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R-2000 Energy-Efficiency Standard gets a facelift


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February 16, 2012

The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State and MP for Carleton–Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Ron Olson, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, launched the new 2012 R-2000 Standard today.
The standard includes measures to reduce water consumption and improve insulation and ventilation. Homes built to this standard will be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than homes built to the 2005 R-2000 standard.
Over the past 30 years, R-2000 has been key to encouraging, recognizing and supporting innovation in energy efficiency for residential housing. 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 Canadian Home Builders’ Association has been an active participant in the delivery of the R-2000 initiative since its inception. The launch took place in Ottawa at Canada’s first home built to the new standard, unveiled by Urbandale Construction.
The 2012 R-2000 Standard was published by Natural Resources Canada (NRC) in February 2012, and all R-2000 builders will follow the new specifications as of July 2012. The demonstration home at 80 Equestrian in Bridlewood will be open to the public for viewings from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


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