Energy efficiency milestone in Western Canada
September 18, 2012
Swift Current, SK, has the distinction of being the site of the first home in western Canada built to the voluntary 2012 R-2000 Standard. Homes built to the 2012 R-2000 standard are to be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than homes built to the 2005 R-2000 standard. This new standard also includes measures to reduce water consumption and improve insulation and ventilation. All R-2000 homes are constructed by licensed and trained builders; evaluated, inspected and tested by independent, third-party inspectors; and certified by the Government of Canada. The new 2012 R-2000 Standard was published by Natural Resources Canada in February 2012 and all R-2000 builders have been following the new specifications as of July 2012.