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NRCan's Validation of New Building Designs Service for new commercial and institutional buildings ended on March 31, 2011.

Since April 2007, this initiative validated 300 submissions with projected savings of over 1 million GigaJoules or 0.08 Mt of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to the emissions from taking 15,000 cars off the road).

Several of these building designs have subsequently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction building certifications.

Many utilities, governments and private sector organizations in Canada offer similar services. For more information, you can contact us.

Validation of New Building Designs

IMPORTANT NOTICE

January 28, 2011

What's New?

The Validation of New Building Designs Service has been successful in encouraging the design of energy efficient buildings and in the development of industry capacity to offer a similar service.

Since April 2007, we have validated 300 submissions with projected savings of over 1 million GigaJoules or 0.08 Mt of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to the emissions from taking 15,000 cars off the road). Many of these building designs have subsequently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction building certifications.

Given the current level of capacity to conduct building design validation in industry, the NRCan service will end on March 31, 2011. Complete submissions must be received by the deadline to be considered for validation.

Many utilities, governments and private sector organizations in Canada offer similar services. For more information, you can contact us.

As part of the ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) offers a free service that validates the energy performance level of your building design. Energy-efficient buildings are better for the environment with increased comfort, lower operating costs and higher resale values.

Eligible Projects

NRCan validates the designs of new buildings, building additions and major renovations in the commercial, institutional and government sectors. Eligible buildings also include multi-unit residential buildings with at least four storeys or a footprint of at least 600 square metres and a common entrance.

Benefits of Validation

  • You can obtain free modelling software from NRCan (EE4 and EE Wizard for Arenas) and up to eight hours of third-party technical support per project. Training on EE4 is also available.
  • You receive a detailed report, prepared by a third party, which documents the energy efficiency features of your building. The report certifies that the design meets all mandatory requirements of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) and is at least 25 percent more energy efficient than the MNECB reference building.
  • Your report can help you qualify for LEED® certification, meet local requirements and obtain financial incentives from utilities and other funding sources.

Key Steps

Step 1 Complete, sign and submit the Request for Validation form by fax at 613-947-0373 to receive an eco-Number for your project. If you can create a PDF or scan a signed copy, you can send the form by E-mail E-mail A. Request for Validation Form

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Step 2 Hire an experienced simulator to model your building design using NRCan’s simulation software. Your simulator can submit the Technical Assistance form to request support if needed. B. Technical Assistance Form

PDF(819kb)
Step 3 Send all the documents listed on the Submission Checklist, including the MNECB Checklist and the Outdoor Air Spreadsheet, to the following address:

Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
1 Observatory Crescent, Building #3
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0E4 (Mail)
Ottawa, ON  K1Y 4X2 (Courier)

NRCan and third-party evaluators will review the package and provide a validation report within eight weeks.
C. Submission Checklist

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D. MNECB Checklist

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Outdoor Air Spreadsheet