The R-2000 standard does not specify how a house must be built, but is a set of strict technical requirements for how a house must perform, including stringent standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and resource conservation.
The benefits of an R-2000 home are:
Comfort: Improved indoor air quality, more consistent temperatures, fewer moisture problems, and the use of environmentally responsible materials mean year-round comfort.
Health: The quality of the air we breathe affects how we feel.
Peace of mind: R-2000 certified homes go through a demanding certification process. Only trained and licensed builders can build them. Furthermore, every R-2000 certified home is subject to independent inspections and tests that conventional homes don’t receive. The R-2000 certificate is government backed and supported as your proof.
Energy savings: An R-2000 house stretches your heating dollars further by having energy efficiency designed in, and not added on. R-2000 certified houses are significantly more energy efficient than those built to minimum building code requirements and have additional elements such as clean air features and high levels of insulation. This translates into energy savings, increased comfort, and a healthier environment for the homeowner.
State-of-the-art technology: R-2000 certified homes are the result of 25 years of intensive research and development by the Government of Canada and its industry partners. Home buyers get tried and tested technology, a higher-quality new home and lasting value for the future.
Protecting the environment: With improved building techniques and materials homeowners get the personal satisfaction of carrying out the duty to protect our environment for future generations.
Towards a Greener Future
Improving the environmental performance of Canadian homes is an ongoing process. Over the last two decades, a great deal of progress has been made. In the years ahead, this will continue.
Canada’s R-2000 Standard, which has played a central role in the development of more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible home building practices, is being upgraded. The new Standard will ensure that R-2000 homes represent the leading edge in energy performance and environmental features.
Today’s green homes will just keep on getting greener.