NZE Qualified Homes


Homes participating in the PILOT must meet these requirements to receive the CHBA NZE/NZEr Qualified Home designation:


NRCan R-2000 v.12 Certification


NRCan EnerGuide for Houses Net Annual Energy Use ≤ 0 GJ

NOTE: Using HOT2000 v.10.51. Post Pilot (version 1) will use HOT2000 v.11.

NRCan R-2000 NZE Pilot Requirements

NOTE: NRCan will make the required documents available to the NZE Qualified EAs and SOs. (R-2000 v.14 DRAFT, the Home Criteria, Technical Procedures and the spreadsheets including the defaults.)

Additional Requirements as Specified by the CHBA

  • FOR NZE: Renewable energy design evaluation & installation verification by a NZE Qualified EA.
  • FOR NZEr: Renewable Ready design evaluation & verification by a NZE Qualified EA. (Using the NRCan Solar Ready Guidelines during the Pilot.)
  • Energy monitoring device with real time energy consumption and energy generation information for consumers.

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes (ESNH) v.12 - Performance Path Minimum Requirements

NOTE: There's no need to submit a separate ESNH file to NRCan. NRCan only needs an R-2000 file submitted with a note in the comment field of the file requesting that NRCan develop the ESNH file to produce an ESNH Label. See the Administrative Process for details.


The Pilot is now closed.

Version 1 of the program is set to come into effect January 1, 2017. We will update our website with more information shortly.


A Net Zero Energy (NZE) home is one that is designed, modelled and constructed to produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

  • NOT NZE “as operated” – but uses assumptions for occupant consumption (Plug/occupant loads in NZE homes are between ½ to ⅔ of total energy use)
  • The energy produced is a) generated on-site and b) renewable.
  • NZE can be achieved via net-metering AND/OR on-site generation and storage.
  • It includes all forms of energy (ie passive and thermal) including acknowledgment of gas and electrical base loads.

A NZE Ready (NZEr) home is a NZE home that has not yet installed the renewables.

Program Standards Sub-Committee (PSC)

The purpose of the PSC is to assist the CHBA Net Zero Energy Housing Council (NZC) in an advisory capacity to review, consider and make recommendations on the development and implementation of the Net Zero Home Labeling Program. For more information see the PSC Terms of Reference here.