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Energy evaluations help people learn more about their options for saving energy. Some AEA rebate programs also require a home energy evaluation – please see individual program guidelines for more details.

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

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 as follows:

  • Single family house: $150 + GST
  • House with one secondary suite: $250 + GST
  • House with two secondary suites: $350 + GST

The standard turnaround time for the evaluation of an existing home is two weeks from the date of the on-site evaluation.

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 energy consumption of the house, measured in gigajoules (GJ).

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.

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 evaluations of new homes are:

  • 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.

How to Register

Register Online – Existing Homes

Please provide as much information as possible. In smaller communities, your house may not have a street address - please use the lot and plan number.
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Examples include a wood stove or pellet stove.

Register Online – New Homes

The City of Yellowknife requires all new home construction started after June 25, 2018, to have an energy evaluation completed using the current version of the EnerGuide Rating System, illustrating the total energy consumption of the house in gigajoules (GJ). 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.

Plan File Evaluation

A plan file evaluation includes the energy modeling of your construction plans, with a report optimizing the design for energy efficiency. The evaluation will be conducted based on a completed New House Evaluation Application submission, which includes both pages of this application and the following required information:

  • elevation drawings
  • floor plans
  • window/door schedules
  • stamped foundation drawing
  • wall, attic, foundation assemblies
  • make/model/ENERGY STAR® information for appliances, windows, doors and mechanical/ventilation equipment

Pre-Drywall Blower Door Testing

The AEA provides complimentary pre-drywall air leakage testing to identify unintentional air leaks in the house, so the builder can eliminate the source of the air leaks before the drywall is installed. The building envelope, including windows, doors, and the vapour barrier must be complete for this test.

Final Evaluation

The final evaluation includes a site visit to the house to confirm the “as-constructed” design of the house, completion of the EnerGuide software modelling and the issuance of the EnerGuide label. The house must have all mechanical/ventilation equipment, plumbing fixtures & appliances installed, and be ready for final inspection by the City.

Fees for New Home Evaluations

Plan Evaluation
  • Manufactured homes: $350 + GST
  • Non-manufactured homes up to 2,000 sq. ft.: $550 + GST
  • Non-manufactured homes over 2,000 sq. ft: $750 + GST

Square footage includes the total living space of all floors including heated foundations more than 4 ft. high.

Pre-Drywall Blower Door Testing
  • No fee (free service)
Final Evaluation
  • All houses: $550 + GST
  • Secondary suite fee: $100 + GST (charged per suite)
  • Change fee: $250 (will be applied for design changes, that affect total heated floor area and/or the heated volume of the house, implemented after the plan file evaluation report has been issued)

Please contact the AEA for multi-unit residential buildings (MURB) pricing.

Pricing is subject to change. Applicants will be invoiced once the evaluation is complete. Full payment is required to obtain the report and label.

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Home Energy Evaluation Registration (New Homes)