Energy Labelling for New HomesFAQs and Model Bylaw Amendments

Publication - Feb. 21, 2014 - By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Ellen Pond, Benjamin Thibault

Homes in B.C. differ in size, location and design — visible characteristics that affect value. But homes also vary in air tightness, amount of insulation and heating system performance. These characteristics might not be visible, but they can save money, increase comfort, improve indoor air quality and boost resale value. And with 37 per cent of B.C.’s community carbon pollution coming from buildings, improving the energy efficiency of B.C. homes is key to tackling climate change.

This report presents a model building bylaw amendment for the energy labelling of new low-rise residential houses. The bylaw amendment was developed in partnership with the City of Dawson Creek, B.C., and could be easily adapted for use by any local government. It also addresses frequently asked questions about home energy labelling.

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