An Important Consideration for Anyone Planning to Build a New Home

Energy Efficiency has always been an important consideration when building your new custom home. Energy costs are higher than ever before and will most likely continue to increase.

The Energuide Program will provide you with an Energuide Rating (ER) for your new home (similar to the stickers you get on a new appliance).  This program works in conjunction with R2000 and there are rebates available based on the ER of your new home.

What does this sticker tell you?  It is an estimate of the energy (oil,electricity and natural gas) that you can expect to consume each year. The higher your ER number, the more energy efficient your home is. An ER rating of 83 offers a rebate of $3,000.00, ER 85 is $5,000.00 and ER 88 or higher is $7,000.00. Most R2000 homes have an ER rating of 83-88.

More information on the Energuide Rating System.

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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