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ENERGY STAR® Multifamily High-Rise Pilot Program

The ENERGY STAR® Multifamily High-Rise Pilot Program for new construction is a five-year certification program in Ontario that recognizes buildings that are at least 15% more energy-efficient than those built to the provincial energy code and meet other program requirements.

Learn more about the pilot program. Are you:

  1. a municipal planner or developer ?
  2. an occupant?
  3. the owner of a new building?
  4. interested in becoming a licensed builder?
  5. a licensed professional interested in participating?

Building better communities

Together we are working to reduce consumers’ energy costs, contribute to Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and create healthy communities. This program is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate ongoing commitment to transitioning the new construction market towards the development of high quality energy efficient buildings.

Contact the program’s licensed service organization for further information on how the ENERGY STAR certification can contribute to sustainable development in your community.

Watch this video to find out more


Meet Stéphane, a builder who just completed an ENERGY STAR® Certified Multifamily High-Rise building. And meet Mrs. COOK and the Morales family, who are both owners of new condos in Stéphane’s building. The five - year ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Pilot Program for new construction is a certification program that recognizes Ontario buildings that meet specific program requirements and are designed to be at least 15% more energy–efficient than those built to meet the building energy code. Because their condos are in an ENERGY STAR certified building, Mrs. Cook and the Morales family enjoy better energy efficiency, save money and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. And for builders like Stéphane, this means higher performance standards and property values.

ENERGY STAR. Live comfortably while saving energy and protecting the environment.

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What are the benefits to occupants and owners?

As an occupant

ENERGY STAR certified buildings are simply more comfortable and provide better indoor living. For example, there are fewer drafts due to better air sealing and high performance windows. Properly-sized HVAC systems ensure effective heating, cooling and ventilation in all parts of the living space.

Unit owners can enjoy higher resale values when they sell their units.

As a building owner

Being more energy-efficient can lead to financial savings now and in the future. ENERGY STAR certified buildings can be counted on to deliver what is claimed because they have been tested and verified by qualified professionals according to program standards.

ENERGY STAR Certification could increase building value and generate more income when compared to similar buildings. It can help lower operating costs and increase rental value and occupancy rates.

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A traditional building can generate large amounts of greenhouse gases.

That’s why the Morales family decided to move into an ENERGY STAR® certified condo building.

They benefit from high energy efficiency, year-round comfort and peace of mind because the condo building has been certified by qualified professionals.

The family can also benefit from lower energy costs and a higher resale value, all the while helping to protect the environment.

ENERGY STAR. Live comfortably while saving energy and protecting the environment.

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Let us tell you about the features

The more ENERGY STAR certified buildings there are, the greater the overall benefits to Canadians. Their designs have features that can lead to asset longevity, thereby saving material and costly repairs. They create healthy neighbourhoods for Canadians to live in.

Typical features of an ENERGY STAR certified building:

  • high performing windows and better insulation that improve occupant comfort
  • improved air tightness that reduces drafts and exterior noise
  • an efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to reduce indoor pollutants, control humidity, and provide a healthier indoor environment
  • ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances that use less energy

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Mrs. Cook is the owner of a condo in an ENERGY STAR® certified building.

She benefits from features such as improved air tightness, which reduces drafts and exterior noise.

High–performance windows and better insulation, which helps to maintain a comfortable indoor environment; and a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system that ensures a consistent temperature, controlled humidity and better air quality with fewer indoor pollutants.

Thanks to ENERGY STAR certification, Mrs. Cook is nice and cozy and saves money by reducing her electricity and natural gas consumption.

ENERGY STAR. Live comfortably while saving energy and protecting the environment.

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Interested in becoming a licensed builder?

ENERGY STAR is a trusted brand in Canada and a voluntary industry-government collaboration that is transforming the way Canadians use energy.

Benefits to you as a builder:

  • ENERGY STAR is widely recognized, which makes it a significant marketing opportunity for builders of Multifamily High Rise certified buildings.
  • Builders have access to expertise in building science, training, and ongoing support as you build so that the result is an ENERGY STAR certified building.

Only builders who have been licensed by the Government of Canada can promote themselves as ENERGY STAR builders and can apply to have their buildings ENERGY STAR certified.

I want to have my construction project certified


Stéphane constructs ENERGY STAR® certified buildings. The ENERGY STAR initiative is an innovative collaboration between industry and government.

When building ENERGY STAR certified Multifamily High Rise buildings, Stéphane benefits from training as well as ongoing technical support.

The ENERGY STAR certification can allow him to increase potential revenues from his building and improve the quality of the building and the comfort of its residents.

ENERGY STAR. Live comfortably while saving energy and protecting the environment.

To learn more visit

A message from the Government of Canada.

As a Licensed Professional

Did you know that newly constructed multifamily high-rise buildings can earn ENERGY STAR certification in Ontario?

A building designed to meet ENERGY STAR® certification requirements will deliver the benefits modelled in the design, along with the established ENERGY STAR® brand.

Interested in participating?

You must be a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in good standing and possess a current license. You should also have:

  • A license in a discipline related to residential and/or commercial building systems (e.g. mechanical engineering or commercial/residential architecture).
  • Working knowledge of building systems, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, ASHRAE Standard 62.1, and ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

Build a better city with ENERGY STAR and register for training now!

You can contact the program’s licensed service organization for further information on how you can work with them to construct a better quality building or explore their training offerings.

Learn more about energy efficiency in your home

A variety of ENERGY STAR certified products such as lighting, appliances, or air conditioners save you money by using less energy:

For more information about our programs for existing buildings, visit Energy efficiency in existing buildings, or any further inquiries email

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.

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