater financial interest disclosure; General limitations and exclusions. (PDF)

Building Rating: Building Energy Ratings Have Positive Affect On Housing Sales & Price
University of Oxford paper analyses the effect of energy efficiency ratings on the sale and rental prices of properties in the Republic of Ireland. The results show that energy efficiency has a positive effect on both the sales and rental prices of properties, that the effect is significantly stronger in the sales segment of the property market, and the effect of the energy rating is stronger where market conditions are worse. (PDF)
Product Supply

CHBA Alberta: Overview of EnerGuide v15 for Builders & Renovators
CHBA Alberta online presentation EnerGuide v15 Pathway from Code to Net Zero provides an overview of the new EnerGuide, its features, and benefits to builders and renovators. (PDF)

CHBA-BC: Listing Of Licensed Energy Advisors In BC
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC provides listing of their Licensed Energy Advisors in BC, who are third party advisors to builders building Built Green BC homes including certified R-2000 homes. (PDF)

Light House: Comparison Of Energy Labeling For Commercial Buildings In Canada
Light House report Comparison of Energy Labeling for Commercial Buildings in Canada summarizes energy labeling programs and outlines available resources and tools to help building owners start labeling their buildings. (PDF)

NRCan: Canadian EnerGuide Rating System For New Houses
Natural Resources Canada My EnerGuide page is a source for all the latest information about the updated EnerGuide Rating System. Natural Resources Canada is in the process of updating numerous aspects of the EnerGuide Rating System for homes, including the rating scale and the reports homeowners receive, in order to provide homeowners with better information about the energy performance of their homes. More than 300 key industry stakeholders were consulted as part of the process of planning these updates, including a nationwide public review period.

NRCan: EnerGuide Energy Efficiency Home Evaluation
Natural Resources Canada explains how the EnerGuide home evaluation can help you understand how your home uses energy now - and identify upgrades to help improve energy efficiency. An energy advisor will assess your home from basement to attic. This will give you an EnerGuide rating for your home. You can also get an energy efficiency report to help you make decisions about doing retrofits or upgrades. You can even use this service when you're buying or building a new home.

NRCan: Search For EnerGuide Rating Providers In Canada
Natural Resources Canada online search tool allows you to find EnerGuide Rating Providers in cities and regions throughout Canada.
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