Apply for a rebate for super-insulated new homes

You could get a $10,000 rebate when you build a home that uses 50% less thermal energy than one built to the 2015 National Building Code.

Apply for the rebate

  1. Contact a certified energy advisor and schedule a plan construction upgrade service. They will identify ways to meet the 50% thermal energy target.
  2. Build the home.
  3. Schedule a return visit with the advisor to confirm that the final build meets the target. The advisor will provide you with a thermal energy report and an energy label for your home
  4. Fill out the new home rebate application.
    Attach:
    • thermal target report provided by the energy advisor; and
    • occupancy permit.
  5. Submit your rebate package to the Energy Branch.
    In person: 206A Lowe Street (across from Riverside Grocery), Whitehorse, Yukon. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Email: energy@gov.yk.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Energy branch (EMR-206)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

50% thermal energy target

The 50% thermal energy target means the home must use half the heating and hot water energy as the same home built to the current building code. This is a challenging but achievable goal. Ways to reduce thermal loads include:

  • adjusting siting to maximize solar gains;
  • increasing insulation levels;
  • achieving very air-tight building envelope;
  • upgrading, relocating or reducing windows; and
  • installing a drain-water heat recovery.

What will it cost?

The cost to achieve the 50% thermal energy target are incremental and in most cases will be offset by the energy cost savings of the home over time. Incremental costs may include:

  • updating build plans to include 50% thermal energy target;
  • material costs associated with additional insulation if needed; and
  • labour costs of additional insulation installation and detailing.

Incremental costs will be unique to each home. We recommend getting multiple quotes and following this guide to hiring a contractor for the construction of a new home.

What will I save?

The money you save in heating a super-insulated home will cover the incremental costs of building it. Super-insulated homes also tend to be more comfortable and quieter than standard homes.

Contact the Energy Branch to arrange a time to discuss your potential cost savings. Email us at energy@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-393-7063.