Net Zero Home Labelling Program

CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program

Net Zero Home Label to Recognize Homes that Produce as Much Energy as They Consume

Ottawa, May 2, 2017 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) today officially launched its Net Zero Home Labelling Program - continuing CHBA’s long history in leading energy efficiency in residential construction. The Program provides the industry and consumers with a clearly defined and rigorous two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and renovators who provide them. A pilot version of the Net Zero Home Labelling Program ran from September 2015 to December 2016 to validate technical and administrative details.

“CHBA supports leading-edge innovation in the residential construction industry with the goal of having those innovations as a voluntary and affordable choice for consumers,” said Kevin Lee, CEO. “The Net Zero Home Label will help to meet the energy efficient housing aspirations of Canadians, and renew Canadian industry leadership in high performance housing. CHBA members have always been leaders and innovators - this program continues that trend.”

Net Zero training has been developed for CHBA members who want to be part of this exciting program. This training will help get the necessary knowledge into the hands of key stakeholders and accelerate the industry’s capacity to achieve Net Zero.

A national network of CHBA Net Zero Qualified Service Organizations, Energy Advisors and Trainers will work directly with the builders and renovators to design, model, test and inspect each home.

“CHBA would like to thank all of our Net Zero Council members and industry stakeholders who participated in the development of the Program through the pilot phase. Your advice and leadership throughout the process helped shape Net Zero and the future of energy efficiency in housing.” said Sonja Winkelmann, Director, Net Zero Energy Housing.

A Full Spectrum of Market Offerings

The CHBA supports a full spectrum of voluntary energy performance levels to provide Canadians with higher performing homes. These programs present a complete market offering that is applicable to custom and production homes, renovations and low-rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs).

The CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program has been designed so that a home could still qualify for Net Zero Ready, R-2000, or ENERGY STAR® if Net Zero isn’t achievable. This diagram shows the increasing energy performance levels:

Energy performance of voluntary programs compared to building code 

Due to the energy production that is part of a Net Zero Home, its energy performance is 100% better than homes built to code.

CHBA Nationwide Home Buyer Preference Study

In this years CHBA Home Buyer Preference Study “Overall energy-efficient home” made the top 3! Another 3 energy efficient features (energy efficient appliances, HRV/ERV and energy-efficient windows) made the Top 10 list again this year.

Want to know what else home buyers are looking for in a new home? If you’re looking for powerful insight into today’s new home buyer market, then CHBA’s 2020 nationwide market research study – powered by Avid Ratings Canada – is a must read. 3,000 home buyers participated in the fourth annual CHBA survey on more than 50 in-depth areas of home design, building features, buying preferences, and demographics. Learn more / buy it here.

The top 10 overall “Must Have” home features identified by the 2020 study participants:

  1. Energy-efficient appliances
  2. Walk-in closets
  3. Overall energy-efficient home
  4. High-efficiency windows
  5. Kitchen island
  6. Open-concept kitchen
  7. Large Windows
  8. Linen Closets
  9. Air Exchange system (HRV/ERV)
  10. Two-car garage

“Our National Home Buyer Preference Study confirmed that consumers want and expect an energy efficient home. Our members have a long history in delivering high performance homes and are ready and eager to deliver the next generation of high performance housing to discerning Canadian home buyers. Our Net Zero Home Labelling Program provides third party confirmation for both the industry and the consumer.”

Kevin Lee, CEO, Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Canadians want their homes to be as tough as they are; to be able to endure Canadian winters with ease! CHBA members will meet the housing aspirations of Canadians, and renew Canadian leadership in high performance housing by offering consumers a “made in Canada” solution: Net Zero Homes!

Order the complete 2020 Home Buyer Preference Study report here.

A Net Zero Energy Housing Council

The CHBA, the voice of Canada's residential construction industry since 1943, established a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Housing Council in 2014 to guide its efforts in high-performance housing. The 53 Founding Members were selected for their demonstrated competence and experience in NZE or R-2000 housing as well as their knowledge or capability in specialized areas important to advancing NZE housing.

Learn more here.

CHBA Position on Net Zero

CHBA members can learn more about CHBA's position on Net Zero here.

Live in a home that will lve you back.

Net Zero Homes - coming soon to a builder/renovator near you!

Net Zero Homes

Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes offer whole-house comfort, excellent indoor air quality, and superior energy performance using proven advanced technologies and construction practices. The result is a superior quality home that exceeds current and anticipated building code requirements. Each Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Home will be verified by government-licensed third-party Service Organizations and recognized by CHBA for its achievement.

See more benefits here.

Net Zero Cost

Significant strides have been made over the last 5 to 10 years by industry innovators. This has reduced the additional costs of Net Zero Homes by as much as 50% - and in many cases we’re now able to achieve cost neutrality when operating costs are considered. This means that the extra cost of Net Zero Homes can be off-set by the monthly energy savings - at net-zero monthly cost!


Brett Cass

Program Coordinator,
Net Zero Home
Labelling Program
613.230.3060 x233
Twitter: @NZEhomes