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Program Guidelines

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Eligibility

To be eligible to receive rebates, Participants must be registered either:

  • before the building permit date of issuance (preferred option); or
  • at a maximum, within 30 days of the building permit date of issuance.

Either builders or homebuyers (defined in this program as people having homes built) can participate in the program; builders must sign and agree to a Builder Agreement to participate in the New Home Energy Savings Program. A Builder Agreement only needs to be signed once. Contact NB Power to learn more about Builder Agreements.

Buildings eligible for incentives:

  • Must be located in New Brunswick; and
  • must be a home as defined below:
    • Homes can be detached (single family), semi-detached, or individual units of row housing. To qualify, semi-detached or row housing units must have party walls that extend from slab to attic and have separate heating and ventilation systems. Buildings with common areas or shared basements are not eligible. See Appendix C in the Program Guidelines for examples of housing configurations, and
    • Be a residential property as defined under Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. Such properties would be no more than three (3) stories high and having a footprint of not more than 600 m2 (6,458 ft2), or
    • Be a manufactured or mobile dwelling on a permanent foundation (as defined under Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada 2010).
  • and must have an electric primary heating system:
    • A house with any kind of central heat pump, regardless of space heaters like wood/pellet/gas/oil/propane stoves or
      fireplaces.
    • A house with a central heat pump using any fuel as the backup (a furnace heat pump add on fits this description), regardless of space heaters like wood/pellet/gas/oil/propane stoves or fireplaces.
    • A house with in floor heating provided by an electric boiler, regardless of space heaters like wood/pellet/gas/oil/propane stoves or fireplaces.
    • A house with an electric furnace, regardless of space heaters like wood/pellet/gas/oil/propane stoves or fireplaces.

Ineligible buildings include:

  • Mixed-use buildings with less than 50% Residential Occupancy, or
  • Multi-Unit Residential Buildings having more than (3) stories high and having a footprint of more than 600 m2 (6,458 ft2). See Appendix C for examples of housing configurations, or
  • Non electrically heated homes as defined below:
    • A house with a central non-electric heating system that has ductless mini split(s).
    • A house with a central non-electric heating system with electric space heaters like in floor heating in a bathroom or in an addition.
Is the heating system you are considering for your new home eligible in the New Home Energy Savings Program?

A geothermal heat pump

Yes

A central air source heat pump

Yes

 

A non-electric furnace with a furnace heat pump add-on

Yes

 

An electric furnace

Yes

 

In floor heating from an electric boiler

Yes

Any of the systems above along with a non-electric space heater like a wood, pellet, natural gas, oil, or propane stove or fireplace

Yes

A central non-electric furnace or boiler along with any number of ductless mini split heat pumps

No

A central non-electric heating system with any number of electric space heaters like in floor heating in a bathroom or an addition

No

Qualifying ductless mini-split heat pumps

Any and all ductless mini-split heat pumps installed must be on the NB Power Eligible Heat Pump product list. Please see product eligibility criteria in Appendix A for more detail. In cases where an ineligible mini-split heat pump has been installed in a home that otherwise meets program requirements, the participant may receive a reduced incentive.

Click here for a list of qualifying heat pumps