The Novoclimat program requires insulation that surpasses the current standard. Complete insulation from the basement to the attic protects the structure better from cold and achieves superior energy performance at lower cost.
The walls and roof are built according to more efficient techniques, thereby enhancing airtightness. In addition to eliminating unpleasant drafts, the techniques prevent humidity from penetrating the walls and damaging your home. It is thus easier to heat and more comfortable.
To obtain better air quality and avoid health problems and humidity, it is essential to ensure controlled ventilation and draw fresh air into the main rooms. For this reason, the Novoclimat requirements focus, in particular, on the types of equipment selected and the installation of such equipment by professionals.
Only ENERGY STAR® certified heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are installed by Novoclimat certified ventilation professionals.
An efficient ventilation system expels excess humidity, odours and contaminants.
Whether you heat your home with electricity, natural gas or residual forest biomass, the Novoclimat program emphasizes the installation of efficient heating equipment offering a maximum of comfort. Only efficient equipment is accepted.
Only the use of ENERGY STAR certified doors and windows for the climatic zone in which they are installed is allowed under the Novoclimat program. The doors and windows are more airtight and efficient and are manufactured according the latest standards.
Like all future Novoclimat homeowners, you want to be sure that your construction choice will be an investment that pays off quickly.
We estimated the additional costs associated with building a new Novoclimat home compared to a similar one built in compliance with the Québec Construction Code currently in force. You can view the results here: Choosing a Novoclimat house: a profitable investment!.
- Novoclimat financial assistance granted by the MERN to the first owner of each new Novoclimat home offsets part of the additional construction costs. Other financial benefits are also possible.
- Additionally, thanks to the estimated 20% annual energy savings compared to a standard new home, the balance of the actual additional expenses can easily become cost effective in just a few years!
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