Home Energy Labelling

In November 2021, Calgary City Council declared a climate emergency and call to action, which emphasized the need to expedite climate actions to achieve a Citywide target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

To facilitate this transition, Calgary City Council approved the implementation of the Calgary Climate Strategy: Pathways to 2050 on July 5th, 2022.

As a result of the Climate Mitigation Action Plan, The City of Calgary is developing a Home Energy Label Program planned to come into effect spring 2023. This program is foundational to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as we work towards our citywide target.

What is Home Energy Labelling?

The distinctive EnerGuide label is a familiar sight to most Canadians when shopping for new appliances. An Energuide label lets us know how much energy a product uses and how it compares to other models.

EnerGuide labels can also be applied to an entire home. For this, a qualified Energy Advisor must complete a home evaluation. The home Energuide label provides a energy use rating measured in total gigajoules (GJ) use per year. The label also includes a breakdown of the home’s consumption by energy source (electricity and natural gas) and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the type of home evaluation conducted by the Energy Advisor, the EnerGuide label can also provide recommendations for improving energy performance through mechanical equipment upgrades and retrofit projects.

The EnerGuide label is the most accurate way to label the energy performance of a home because it involves an on-site inspection of the home. However, alternative methods of labelling also exist that use digital technology to produce a home energy label. Both EnerGuide labels and other home energy labels are important tools for indicating the energy performance of homes. 

Why is Home Energy Labelling important?

The Home Energy Label Program will publicly label the energy performance of low-density residential buildings, including:

Single family home

Duplex

Side by side

 

Energy labels increase transparency and awareness about home energy performance which is important to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Home energy labels assign value to energy efficiency, improve homeowner energy literacy, and provide indicators on how to improve a home’s energy performance. Energy efficiency is important for citizens to understand as it impacts home comfort, ongoing operating/utility costs, home value and building performance. 

What will the program look like?

Although the City of Calgary’s Home Energy Label Program is still in the design phase, it will include elements from home labelling programs that have demonstrated success across the world. The City of Calgary will require all new, low-density residential construction to obtain an energy label during the building permit process. At a later date, the program may expand to also include existing homes. This would ensure energy labels for existing homes are incrementally produced, disclosed, updated and verified. In many cases, for the Greener Homes Grant and the City of Calgary’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP), homeowners must obtain a home energy label prior to applying for government-sourced home retrofit grants and funding. 

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