Power Smart for New Homes

Building Power Smart means taking steps to design and build a home that can be more comfortable, valuable, durable, and at least 20 per cent more energy efficient than a typical home. Power Smart for New Homes offers incentives and rebates while letting you choose the approach that best fits the way you want to build your energy efficient home:

Prescriptive Path

  • To receive an incentive, incorporate 14 energy saving upgrades into the home.
  • Homes with these upgrades achieve an energy rating equivalent to an EnerGuide rating of 82.
  • Homes that use alternative technologies to achieve an energy rating of 82 without using the Prescriptive Path may also qualify as Power Smart.

Performance Path

  • Design your home with energy modelling and receive a receive a scaled, progressive incentive for increasing levels of performance. This flexible option rewards higher-performing construction such as Net Zero Energy homes, Passive House, and Net Zero Energy Ready homes. Rebates up to $12,550 per home are available.
  • The Performance Path gives you the freedom to incorporate any technology, building design, or upgrades to the home, such as solar panels, air source heat pumps, or super-insulated walls. For houses with self-generation via solar panels, we will consider the application under both the Solar Energy Program and the Power Smart for New Homes program in order to maximize your total eligible rebate.
  • Once the home is complete, a Power Smart evaluator will determine the final energy performance of the home and will award the associated rebate.

How to apply

Before the start of construction, commercial builders or individuals building their own home should choose a path, conduct any energy modelling or energy design as indicated (Performance Path applicants only), and then download and submit an application (PDF, 274 KB).

We will review your application and issue a pre-approval, at which time construction of the home can begin.

Once the home is complete, download and submit the completion form (PDF, 117 KB) and we will schedule an evaluation to certify the home.

Builders

You can apply for a single home or many homes.

Multi-unit buildings are eligible for an incentive for each household unit or suite.

  • Under the Prescriptive Path, they are essentially individual units, but common walls or other common assemblies are not considered in the program requirements. Air tightness for the building as a whole is not relaxed, however tradeoffs may be considered if the designer can show a specific benefit of the multi-unit design.
  • Under the Performance Path, we expect whole building modeling but will discuss individual situations.

If every home you build meets Power Smart standards, you can also apply to become a Power Smart Preferred Builder. Contact us for more information.

Power Smart Preferred Builders

If you are interested in having a Power Smart home built, the following builders have made a commitment to meet Power Smart standards on all of their new homes (under the Prescriptive Path, the Performance Path, or a combination of both):

Premium refund available from CMHC

Homes built under Power Smart for New Homes are automatically eligible for a partial Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) loan insurance premium refund:

  • Prescriptive Path: 15 per cent premium refund;
  • Performance Path ERS 82 to 85: 15 per cent premium refund;
  • Performance Path ERS 86 or better: 25 per cent refund.

For more information or to apply for the premium refund, visit the CMHC website.

Contact us

For more information, email us.