Whether you're planning to build or renovate your home, this guide will help you meet a greener standard and join other Edmontonians in our quest to become a carbon neutral city!
The Home’s Magic Membrane
The building envelope is the physical separator – the walls, roof and foundation – between the inside and outside of the building. The design, configuration and performance of the building envelope has a direct impact on your comfort, home heating bill and your home maintenance costs. The envelope is also the longest lasting and most difficult piece of a home to change, so it should be a top priority when building.
Energy-Efficiency in New Homes
- Insulation: Proper insulation keeps heat inside when it’s cold outside, and keeps it cool inside when it’s warm outside
- Good Windows: Energy efficient windows, doors and skylights can reduce your home energy costs
- Ventilation: New homes built to EnerGuide 80 and above will usually have a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) that provides abundant fresh air into the home while minimizing heat loss
- Air Leaks: Airtightness (sealing) is critical to reduces leakage of air between indoors and out, this includes things like caulking and weatherstripping in existing homes
Building to Code Achieves the Following Effective R-values (RSI):
Building better will achieve higher energy efficiency