Deadline extended

Due to building constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we extended the deadline for the rebate program for new homes built in 2019‒20. Find information about COVID-19.

Apply for a rebate for super-insulated new homes

You could get a $10,000 rebate if you build a home that uses 60 per cent less thermal energy than a home built to the 2015 National Building Code. If your new home uses 50 to 59 per cent less, you could get a $5,000 rebate.

You can get an additional $1,500 when you install an air-source heat pump in your new home. See the heat pump section below for details.

Deadline extended to qualify under previous program

Prior to April 1, 2020, new homes that use 50 per cent less thermal energy than National Building Code (2015) specifications were eligible for a $10,000 rebate.

Homes with an occupancy permit dated before April 1, 2020, still qualify under the previous rebate program.

You can also qualify under the previous rebate criteria if you meet both specifications:

  • you received a plan energy assessment by a certified energy advisor before June 1, 2019; and
  • your occupancy permit date is before December 31, 2020.

This new occupancy permit deadline reflects the personnel and material supply constraints builders are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Otherwise, if you do not meet both specifications above and your occupancy permit date is on or after April 1, 2020, you will be evaluated according to the new rebate terms.

Heat pumps in new homes

Heat pumps are an efficient way to heat a well-insulated new home. The can also help you meet the thermal energy target. We offer a top-up on the super-insulated new homes rebate to better reflect the higher costs of installing these systems.

Eligible systems

  • An air-source heat pump that's listed for cold climate by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships.
  • An air-source heat pump with a heating season performance standard the equals or exceeds:
    • 9 or better for ducted systems; or
    • 10 or better for non-ducted systems. These systems are also known as minisplits.

Rebate amount

$1,500

Apply for the rebate

  1. Contact a certified energy advisor and schedule a plan construction upgrade service. They will identify ways to meet 1 of the thermal energy targets.
  2. Build the home. If you are applying for the heat pump rebate, install a qualified air-source heat pump.
  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.
  5. Include:
    • the thermal target report provided by the energy advisor; and
    • your occupancy permit.
  6. Submit your rebate package to the Energy Branch.
    In person: Energy Solutions Centre at 206A Lowe Street (across from Riverside Grocery), Whitehorse, Yukon. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 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

Thermal energy target

The thermal energy targets mean that homes must use 50 per cent or 60 per cent less of 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 a very air-tight building envelope;
  • upgrading, relocating or reducing windows;
  • installing a heat pump; or
  • installing a drain-water heat recovery.

What will it cost?

The cost to achieve the 50 per cent 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 per cent 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.