Energy Evaluations

Energy evaluations help people learn more about their options for saving energy. They are also often required to access funding from AEA.

Homeowners (existing and new homes)

An energy-efficient home is comfortable, healthy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective. An EnerGuide home energy evaluation can help you understand how your home uses energy now—and identify upgrades to help improve energy efficiency. An AEA Registered Energy Advisor will complete a full energy model based on the design and construction of your house, including all installed mechanical equipment, ventilation equipment and appliances, and provide a blower door air leakage test, while using infrared thermography to identify air leakage locations. The evaluation can be provided for both existing homes and for new home construction, and is undertaken according to the standards of Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide Rating System. The evaluation includes a report that outlines potential energy efficiency upgrades and their estimated savings, and funding potential.

The AEA receives program funding from the Government of the Northwest Territories to provide free advice on existing and new homes, and to subsidize the cost of home energy evaluations on existing homes.

Existing homes

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The AEA can provide free advice and EnerGuide home evaluations to help you make your home more energy efficient. The subsidized cost of a home evaluation is only $150 (+ GST).

New homes

The AEA provides free advice to help new home builders as they prepare their construction plans. This service helps builders by identifying ways to improve a home’s energy efficiency. Investments you make in energy efficiency during construction will pay off in lower energy bills for the life of a house. Be sure to contact us early in your house-design and construction-planning process.

Please contact us if you are looking for advice about your new construction.

We also provide home evaluation services for a fee to help you make even greater improvements to your home’s energy efficiency. (See the application form for the current fee structure.)

For Yellowknife residents: The City of Yellowknife requires all new homes started after June 25, 2018, to receive an energy evaluation using the current version of the EnerGuide Rating System, illustrating the total gigajoule (GJ) energy consumption of the house.

The City will require:

  1. A plan file evaluation (“P file” – as designed) as part of supporting documentation for building permit applications (foundations only or the whole building);
  2. A final evaluation (“N file” – as built) as part of the supporting documentation for occupancy;
  3. An EnerGuide label to be affixed in the home at the time of final building inspection along with any other supporting documentation, as required pursuant to the building by-law.

Application form for new-home energy evaluation

For residents outside of Yellowknife: The AEA provides all of the same new home construction services outlined above. Please contact us early in your construction planning process for free advice and to help us plan our travel for the mid-construction blower door test and/or the final on-site evaluation. When you have full construction plans finalized, please complete the application form.

The standard turnaround times for home energy evaluations are:

  • Existing homes: within two weeks of the date of the on-site evaluation.
  • New homes:
    • Plan file evaluation report (“P file” – as designed): within two weeks of the date we receive a completed application.
    • Mid-construction blower door test*: within three days of being notified by the builder that the house will be ready.
    • Final evaluation (“N file” – as built)*: within two weeks of the date of the on-site evaluation

* New homes outside of Yellowknife require advance scheduling.

Businesses (industrial/commercial/institutional services)

The operational heating and electrical requirements of Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial (ICI) Buildings can be significant. Energy audits can help identify energy major saving opportunities. There are four levels of energy audits of ICI Buildings, as per the Federal Building’s Initiative Audit Standards Guidelines.

The first step is a "yardstick" energy audit, which is a historical review of a facilities energy and water use. The yardstick will also compare a buildings energy intensity (MJ/m2) with similar northern buildings and new buildings built to the standard of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). The yardstick will determine if your building requires a more detailed audit and provide some general energy saving advice. Yardsticks are free, but the building owner/operator must submit the previous two years of fuel, electrical and water bills.

Application form for yardstick energy audit