Power Smart for New Homes

Building Power Smart means taking steps to design and create a home that can be more comfortable, valuable, durable, and at least 20 per cent more energy efficient than a typical home. Today, Power Smart for New Homes gives builders flexibility to choose the approach that best fits their preferences and processes when building the next generation of energy efficient homes.

Option 1: Prescriptive Path – a builder checklist

Under this approach, 14 individual energy saving upgrades are incorporated into the home. Those upgrades include:

  • increased attic insulation: R-60;
  • increased exterior above grade wall insulation: R-22;
  • increased floor header (rim joist) insulation: R-24;
  • increased basement insulation: R-24;
  • tested air tightness of less than 1.5 air changes per hour;
  • upgraded windows: triple glaze, low-e, argon, with both low conductivity frame and spacer;
  • high efficient heat recovery ventilation (HRV) with a SRE > 64;
  • HRV Smart Controls with the ability to operate the HRV in standby mode (no low speed fan) or intermittent operation (20 minutes on per hour) and can still run, if required, by the de-humidistat or the bathroom controls;
  • low-flow showerhead 1.5 GPM or better;
  • permanently-wired car plug timer;
  • advanced framing (24″ on centre);
  • reduced glazing (20 sq. ft. window reduction);
  • basement slab edge thermal break (R-5);
  • energy efficient LED lighting in 20 sockets with the majority in common use areas.

Homes with the above technologies achieve an energy rating equivalent to an EnerGuide rating of 82. Homes which use alternative technologies to achieve an energy rating of 82 without using the Prescriptive Path may also qualify as Power Smart.

Option 2: High Performance Path

Under this approach, integrated design allows the builder the flexibility to choose the strategy best suited to building a high performance home. The Performance Path provides a scaled, progressive incentive for increasing levels of performance, as well as a rebate for the costs of energy modelling. The builder is free to innovate by incorporating any technology, building design, or upgrades in the home. Once the home is complete, a Power Smart evaluator will determine the final energy performance of the home and the associated rebate will be awarded. Performance homes often include innovative designs and technologies such as solar panels, air source heat pumps, and super-insulated walls, for example.

How to apply

Commercial builders and customers building their own homes can download, complete, and submit an application (PDF, 274 KB).

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


You can apply for a single home, or many homes. If every home you build meets Power Smart standards, you can also apply to become a Power Smart Preferred Builder.

For more information, email us.


Tell your builder you want to build Power Smart.

Power Smart Preferred Builders

Power Smart for New Homes offers an exclusive Preferred Builder option which recognizes and supports energy efficient residential construction in Manitoba.

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 Mortage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) loan insurance premium refund:

  • Prescriptive Path: 15 per cent premium refund;
  • Performance Path ERS 82-85: 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.