On September 13, 2023, The City is implementing a Home Energy Labelling Program – New Home Pilot that offers a rebate to builders who submit an energy label for new low-density residential buildings. The one-year pilot is part of the ongoing
Home Energy Labelling Program for new and existing homes, which falls within the Buildings focus area of Calgary’s 2023-2026 Climate Implementation Plan, supporting Calgary’s pathway to net-zero by 2050.
An energy label provides a simple score that shows a home’s energy performance, which can help Calgarians understand the energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of homes when buying, selling, or renovating.
Phase 1: Voluntary Pilot – September 2023
A one-year voluntary pilot program where builders can opt in through the building permit application process and receive a $250 rebate for each EnerGuide label up to a maximum of $7,500 per applicant. The rebate is available for new, low-density homes. The EnerGuide labels will be included in the Home Energy Performance map, and participant feedback will help us refine the process for Phase 2.
Phase 2: Mandatory Submission – September 2024
Following the completion of the voluntary pilot phase, participation will be mandatory for all new low-density residential buildings reinforced by a bylaw and enforcement measures.
Education & Existing Home Label Collection
An educational campaign throughout the spring and fall of 2023 introduces audiences to the program through videos and social media to explain the value of a Home Energy Evaluation. It encourages property owners to voluntarily submit their energy label for inclusion in the Home Energy Performance map. Submission campaigns will continue through 2023 and 2024.
Home Energy Performance Map – January 2024
The Performance Map will provide open and accessible home energy data for all residential properties throughout the city. It will combine submitted energy labels along with a modeled digital energy score for all residential buildings.
The digital energy score is calculated via historical energy consumption data and provides a valuable residential energy use intensity baseline without on-site testing.