New Home Construction

 

All for only $99

If you’re building a new home, we can help make it more energy efficient and comfortable.

  • A certified Energy Advisor will review your building plans.
  • You will receive customized recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your design.
  • Depending on the efficiency of your new home, you could receive up to $7,000 in rebates.
  • You also get an EnerGuide rating that tells you (and future buyers) that your home knows how to save money.

 

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For more info, email info@efficiencyns.ca or call us toll free: 1-877-999-6035.

 

Get Started

Simply call one of our efficiency partners to complete and submit an application.
Please note, your application must be submitted before or within 30 days of receiving your building permit.

 

ThermalWise
Province-wide (Except Digby, Yarmouth and Shelbourne counties)
1-844-469-0687 or 902-701-6737 (in HRM)

 

Amerispec Home Inspection Services
Province-wide (Except Cape Breton)
1-844-432-0077 or 902-708-0436 (in HRM)

 

Homesol Building Solutions
Province-wide
1-855-973-0954 or 902-708-0441 in Halifax area

 

Summerhill Group
Halifax, South Shore, The Valley, and Hants County
902-701-6940

 

Next Steps

  • Our efficiency partner will complete your initial assessment and evaluate your building plans. A Certified Energy Advisor will be assigned to you or your builder and will make recommendations to incorporate energy efficiency technologies into your build. Efficiency Nova Scotia covers more than 80% of the cost of the assessment so it only costs you $99 + HST.
  • Build your home and have your Certified Energy Advisor conduct a follow up Energy Assessment within 12 months of your application approval date.
  • Either the builder or the homeowner may register the home, but the rebate will go to the registrant.

 

Benefits

Think win-win-win. An energy efficient home is:

  • Less expensive to operate
  • More comfortable to live in
  • More environmentally friendly

 

Save your money.

After reviewing your building plans, your Certified Energy Advisor works like a detective – searching for any opportunities to save money and energy. And depending on the level of efficiency of your home, you can receive up to $7,000 in incentives.

 

Stay comfortable.

Integrating good design, a high performance building envelope, and energy efficient technologies into new construction can keep your house warmer and more comfortable in every room – for less money.

 

Save our environment.

Because every kilowatt of electricity you use is up to 70% fossil fuel-based, any upgrade you make to your home is also an upgrade to our environment. In Nova Scotia, a plan for a more energy efficient home is a plan for fewer greenhouse gas emissions in our air.

Eligibility

We offer the $99 service, recommendations, and rebates to homes that are:

 

Please note, band-owned homes being built in First Nations communities in Nova Scotia are eligible to apply.

 

Rebates

You can have your home rated using the EnerGuide rating system or pursue NetZero or Passive House certification. The certification or rating achieved will define your incentive:

$2,000 Rebate
30% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or
45% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared

 

$5,000 Rebate
45% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or
65% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared

 

$7,000 Rebate
65% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or
75% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared or CHBA NetZero-Ready, CHBA NetZero, Passive House Certification.

 

  • Better than code targets are based on a percent improvement in consumption above the EnerGuide reference house and exclude base loads and Solar PV supply.
  • Home size includes all areas within the heated building envelope.
  • Once registered, you have one year from your registration date to complete construction of the home and have the final energy assessment performed.
  • Either the builder or the homeowner may register the home, but the rebate will go to the registrant.

High Performance Home Plan Pilot

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, which is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, is designed to help offset some of the initial consultation costs for high performance home plans and help more Nova Scotian’s building a new home build the most energy efficient homes they can.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the pilot, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria of the New Home Construction Program, and the requirements listed below:

  • Participants must register the designed home into the New Home Construction program, with the intention for it to be constructed, before incentives can be issued under the pilot.
  • Any items listed on The Home Plan Pilot Submission Checklist must be submitted along with the registration documents for the New Home Construction Program.

 

Incentives

Efficiency Nova Scotia will offer a $1,000 incentive paid to eligible participants with qualifying home plans in addition to the incentives available through our New Home Construction program. The submitted plans must achieve one of the sets of performance criteria outlined below upon completion of the initial design assessment to be considered for the pilot incentive:

  • 65% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or
  • 75% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared or
  • CHBA NetZero-Ready, CHBA NetZero, Passive House Certification.

The pilot incentive will only be issued once per unique set of home plans registered, and the issuance of this incentive is at the sole discretion of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Semi-detached homes and row homes (submitted on the same plan) will receive an increased pilot incentive, the incentive for these homes will increase by $250 for each additional unit being built up to a maximum of total incentive of $3,000 (9 units)

Individual manufactured home plans are not eligible for the pilot unless the plans fall outside of the suite of homes regularly provided by the manufacturer and are uniquely developed and registered by a specific retailer. We will offer the maximum pilot rebate ($3,000) to each home manufacturer in Atlantic Canada to create plans which achieve the program performance targets. This incentive can be utilized once per manufacturer

A pilot incentive will only be issued once per unique set of home plans registered, and the issuance of this incentive is at the sole discretion of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

 

Get Started

If you need help developing a High Performance Home Plan you can reach out to one of our efficiency partners listed below or utilize a pre-established list of consultants through Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Trade Network here.

Once your home plan is ready simply call one of our efficiency partners listed below to complete and submit an application. Please note, your application must be submitted before or within 30 days of receiving your building permit. Our efficiency partner will complete your initial design assessment and evaluate your building plans, they will then submit this information to Efficiency Nova Scotia for review, and issuance of the pilot incentive if applicable.

 

Amerispec Home Inspection Services
Province-wide (Except Cape Breton)
1-844-432-0077 or 902-708-0436 (in HRM)

 

Homesol Building Solutions
Province-wide
1-855-973-0954 or 902-708-0441 in Halifax area

 

ThermalWise
Province-wide (Except Digby, Yarmouth and Shelbourne counties)
1-844-469-0687 or 902-701-6737 (in HRM)

 

Summerhill Group
Halifax, South Shore, The Valley, and Hants County
902-701-6940

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