The Residential New Home Construction program provides funding for home builders and renovators to make their projects more energy efficient, right from the start.
There are three kinds of incentives: prescriptive, performance-based and custom. Whatever project ideas you have to make your build as energy efficient as possible, the Residential New Home Construction program can help you save on costs.
The three kinds of incentives are:
Prescriptive incentives are available to home builders and renovators for a range of defined electricity-saving projects inside a home. The dollar amount attached to each measure are provided in the table below:
|Prescriptive measure||Description||Prescriptive incentive|
|All-off switch||Master switch that controls multiple electrical sockets in multiple locations in a home (hard-wired)||$50|
|ENERGY STAR®-certified central air conditioner||Minimum 15 SEER and 12.5 EER as identified by the IESO*||$30|
|Lighting control products||Hard-wired indoor and outdoor timers and motion sensors
Hard-wired dimmer switches
|ENERGY STAR®-certified niche lighting||ENERGY STAR®-certified recessed lighting – must have GU24 replacement
ENERGY STAR®-certified under-the-counter lighting
ENERGY STAR®-certified LED lighting
|ENERGY STAR®-certified indoor light fixtures (hard-wired)||
One or two sockets
Three or more sockets
The performance-based incentives for new homes are as follows:
This funding stream is exclusively for innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficient new building projects that do not qualify under either the prescriptive or performance-based funding streams. Incentives for custom measures are provided on a savings basis.
Incentives are the greater of $800/kW for the first-year demand savings, or $0.10/kWh for first-year energy savings. The total dollar amounts available for custom measure incentives is capped at 50 per cent of the total project cost.
Custom measures need to meet the following criteria:
To determine if your custom measure is eligible, please contact your local hydro company.
Custom measures must be modeled using the Residential New Construction Resource Planning Tool. This exercise will provide the details to calculate the custom measure incentive.
Any home builder or renovator can enroll in the initiative if their new construction, or their extensive renovation to an existing building, requires a building permit and meets the additional criteria below.
Newly constructed dwellings must comply with Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code, which specifies:
Renovation projects must also comply with Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code, as defined above, and must meet the following additional criteria:
Ineligible houses include:
To get started with the Residential New Home Construction program, contact the local hydro company which services the building site. A representative will provide the worksheets and documents and help with your application.Step 2:
Complete the Preliminary Application Project Worksheet and submit it to your local hydro company. The deadline to submit Preliminary Applications is December 19, 2018.
Home builders and renovators must obtain pre-approval from their participating local hydro company prior to framing or commencement of any structural work other than the pouring of a foundation.
Receive your approval to proceed from your local hydro company.Step 4:
Complete construction.Step 5:
Complete the Final Application Project Worksheet and Terms and Conditions, and submit it with supporting documentation to the local hydro company.
Enter your postal code below to find out who to contact to apply for the Residential New Home Construction program.Note that some postal code areas are served by more than one hydro company.
Please note that this overview is intended to give you an easy-to-understand guide to the program but may not be complete. Please ensure that you meet all of the eligibility and participation requirements. If you have any questions, please contact your local hydro company.