Any home builder or renovator can enroll in the initiative if their new construction, or their extensive renovation to an existing building, requires a building permit and meets the additional criteria below:
- Eligible Houses: for newly-constructed dwellings, the buildings have to comply with Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code, which specifies:
- Three or fewer storeys,
- Area not exceeding 600m² and
- Classified as residential occupancies.
- Extensive Renovations: eligible renovation projects must also comply with Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code, as defined above, and must meet the following additional criteria:
- The existing interior walls, ceiling or floor assemblies within the renovated area of the existing building are substantially removed;
- New interior walls or floor assemblies are installed;
- One or more systems (which such as the framing, exterior cladding, roofing, windows, heating ventilation or air conditioning, foundation, flooring or plumbing systems) are replaced;
- The area under renovations has an area greater than 50 m2; and
- The renovation of the area results in it being unoccupiable for a minimum of 30 days;
- The renovated building is connected, or will be connected once the new construction project is installed, implemented or undertaken and completed, to the local hydro companies Distribution System.
- Ineligible Houses Include:
- Manufactured homes with a chassis,
- Residential buildings with four or more floors, or Homes with a footprint larger than 600m².