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Are you a homebuyer interested in purchasing new home that is energy efficient? The NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION initiative is designed to encourage home builders and renovators to construct energy-efficient homes in Ontario.

Incentives are available through Waterloo North Hydro to home builders and renovators for the installation of energy-efficient measures in the home.

Program Updates

1. The preliminary application submission deadline is December 19th, 2018.

2. All projects must be completed by December 31st, 2020.

3. The deadline to submit all final applications & project documentation is March 31st, 2021.

Home builders and renovators can choose to implement Prescriptive, Performance-Based or Custom measures, or a combination of all three. Home owners who are managing their own renovation, and can provide proof of purchase for any equipment that is eligible for an incentive can also apply for the three different streams in the initiative.

1. Prescriptive Incentives

Pre-approved energy-efficient equipment earns standard, a la carte incentives.


Master switch


ENERGY STAR® certified central air conditioner (SEER 15 or higher)


ENERGY STAR® certified lighting


ENERGY STAR® certified indoor light fixtures


Lighting control products

2. Performance-based Measure Energy-Efficiency Incentives

The performance-based incentives for new homes are as follows:

$500 - A new home that achieves an EnerGuide 83 or 84 performance rating or new home that achieves ENERGY STAR certification (v12.3)

$1000 - A new home that achieves an EnerGuide 85 or better performance rating

3. Custom Measure Energy-Efficiency Incentives

This funding stream is exclusively for innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficiency building projects. Incentives for Custom measures are provided on a savings basis. Incentives are the greater of $800/kW for First Year Demand Savings, or $0.10/kWh for First Year Energy Savings, both of which are capped at 50 percent of the total Project Cost. For instructions on how to model the Custom measure to calculate the incentive, please click here.

Eligible measures must target space heating, space cooling, building envelope or water heating end uses, and must not meet eligibility requirements for Prescriptive or Performance-Based Incentives.

To determine if your Custom measure is eligible, please contact us at 519-886-5090

Custom Measure Modelling Instructions

Custom measures are required to be modelled using the Residential New Construction Resource Planning Tool. This exercise will provide the details to calculate the custom measure incentive.

Instructions on how to use the Resource Planning Tool can be found here.

If you require assistance with modelling your Custom measure, please contact your local electric utility.


How Do I Qualify for Incentives?

  1. Contact our service provider, Summerhill by email at or by phone at 416-922-2448 extension 303 for the forms you will need to receive incentives. They can also help guide you on filling out the forms.
  2. Before framing or structural work begins, complete and submit the Preliminary Application Project Worksheet for approval.*
  3. After you receive approval, complete construction.
  4. Complete and submit the Final Application Project Worksheet and Terms and Conditions and submit occupancy permits and all other required supporting documents.

*Home builders and renovators must obtain approval before framing/structural work begins (excluding the pouring of foundation)