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Qualistat Building Performance Consultants provide 9.36 Energy Code compliance permit documents using the performance compliance path.

This can be the most cost effective way to construct a new home under the 9.36 energy code. 

Qualistat has been performing energy evaluations for almost 10 years through NRCan (EnerGuide Program). We use the Hot 2000 software and follow Energuide modeling standards.
See 2014 ABC Part 9.36 for details or contact us for consultation.
We have a full team to perform energy compliance reports for permit.
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On November 1, 2016, the new, 2014 Alberta Building Code became mandatory. This code also uses the proposed and reference house comparison and if a new proposed house uses equal to or less than the same energy as the reference model, the house is deemed compliant. 
In 2016 the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) was upgraded to match the national building code energy calculations using a proposed house and reference house to determine the efficiency of new homes and existing homes. (the old 0-100 ERS system is being discontinued) 

The output is in gigajoules of annual energy consumed and the proposed house is compared to an internally generated reference house.  

This makes comparing a new house to an older home much easier.
There are 3 compliance paths

1. Prescriptive - with and without heat recovery
2. Simple trade off (only within the building envelope)
3. Performance - Energy model required
Qualistat produces performance reports across Alberta for multiple jurisdictions.

Builders performing EnerGuide ratings (ERS or Built Green) may be required by the local authority to produce an alternate code compliance path (i.e. City of Calgary) which will require additional modeling that meets their specific requirements. 

This is an extra cost for compliance when building in these locations, since you must meet both code compliance and EnerGuide standards. (originally the National code and EnerGuide were designed to be used together without the need for additional models)

Please note – code compliance is not necessarily a reflection of energy usage, but rather simply compliance to code required values.  EnerGuide ratings are much more stringent and produce more accurate representation of actual energy consumption as they use the Hot 2000 software to internally calculate annual usage.
Qualistat produces performance compliant 9.36 energy documents for building permit.

You will receive 4 standard documents when you have us produce an energy model.

1.9.36 Summary Form – which includes a site review list of nominal values of insulation (Code deals with Effective values)

2.9.36 FDWR Calcs – This form provides the fenestration window door to wall ratio calculation

3.Hot 2000 Full House report – PROPOSED House – This is a 20 plus page document that lists all the inputs used to model the proposed house – This musty show the proposed house uses equal to or less energy.

4.Hot 2000 Full House report – REFERENCE House – This is a 20 plus page document that has the 2014 9.36 Code prescriptive insulation value inputs used to model the reference house for a baseline code reference to compare the proposed house to.

Additionally, if required, Qualistat provides a 4 page drawing set (11X17) of insulation calculations (EMC 1- EMC 7 depending on if regular basement or walkout basement design) and codes and a 4 page drawing set ( 11X17) of air tightness details when choosing to build to the 2.5 Air change value. (Recommended) 

Energy Models are approximately $400 and take 7 business days to produce. 

To produce an accurate energy model, you must provide us with:

Blueprints – The insulation values in the blueprints MUST match the energy model. Please remove ALL insulation values that do not represent what you intend to build. – Qualistat will supply insulation calculation sheets with the models. 


Site (plot) plan with building area and direction house will face

Qualistat Energy Form checklist – downloadable here. This is a fillable PDF form that can be saved as a PDF file and uploaded to our website.​
We provide compliance reports for the New ALBERTA Energy Code
On November 1, 2016, the 2014 Alberta Building Code came into effect, which included a brand new section called 9.36, which deals with energy efficiency when building a new house. This code applies to all residential construction, including townhomes, duplexes and single family. It also applies to major renovations and additions.

The NECB (National Energy Code for Buildings) also came into effect at the same time and deals with commercially constructed buildings, and includes residential apartments. 
New code changes produce homes that are similar in energy consumption to the older EnerGuide 78 Rating - so adding heat recovery (HRV) to existing construction and insulation values generally provides compliance.

The building code has 11 parts
Part 3 deals with commercial
Part 9 deals with residential
Did you know?

Air tightness is the most inexpensive way to increase energy efficiency
Did you know?

A Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV improves indoor air quality, reduces sweating on windows and significantly reduces energy costs when combined with air tightness.
Did you know?

R-20 fiberglass batt are only R-19 in a 2X6 wood wall

The effective value is R-15.22 when studs are 16" apart and R-15.73 when 24" apart
Did you know?

In order of cost and reducing energy usage.

1. Air Tightness
2. Bsmt Insulation
3. HRV
4. Windows 
Did you know?

Homes that incorporate air tightness and a Heat Recovery Ventilator experience significantly lower moisture issues including attic rain
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