Ours is a program that offers participating builders a competitive advantage, with pass-along benefits for their homebuyers; increased durability in their builds; third-party certification offering verification to the home’s energy efficiency and green features; and a means to demonstrate they are ahead of building code: going the extra mile on their builds. Benefits include:
Pass-along benefits for your homebuyers
A healthier, more durable home with lower environmental impact, a reduction in monthly operating costs, automatic mortgage loan rebate eligibility, improved resale value, and more. These benefits resonate with homebuyers and drive demand—58% of homeowners say an overall energy efficient home is a ‘must have.’ 2023 Canadian Home Buyer Preference National Study by Avid Ratings and CHBA National.*
This results in fewer fix-it call-backs, fewer warranty issues, and client satisfaction that pays off in reputation and sales. And many builders find that participating in our programs helps them build better.
Verification of your green builds
Our programs are third-party certified, which authenticates the green features in the homes you build. Certification with Built Green Canada is a two-in-one: an EnerGuide label and BUILT GREEN® label, which strengthens your position with homebuyers, giving you added credibility from a third-party.
Staying ahead of regulations
When code changes happen, you’re ready for them.
The competitive advantage of going beyond the status quo
Whether you’re operating in a municipalities that has adopted 9.36 or the BC Energy Step Code, a minimum energy performance standard is now a requirement for all builders. As our certifications include energy and go beyond to address materials and methods, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water conservation, occupant wellness, and business practices, participating in our programs shows your builds are beyond the status quo around advanced building practices and the benefits that go with this.
Certifying your builds through our programs demonstrates your leadership as a progressive builder and business leader.
Plus, our programs are affordable and offer ease of navigation and the flexibility to allow you to choose from a number of green features, depending on what best suits your build, customer, and budget. Additionally, in select markets incentives and rebates are available.
*2023 Canadian Home Buyer Preference National Study by Avid Ratings and CHBA National.
- Overall energy efficient home – 58% must have; 30% really want.
- High-efficiency windows – 60% must have; 26% really want.
- Energy-efficient appliances – 64% must have; 24% really want.
- HRV / ERV air exchange systems – 54% must have; 27% really want.
- Plus, 46% say certification / rating is a must have; 30% really want. The demand for a home certification label reflects a steadily increasing trend over the four years of this study.
- Meanwhile, dual-flush toilets and low-flow water fixtures rated high as well—in-demand sustainable features go beyond energy efficiency.