Green Building Programs:
LEEP / TAP
Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) and Technology Adoption Pilot (TAP) was launched in four Ontario regions in April 2010 by the EnerQuality Corporation with the support of Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY, the Ontario Power Authority, Enbridge, and Union Gas.
The LEEP technology review process and the installation of technologies in TAP Discovery homes, aims to accelerate the adoption of builder-selected, energy-efficient technologies and best practices across Ontario. It addresses the issue of builders who, swamped with information about new products, must decide which are the most market ready, offer the greatest value and fit best into the housing development system.
BILD was selected as the first of four participating Ontario home building associations, along with London, Sudbury and Hamilton-Halton and Niagara (who have partnered for this initiative). This will lead to the building of 40 demonstration homes in these four regions over the course of two years.
ENERGY STAR® for New Homes and GreenHouse
ENERGY STAR for New Homes is a program backed by Natural Resources Canada and run by the Enerquality Corporation in Ontario and provides builders with guidelines on making their homes more energy efficient. There website is located HERE and provides information on the variety of programs.
ESNH participant builders are verifed by a third party, based on a set of standards set above the standard building code. These fall under two major classifications:
Improvements to the outside structure
Improvements to the mechanical systems
This can mean anything from better insulation, to high performance windows, to lighting and appliances.
GreenHouseTM, a program that puts the next level of green building in reach of most builders with the credibility they have come to expect from EnerQuality. In turn, EnerQuality will continue to work closely with NRCan, CMHC and the OPA to ensure GreenHouse Certified Homes will be performance tested, third-party verified and government backed.
To read Michael Moldenhauer's article on Energy Star and GreenHouse click HERE.
For more information on Energy Star visit www.esnewhomes.ca
LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes works to define what green building is, and to raise the level of standard that all future construction is built on.
The LEED for Homes rating system deals with six major areas:
Energy and Atmosphere impact
Materials and Resources used
Indoor environmental quality
To be certified in LEED a builder is given certain “credits” based on the six major categories of completion. These “credits” determine the level certification of the structure:
Certified – 26-32 points (no innovation points)
Silver – 33-38 points
Gold – 39-51 points
Platinum – 52-69 points
These levels and credits are decided by the United States Green Building Council.
Please visit there WEBSITE for more information.