Novoclimat is a new home program available to consumers interested in buying a home with a high energy efficiency rating. In addition to improving the energy efficiency of buildings by a minimum of 25%, the Novoclimat program encourages the home construction industry to continually improve its building techniques. On a voluntary basis, contractors take training courses that lead to a Novoclimat certification. They receive technical support and the homes they build are inspected during the construction phase and, if they satisfy all applicable requirements, the homes are certified by the Agence de l’efficacité énergétique (AEE).
Please visit the Novoclimat website to learn more about the program.
Rénoclimat is a green energy renovation program for owners of single family, semi-detached or row houses. It includes an energy audit conducted both before and after your retrofit. An energy efficiency advisor performs an on-site energy rating of your home. The program also offers access to financial assistance. Before undertaking any work, ensure to contact Rénoclimat by calling the toll free number: 1 866 266-0008.
Please visit the Rénoclimat website to learn more about the program.
The HRTC will apply to eligible home renovation expenditures for work performed, or goods acquired, after January 27, 2009 and before February 1, 2010, pursuant to agreements entered into after January 27, 2009. The temporary nature of the credit will provide an immediate incentive for Canadians to undertake new renovations or accelerate planned projects.
Please visit the HRTC website to find out more about admissibility requirements.
For the 2009 taxation year, and in virtue of a home renovation and improvement agreement, you may be eligible to a refundable tax credit for expenditures. The credit is equal to 20% of admissible expenditures over $7,500. The ceiling for expenditures is $20, 000 and the maximum credit granted is $2,500.
Visit the Revenue Canada website for more information on procedures and conditions.
LEED Canada for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier and more comfortable for its occupants.
Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mould, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.
Visit the Canada Green Building Council website for more information on this program.