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 ZeroPath rebate for new homes

Our ZeroPath rebate rewards new homes that are:

  • constructed to be energy efficient; and
  • better than the current 2015 National Building Code standards.

Eligibility

The ZeroPath 60 rebate rewards applicants whose new home has an annual energy consumption that is 60% less than the same home built to the current 2015 National Building Code standards.

The ZeroPath 50 rebate rewards applicants whose new home has an annual energy consumption that is between 50% and 59% less than the same home built to the current 2015 National Building Code standards.

The annual energy consumption is based on the new home's heating and hot water energy consumption. Excluded from the calculation are:

  • electrical base-loads; and
  • renewable energy capacity you've installed.

Rebate amount

The ZeroPath 60 rebate is $10,000.

The ZeroPath 50 rebate is $5,000.

You can get an additional $1,500 when you install an air-source heat pump in your new home.

Apply for the rebate

  1. Contact a certified energy advisor and schedule an energy assessment of your construction plans. They will identify ways to meet 1 of the thermal energy targets.
  2. Build the home. If you're 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 thermal target. The advisor will provide you with an energy assessment report and an energy label for your home
  4. Fill out the application form.
  5. Attach the required document:
    • the energy assessment 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, Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Email: energy@yukon.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Energy branch (EMR-206)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
  7. You'll receive your rebate within 12 weeks.

Acheiving the thermal energy target

The thermal energy targets mean that homes must use 50% or 60% less of the heating and hot water energy as the same home built to the 2015 building code. This is a challenging but achievable goal. Ways to reduce thermal loads include:

  • positioning the home 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% 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% or 60% 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. Energy-efficient 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@yukon.ca or phone 867-393-7063.