New pilot program designed to help Nova Scotians build high-performance homes

January 11th, 2019

(Halifax, NS) – Efficiency Nova Scotia has launched the High Performance Home Plan (HPHP) Pilot as part of its New Home Construction Program to assist Nova Scotians in designing and building energy efficient homes.

“The pilot will offset some of the initial consultation costs for high-performance home plans,” says Natasha Brooks, Program Manager. “We want to help more Nova Scotian’s looking to build new homes build the most energy efficient homes they can.”

The pilot, which is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, will increase the number of high-performance new homes constructed in Nova Scotia. The pilot will offer a $1000 incentive paid to eligible participants who complete an Initial Design Evaluation under Efficiency Nova Scotia’s New Home Construction program.

“The best way to keep energy bills and emissions as low as possible is to build homes that are energy efficient,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette.  “Thanks to the hard work of Nova Scotians, our province is a national leader in the fight against climate change. This program will build on our successes and help businesses expand and create jobs throughout our province.”

“The initial goal is to see 100 home plans go through the pilot by March 2020,” says Brooks. “Our partners will work with participants to integrate good design, a high performance building envelope, and energy efficient technologies, making their homes more comfortable and saving them money on their energy bills.”

Participants who complete the High Performance Home Plan pilot are also eligible for rebates up to $7000 under the New Home Construction program. To be eligible for the pilot and the New Home Construction Program, homes must be Electrically-heated and registered before or within 30 days of receiving a building permits.

For more information about the High Performance Home Plan pilot of the New Home Construction Program, visit


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For more information contact:

Janet Tobin
Communications Lead, Efficiency Nova Scotia
Office: 902-470-3652
Cell: 902-499-6494