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Development of the Next Generation R-2000 Standard

Public Review of the Proposed R-2000 Standard

Meetings

R-2000 Standard Renewal Committee Terms of Reference (excerpt)

R-2000 Standard Renewal Committee Members

Observers

Public Review of the Proposed R-2000 Standard

The public review period for the proposed new R-2000 Standard, developed by the R-2000 Renewal Committee, has closed. It was open to public review from September 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011.

Meetings

The twelfth Committee meeting took place on July 20, 2011.

The eleventh Committee meeting took place on March 31, 2011

The tenth Committee meeting took place on March 22, 2011

The ninth Committee meeting took place on March 21, 2011

The eighth Committee meeting took place on March 16, 2011

The seventh Committee meeting took place on January 27, 2011

The sixth Committee meeting took place on October 18, 2011

The fifth Committee meeting took place on September 23-24, 2010.

The fourth Committee meeting took place on July 5, 2010.

The third Committee meeting took place on June 28, 2010.

The second Committee meeting took place on March 17-18, 2010.

The first Committee meeting took place on December 10-12, 2009.

R-2000 Standard Renewal: Committee Terms of Reference (excerpt)

Vision Statement for the R-2000 Standard Renewal

The vision for the renewal of the R-2000 Standard is to provide the home building industry and consumers with a technical standard that represents the leading edge of commercially-viable new home construction, based on available and proven technology, products, materials and building techniques.

Parameters for the R-2000 Standard Renewal

The level of overall energy and environmental performance must be set high enough to motivate new home builders to deliver the desirable range of innovation and to keep the Standard positioned as Canada’s best in class energy efficient label. The following parameters must be adhered to by the Committee:

  1. The level of overall energy and environmental performance must not be so high as to make the Standard commercially unviable or to require the use of unproven or not readily available methods or technologies.
  2. The energy target (i.e., space and water heating) must be at least 40% greater than the current R-2000 target.
  3. Emphasis should be put on the structure of the house by specifying minimum requirements for the building envelope.
  4. The new standard must have the ability to account for air conditioning.
  5. Electrical loads (eg. lighting, appliances) must be taken into account.
  6. The new standard must have the ability to account for renewable energy systems.
  7. “Solar Ready”1 specifications must be taken into account.
  8. Homes must have installed an HVI-certified, balanced ventilation system with heat recovery.
  9. There shall be no deterioration of indoor air quality resulting from appliance combustion spillage.
  10. Incremental cost is an important consideration but should not be a limiting factor to change.

Scope of the R-2000 Standard Renewal

The R-2000 Standard Renewal will focus on the Technical Standard itself. The Standard will apply to residential buildings covered under Part 9 (low-rise, detached, semi-detached and row houses) or under Part 2 (for mobile homes on a permanent foundation only) of the National Building Code of Canada that do not share heated areas, ventilation systems or heating systems with other dwelling units. The Standard will also apply to low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBS), provided that they meet the requirements of the R-2000 Compliance Procedures for Multi-Unit Buildings.

Committee Mandate

The mandate of the R-2000 Standard Renewal Committee is to develop and approve the content of the R-2000 Standard. NRCan will retain ownership of the Standard and will be responsible for the implementation of the Standard and for the administrative procedures for applying the Standard.

Committee Composition

The Committee should consist of 15 to 20 voting members created using a balanced matrix approach. It will be structured to capitalize on the combined strengths and expertise of its members, and be regionally representative.

NRCan will provide the Committee Secretary.

Overview of Committee meetings:

It is anticipated that there will be five Committee meetings for the R-2000 Standard Renewal, ending in Spring 2011.

In addition to the above, a series of meetings will also be required to update the R-2000 Multi-Unit Evaluation Guidelines and Technical Requirements document. These meetings will take place subsequent to the R-2000 Standard process. It is estimated that the MURBs process will be completed within 6 months of the completion of the R-2000 Standard.

R-2000 Standard Renewal Committee Members

Suzanne Bona – Chair
Scotian Homes

Matthew Sachs – Vice Chair
Urbandale Construction

Francis Belle
FM Residential Design & Consulting

Salvatore Ciarlo
Owens Corning

Bob Clarke
R. CLARKE Designs Ltd.

William Crist
Sol-Tech

John Harris
DSG Home Inspections

Richard Kadulski
Richard Kadulski Architect

Peter Kidd
Manitoba Hydro

Wilma Leung
WISA Healthy Homes

Rob McMonagle
City of Toronto

Jack Parsons
K & P Contracting

Ryan Scott
Avalon Home Builders

Louis-Philippe Thibault
Agence de l'efficacité énergétique

Wayne Wilkinson
Wayne Wilkinson Consulting

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

Don Johnston
Canadian Home Builders Association

Mihailo Mihailovic
National Research Council

Remi Charron
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Leslie-Ann Robertson – Secretary
Natural Resources Canada

Anil Parekh – Technical Advisor
Natural Resources Canada

Debra Haltrecht – Policy Advisor and Manager of the Renewal Process
Natural Resources Canada

Observers

Observers are non-voting individuals and representatives of organizations who are on the information distribution list, invited to submit comments at all stages, invited to attend open committee meetings, and may participate in meeting discussions as time permits and at the discretion of the Chair*. If an observer elects to attend a committee meeting, they must notify the secretary at least two weeks prior to the meeting to determine whether their presence can be accommodated. Observers must indicate whether they will attend the meeting in person or by phone, in cases where teleconferencing is available.


1 As per NRCan’s specifications, found at: www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/business/new-homes/solar-builder.cfm