As of January 2018, the EnerGuide Rating System Version 15 (ERS v15) for “New Homes” certification is an acceptable path for 9.36 modelling compliance in Alberta. (The Alberta Building Code section 9.36 requires builders to build energy efficient homes and standards are laid out to receive the building permits.)
This is welcome news for the building industry as there are many advantages for using the ERS v15 for compliance.
No more extensive manual calculations and multiple engineering models to prove compliance to the various authorities.
The energy modeling can be completed in less time, which reduce the energy modeling costs.
Under the new system, a blower door test by an ERS v15 registered energy advisor is now required. A blower door test is performed to determine the air tightness of your home and identify air leaks.
Builders will receive a government-certified EnerGuide label that should be displayed at the house. This is a great selling feature to validate the home’s energy efficiency. The prospective homebuyers can now easily compare the energy efficiency ratings of their potential new homes.
An Energy Advisor registered by NRCan now must conduct the modeling. This provides third-party verification of the energy efficiency of the building.
If you are a builder, then this process will make it easy for your customers to possibly qualify for the CMHC mortgage insurance rebate, which is an excellent selling feature!