Building Energy Labelling Requirement
Most of us wouldn’t buy a car without knowing how much fuel it uses. Why not have the same information available for homes and other buildings?
The Province is considering an energy efficiency labelling requirement, allowing prospective buyers and tenants to:
- Compare the energy performance of buildings and homes,
- Understand the full costs of renting in cases where utilities are not included,
- Consider the value of investing in energy-efficiency improvements.
Under this proposal, buildings would undergo an assessment and be given an energy efficiency rating, which would be disclosed when the property was listed for sale or rent. A labelling requirement would also:
- Encourage owners to invest in energy efficiency, and
- Provide data that could be used to estimate the efficiency of existing buildings and support future program design.
This has been done successfully in other places. For example, in Scotland, there is a requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate to potential buyers or tenants whenever a property is built, sold or rented. In addition to providing information to consumers, the data supported the design of energy efficiency programs targeted to the greatest need.
- How valuable would energy labeling be in helping you understand energy use and utility costs in a home or building you might purchase or rent?
- How should that information best be presented to make it clear and consistent?
- Do you think there should be separate approaches for homes and large buildings?