High Performance, Energy Efficient Homes


When we talk about high performance and energy efficiency, we’re referring to a home that’s built for a minimized impact on our environment. “High performance” means setting a higher standard for comfort, durability, indoor air quality, and lower energy use. It also means a home incorporates energy efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly products.

“A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hopes and dreams.”


What makes a home high performing and energy efficient?

There are many factors that go into constructing a home that’s energy efficient. Think of your home as a system where all the elements including the building envelope, mechanical systems and internal structure all contribute to the energy expended. Some of the elements can be upgraded in an existing home, or a new home can be built to implement all the elements from the start.

Here’s a list of the key areas that can be optimized:

  • Air tight construction improves the home’s walls and attic where air can leak through
  • Air tight sealing around windows and doors with weatherstripping to minimize air flow
  • High-performing heating and cooling mechanics (i.e. furnace, HVAC, water heater, AC)
  • Better insulation is effective in reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling
  • LED or other energy efficient lighting
  • Efficient built in products such as ventilation fans and appliances


The following demonstrates how energy efficiency in new homes increases the comfort level.

High Performance, Energy Efficient Homes

Why build a high-performance, energy efficient home?

The 2016 Canadian Home Buyer Preference National Study shows that 62 percent of homeowners say a high performance home is a ‘must have.’ In general, high performance, energy efficient homes offer cost savings and are good for the future of our environment. Here are some of the reasons why.


A high-performance, energy efficient home is well insulated and airtight, with optimal heating and cooling mechanics that help keep utility bills low. Added features can also lower water consumption and water-heating costs.


More home builders are constructing energy efficient homes due to demand. This trend will continue to increase the value of a home when it comes time to sell. In short, energy efficient features can add resale value.


This type of home is cozy and warm in winter and cool in summer. There are no drafts because it has better ventilation and excellent air quality so it’s never too humid or dry. A programmable thermostat can ensure the home’s temperature adjusts at night or when there is no one at home to further reduce costs.


More of us are paying attention to how our standard of living will impact the future generations. An energy efficient home lowers energy consumption, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and shrinks its carbon footprint. It’s good for you, for your family and the world at large.

How it is efficiency measured?

In Canada, a home’s performance level and energy efficiency is measured using the official ratings outlined by the EnerGuide rating system. The rating of a home is compared to a code built “reference home;” the lower the number, the less energy the home is estimated to use. In Alberta, the private not-for-profit association Built Green Canada provides guiding principles, programs and resources to encourage and facilitate sustainable business practices.


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