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New 2012 R-2000 standard promises 50% more energy-efficiency

February 16, 2012 - Today, a new standard for energy efficiency aimed at lowering Canadians’ energy costs for new homes while reducing greenhouse gas emissions was launched. Say “Hello” to the 2012 R-2000 standard, unveiled by Gordon O’Connor, minister of state (on behalf of Joe Oliver, minister of natural resources) and Ron Olson, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.


February 16, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

The new standard includes measures to reduce water consumption and improve insulation and ventilation. Homes built to this standard will be 50% more energy-efficient than homes built to the 2005 R-2000 standard.

“R-2000 continues to play a pivotal role in making Canada a world leader in energy-efficient housing technology,” said Olson. “The 2012 R-2000 Standard is an important milestone that will keep the Canadian home-building industry at the forefront of building homes that are better for the environment, better for our communities and better for the people who live in them.”

Over the past 30 years, R-2000 has been key to encouraging, recognizing and supporting innovation in energy efficiency for residential housing, says the government. All R-2000 homes are constructed by licensed and trained builders; evaluated, inspected and tested by independent third-party inspectors; and certified by the Government of Canada.

The launch took place in Ottawa, Ont., at Canada’s first home built to the new standard, unveiled by Urbandale Construction.

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“Urbandale is proud to be able to offer our customers homes built to Canada’s highest building standard,” said Matthew Sachs, Urbandale’s general manager.

The 2012 R-2000 Standard was published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) this month, and all R-2000 builders will follow the new specifications as of July 2012. The demonstration home at 80 Equestrian in Bridlewood will be open to the public for viewings from noon to 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.