New Home Construction


If you’re building a new home, we can help make it more energy efficient and comfortable.

For $99, a Certified Energy Advisor will review your building plans and provide you with customized recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your design – and reach the target you need to be eligible for incentives.

Depending on the efficiency of your new home, you could receive up to $2,000 in rebates. You can also get an EnerGuide rating that tells you (and future buyers) that your home knows how to save money.

For more info, email or call us toll free: 1-877-999-6035

Get Started

  • Before or within 30 days of receiving your building permit, call one of our efficiency partners to complete and submit an application.
  • They will complete your initial assessment and evaluate your building plans. A Certified Energy Advisor will be assigned to you or your builder and will make recommendations to incorporate energy efficiency technologies into your build. Efficiency Nova Scotia covers more than 80% of the cost of the assessment so it only costs you $99 + HST.
  • Build your home and have your Certified Energy Advisor conduct a follow up Energy Assessment within 12 months of your application approval date.
  • Either the homeowner or builder may register the home. The rebate will go to the homeowner, unless it has been assigned to the builder by the homeowner.



Think win-win-win. An energy efficient home is:

  • Less expensive to operate
  • More comfortable to live in
  • More environmentally friendly

Save your money: After reviewing your building plans, your Certified Energy Advisor works like a detective – searching for any opportunities to save money and energy. And depending on the level of efficiency of your home, you can receive up to $2,000 in incentives.

Stay comfortable: Integrating good design, a high performance building envelope, and energy efficient technologies into new construction can keep your house warmer and more comfortable in every room – for less money.

Save our environment: Because every kilowatt of electricity you use is up to 70% fossil fuel-based, any upgrade you make to your home is also an upgrade to our environment. In Nova Scotia, a plan for a more energy efficient home is a plan for fewer greenhouse gas emissions in our air.


We offer the $99 service, recommendations, and rebates to homes that are:



There are two rebates available, depending on the efficiency of your new home. You can pursue ENERGY STAR or R2000 certification, or have your home rated using the EnerGuide rating system. The certification or rating achieved will define your incentive:

  • $1,000 Rebate
    • ENERGY STAR, or
    • EnerGuide rating of 85-87
  • $2,000 Rebate
    • R2000, or
    • EnerGuide rating of >=88


Passive House Pilot


For a limited time, Efficiency Nova Scotia is offering increased incentives for individuals who are building to the Passive House standard.


Program Eligibility


What types of incentives are available?

Projects that meet minimum performance requirements will receive a rebate of $10,000. There are two ways to meet minimum performance requirements:

  1. Receive Passive House certification through PHI or PHIUS; or
  2. Using either PHPP or WUFI Passive, achieve a modeled annual heating energy intensity of 22.4 kWh/m2•year

Participants choosing option two must use a prescribed set of defaults when modeling in PHPP or WUFI passive. These defaults will be provided by Efficiency Nova Scotia to the Passive House consultant.


Getting Started

  1. Download a registration form here.
  2. Choose a Passive House consultant certified through either Passive House United States (PHIUS) or the international Passive House Institute (PHI). A list of consultants is summarized below.
  3. Complete and submit the Passive House Pilot registration form to
  4. Work with your Passive House consultant to complete a home design and energy model. The energy model must be submitted to within 6 weeks of registration


Name Email Phone
Stephen O’Leary (902) 818-1601
Lorrie Rand (902) 448-6873
Rebecca Peters (902) 492-1215
James Thomson (902) 488-0756
Phillip Dennis (902) 385-7445
Natalie Leonard (902) 475-1060


Certified Passive House Consultants do not work for Efficiency Nova Scotia. The individuals listed are independent consultants that are solely responsible for the performance and quality of their work. Efficiency Nova Scotia does not guarantee and is not responsible for any work performed by the consultants listed.


On-site verification

After the home is built, Efficiency Nova Scotia will perform a site-visit to confirm building details and air-tightness. All On-site verification services will be performed by ThermalWise. These services will be performed by an individual with certifications as a Passive House consultant and PHIUS+ rater.


Project Review

The final energy model is reviewed by Efficiency Nova Scotia for accuracy and to verify that the eligibility requirements were met. Upon successful review, the incentive is issued.


Space is limited. Please contact Efficiency Nova Scotia if you are interested in participating.


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