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Energuide Evaluation

Don’t Forget Your Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation

Energuide Evaluation
Energuide Evaluation

What is an EnerGuide evaluation?

An EnerGuide evaluation is an assessment of the energy efficiency of a home or building conducted by a certified energy advisor. The evaluation typically involves a detailed inspection of the building’s insulation, heating and cooling systems, windows and doors, and other energy consumption features.

During the evaluation, the energy advisor will collect data on the building’s energy use, identify areas where energy is wasted, and make recommendations for improvements that could increase the building’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impact.

The evaluation results in an EnerGuide rating, a standardized measure of the building’s energy performance on a scale of 0 to 100. A higher rating indicates better energy efficiency, and a lower rating indicates greater energy waste. The rating can help homeowners and building managers decide about energy upgrades and improvements.

EnerGuide Evaluation

Why would a homeowner choose to get an EnerGuide Evaluation?

There are several reasons why someone might choose to get an EnerGuide evaluation:

  1. To improve energy efficiency: An EnerGuide evaluation can help identify areas where energy is being wasted and provide recommendations for improvements that can increase energy efficiency and lower energy bills.
  2. To reduce environmental impact: By improving energy efficiency, a home or building can reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.
  3. To qualify for government rebates: In Canada, homeowners may be eligible for government rebates or tax credits for making energy-efficient upgrades. A pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation may be required to qualify for these incentives.
  4. To prepare for a home sale: If a homeowner plans to sell their home, an EnerGuide evaluation can provide a valuable marketing tool by demonstrating the home’s energy efficiency and potentially increasing its resale value.
  5. To meet building code requirements: In some regions, new homes and renovations are required to meet specific energy efficiency standards. An EnerGuide evaluation can help ensure compliance with these requirements.

Overall, an EnerGuide evaluation can provide valuable insights into a home or building’s energy performance and identify opportunities for energy savings and environmental stewardship.

What Tests Are Conducted during a pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation?

During an EnerGuide evaluation, a certified energy advisor typically performs various tests and inspections to assess the energy efficiency of a home or building. Some of the most common tests and inspections that may be included in an EnerGuide evaluation are:

  1. Blower door test: This test measures the airtightness of the building by depressurizing it and measuring the air infiltration rate. This helps identify leaks that can waste energy and affect indoor air quality.
  2. Infrared camera inspection: An infrared camera detects temperature variations and heat loss in the building envelope, such as gaps in insulation, air leaks, and moisture problems.
  3. Heating and cooling system inspection: The energy advisor will inspect the heating and cooling systems to assess their efficiency and identify any issues that may be causing energy waste.
  4. Window and door inspection: The energy advisor will inspect the windows and doors to check for air leaks, poor insulation, and other energy efficiency issues.
  5. Ventilation assessment: The energy advisor will check the ventilation system to ensure it is functioning properly and providing adequate indoor air quality.
  6. Lighting assessment: The energy advisor will check the lighting system to identify opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

Based on the results of these tests and inspections, the energy advisor will provide a report outlining recommended energy upgrades and improvements and an EnerGuide rating that indicates the building’s energy performance on a standardized scale.

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