Canada Greener Homes Grant: Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows

Window | May 28, 2021
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The Canada Greener Homes Grant: Make Green Improvements to Your Home

The Canadian federal government has officially launched a new program to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce their carbon footprint and contribute towards Canada’s broader green energy goals. They have called it the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Canadian homeowners are able to apply now!

What is the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

The program will provide eligible homeowners with grants of up to $5,000 to pay for home upgrades that will improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Additionally, it will provide eligible homeowners with up to $600 for home energy evaluations to help them plan their retrofits. Overall, the program is worth $2.6 billion over seven years.

Following ensuring that they meet the eligibility criteria and registration, the process begins with a pre-retrofit home evaluation by a registered energy advisor.

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BROWSE THIS CONTENT:

  1. Who is eligible for the Greener Homes Grant?
  2. What are the requirements of the Greener Homes Grant?
  3. Following my retrofit, how does the reimbursement work?
  4. Replacing Your Windows With the Canada Greener Homes Grant
  5. How to Install Premium, Innovative, Highly-Efficient Replacement Windows in the GTA

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Who is eligible for the Greener Homes Grant?

All homeowners in Canada are eligible to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, provided they can show:

  • Valid proof of ownership of the residence
  • That the property is their primary residence

Types of residences that are eligible:

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • All-season cottages
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only)
  • Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)

For notes, additional requirements, and exclusions, click here.

What are the requirements of the Greener Homes Grant?

There are three requirements that are expected of homeowners who aim to take advantage of the Greener Homes Grant.

  1. A pre-and post-retrofit home energy evaluation by a certified EnerGuide representative
  2. Complete at least one eligible home energy retrofit that was recommended during the pre-retrofit evaluation
  3. Retain and provide all copies of the relevant documents until March 31, 2028

Additionally, all products must be purchased in Canada.

For all the details, click here.

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Following my retrofit, how does the reimbursement work?

After the completion of their eligible home energy retrofit, homeowners can:

  • Seek reimbursement of up to $5,000 for the completion of a home energy improvement project, retroactive December 1st, 2020.
  • Seek reimbursement of up to $600 for the cost of the pre- and post-retrofit home energy evaluation, retroactive to December 1st, 2020.

It’s important to note that homeowners will not receive reimbursement for their home energy evaluations unless they complete the Green Homes Grant process.

For all the details, click here.

Replacing Your Windows With the Canada Greener Homes Grant

Replacing your windows is an excellent way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Through the Greener Homes Grant, Homeowners are eligible for a $5000 reimbursement for window and sliding glass door replacements. However, there are key eligibility requirements to meet.

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada; online purchases must be ordered from a Canadian distributor
  • The ENERGY STAR® label must remain on your windows until after the post-retrofit evaluation.
  • The program favours total window and frame replacements; while inserting a new window unit into an existing frame is eligible under the terms and conditions of the Greener Homes Grant, replacing only the glass, sash, or door without a frame is not.
  • The Greener Homes Grant will cover a maximum of $250 per rough opening, up to a total of $5000.

Windows and door products are only eligible if they fall into these categories: 

ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient Window and Sliding Door Units:
$250 will be covered per rough opening
Must have a U-factor of 1.05 or less OR an Energy Rating ≥ 40

ENERGY STAR® Certified Window and Sliding Door Units:
$125 will be covered per rough opening
Must have a U-factor of 1.22 or less OR an Energy Rating ≥ 34

ENERGY STAR® Certified Hinged Doors With or Without Sidelites or Transoms:
$125 will be covered per rough opening
Must have a U-factor of 1.22 or less OR an Energy Rating ≥ 34

For more information on U-factor and other key energy-efficiency metrics for windows, click here.

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We Install Premium, Innovative, Highly-Efficient Replacement Windows in the GTA

When you go with Magic, you’re choosing an industry leader who has specialized in the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of energy-efficient replacement windows for over 40 years. Our highly innovative window and door units are certified by third-party organizations like the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) — an authoritative, industry-specific body that evaluates windows according to standardized ratings.

You can find our NFRC ratings by visiting their directory and searching “CTW”.

If you’re looking for more information on the key features of energy-efficient windows, consult our blog post A Guide to Purchasing Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows in Toronto, or continue reading!

You can also book a free consultation with one of our representatives. They will walk you through the window replacement process, as well as explain the key features behind our energy-efficient units and how they are an ideal way to take advantage of the Greener Homes Grant Program.

Window-related heat loss is costing you more than you think.

Outside of contributing to broader green energy initiatives, home energy improvements can help homeowners save on utility bills. Homeowners should feel confident that their windows are energy-efficient, sealed, and airtight all year round. Ageing, faulty, leaky, improperly sealed windows can be a major source of unnecessary heat loss, high home energy consumption, and cold drafts and can be subject to condensation problems. In fact, windows can account for up to 25 percent of the total heat loss for a home.1

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We design energy-efficient windows that work for your home

Glass formulation is essential in the manufacturing of energy-efficient windows. Most window manufacturers purchase their Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) directly from suppliers. Magic is unique in the sense that we do not purchase our IGUs. From glass types and glazings to gas fills and coatings, we formulate our own glass packages and customize them to suit your specific preferences, climate, and home’s construction.

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We formulate our windows to address specific efficiency metrics and performance factors

A window’s energy efficiency is gauged according to specific metrics. Here’s how the features in our windows address these metrics and keep your home operating efficiently.

U-Factor & Gas Fills

U-factor determines the rate at which heat escapes through a window. The lower the U-factor number is, the better the window is at mitigating heat loss.

Gas Fills: To aid in the creation of an insulated glass unit (IGU), Manufacturers fill the space between the glass units with krypton, argon or xenon gas. These heavier, noble gases are preferable to filling the unit with air because they can better impede the transfer of heat through a window.

Most IGUs on the market are separated by ½ – ¾ of an inch. Due to our innovative approach to window hardware design, we are able to extend that space to a full inch. This means we can fill our IGUs with 25%-50% more gas. More gas leads to more effective insulation.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) & Low-Emissivity (Low-E) Coating

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient determines how well a window can resist heat gain. The lower the number, the less heat enters via the window. SHGC ranges between 0 and 1 and windows are generally between 0.25 and 0.8.

Low Emissivity (Low-E) Coating: In order to improve SHGC, energy-efficient windows come equipped with Low-E (Low Emissivity) coating. This transparent, incredibly thin coating helps the window reflect the radiant heat emitted by objects inside the home (such as an HVAC unit) back into the home. This helps reduce heat loss during the colder months. It also helps the window reflect unwanted solar heat, allowing homes to cool more efficiently in warmer temperatures.

We are able to customize Low-E coatings to ensure that homeowners get the performance they need. In Southern Ontario, where the weather changes drastically from hot to cold over the year, a balanced Low-E formula such as the ClimaGuard 70/36 is best. It’s designed to allow you to take advantage of the sun’s heat in the winter, while not having it be overwhelming in the summer months.

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Air Leakage & Warm Edge Spacers

Air leakage infiltration measures the amount of airflow into the building via the window and exfiltration is the flow of air out of the building.

Warm Edge Spacers: These insulate the edges of the window, keeping the panes firmly separated. This airtight seal protects against Air Leakage and condensation forming inside the panes and heat loss to help a window unit stay energy-efficient over the long term. These spacers add structural stability and mitigate the stress that comes with thermal expansion and contraction in different weather conditions.

Our energy-efficient windows also deliver on strength and durability

Magic began as a manufacturer of aluminum windows. As such, we understand and have an appreciation for the structural advantages of these frames. But as we now know, aluminum is not an energy-efficient material. Our solution was to combine the superior strength and durability of aluminum and galvanized steel, with the energy efficiency and welded corners of vinyl frames. In doing so, we opted for more strength, more durability, and more energy efficiency.

What you get with Hybrid Fusion Frames:

  1. A rock-solid frame constructed from anodized aluminum and galvanized steel
  2. An outer layer of highly efficient, corner-welded U-PVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride)
  3. The long-lasting strength and support of steel and aluminum
  4. A durable and efficient vinyl surface that won’t expand and contract
  5. A stylish, ultra-slim profile that places visual emphasis on the window’s glass
  6. A cost-effective, high-performance window frame material that we guarantee will last 40 years or more

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Window replacement is a great way to take advantage of the Canada Greener Homes Grant

To learn more about how our replacement windows can improve your home’s energy efficiency, book a free, no-hassle consultation today. One of our certified project managers will help to explain the innovative design features that set our windows apart.

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Sources:

1. nrcan.gc.ca

 

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