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Energy Efficiency

  • State of Art

    State of the art ENERGY STAR rated high efficiency furnace with 2-stage burner, power humidifier & ECM motor maintains proper moisture levels.

  • Heat Recovery Ventilation

    Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system improves indoor air quality by drawing fresh air from the outside while recovering heat from the inside.

  • Shingles

    High quality, heavyweight, extra strong 40 year profile architectural shingles.

  • Low Expansion Foam

    Low expansion foam at all exterior windows and doors plus sealed air ducts in unfinished basements to reduce leaks, drafts and outdoor noise

  • Exterior basement walls are insulated with R24 insulation to the floor and R10 value insulation under the basement floor.

  • Energy Star Window

    ENERGY STAR® rated windows with a high performance invisible coating that keeps the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

  • LED light bulbs throughout the home use 80% less energy & last 20x longer than regular bulbs.

  • Exterior walls are insulated to R27 value which is achieved by a combination of BATT insulation and exterior foam insulation sheathing.

  • R70 blown insulation in the attic.

Canada's Top Energy Star Builder

Tartan has been building ENERGY STAR® qualified communities longer than any builder in Canada. In 2013, we were recognized for our commitment to energy efficiency by being named Canada’s national ENERGY STAR® HIGH EFFICIENCY New Homes Builder of the Year and are a finalist for the 2016 awards!

At Tartan, we’re committed to corporate social responsibility, and we regard building homes to the most current ENERGY STAR® standard as an important and tangible demonstration of that commitment. Minimizing the environmental footprint of the homes we build benefits not only those who purchase them, but the broader community as well. Energy efficient construction likewise aligns with our twin corporate pillars of innovation and quality, and is a key differentiator for Tartan in the marketplace. It’s a win-win-win for our customers, our company and our community.

Energy Star® Standards

Tartan’s ENERGY STAR® qualified homes lower the cost of ownership, add comfort, and reduce a home’s impact on the environment by meeting the highest standards for:

  • High insulation value
  • High performance windows
  • Tight construction throughout and sealed ducts in unfinished basements
  • High Efficiency Water Heaters
  • Efficient heating and cooling equipment
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances (as per plan)
  • Reduced on-site construction waste

Standard Tartan Energy Efficiency Features

Standard features in every Tartan home include:

  • R70 blown insulation in the attic
  • Exterior walls are insulated to R25 (R20 batt insulation plus R5 exterior sheathing) and wrapped with Tyvek
    CodeBord® Exterior Insulating sheathing reduces condensation potential and reduces thermal bridging that can cause heating (or cooling) loss
  • Exterior basement walls are insulated with R24 batt insulation to the floor and framed
    Garage ceilings are insulated with Icynene foam insulation to R32 value, where there is a finished room above making sure it is warm & cozy
  • ENERGY STAR® Low E (invisible high performance coating) argon gas filled windows keep the heat in during winter and out during summer which reduce energy costs by reducing energy loss
    Low expansion foam at all exterior windows and doors throughout the home plus sealed air ducts in unfinished basements to reduce leaks, drafts and outdoor noise
  • ENERGY STAR® high efficiency 95% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) 2 stage gas furnace with flow-through humidifier and electronically commutated motor (ECM) meaning 95¢ of every dollar of your heating energy expense warms your home and saves you money
  • Dedicated Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system for better indoor air quality and humidity control
  • Programmable heating and cooling thermostat to help you use energy only when you need it
  • LED light bulbs throughout (as per plan) which use 80% less energy and last 20 times longer than regular light bulbs
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances (as per plan) which use significantly less energy than older appliances
    Insulated garage door
  • R10 Insulation under the concrete basement floor making the basement warmer and allowing for more flooring choices in the basement

Savings by Design:

The Savings by Design program was developed to help builders improve energy and environmental performance in new construction projects. View our Savings By Design feature video here.

*Not all features are available in JAVA units The ENERGY STAR® mark is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada. Used with permission. As per plan’ refers to working drawings submitted for building purposes or supplier’s plans at time of construction which may vary from models, brochure elevation and plans. Specifications may not apply to pre-built inventory prior to this release. E & OE

EnerQuality, ENERGY STAR, Reach Home Labelling Milestone


For immediate release


(Toronto) EnerQuality – the #1 certifier of energy efficient homes in Canada – has hit a milestone: labelling its 75,000th ENERGY STAR® home.

Since the modest start of just 96 homes in 2006, the first year of labelling ENERGY STAR for New Homes,, EnerQuality now labels more than 6,000 homes a year. “It’s a brand our buyers recognize and appreciate,” Tartan Homes Owner-Manager Bruce Nicol explains.

In 2005, the home building industry through EnerQuality, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, developed ENERGY STAR for New Homes for the Canadian market. ESNH homes are on average 20% more energy efficient than typical Code-built ones.

ENERGY STAR is the mark of high efficiency products in Canada

“ENERGY STAR has been the most effective tool in the government’s box to influence the marketplace towards greater energy efficiency and less carbon,” EnerQuality president Corey McBurney said.

EnerQuality builders range from the large – with more than 100 homes per development – to small custom firms building just one or two homes each year.

Mattamy Homes, one of the early adopters of ENERGY STAR for New Homes, is also the builder of EnerQuality’s 75,000th ESNH home.

Vice President Sustainable Development Subhi Alsayed says Mattamy realized from the start what an important program ENERGY STAR would turn out to be.

“Early on, Mattamy recognized ENERGY STAR as a framework for quality control of energy performance and an industry leadership indicator. For that, we are proud to have been one of the early adopters of ENERGY STAR for New Homes in this market.”

A 2015 Environics-Genworth survey found 72% of first-time home buyers said energy efficiency is an important factor in home buying. The emphasis on energy efficiency falls even higher than proximity to schools or public transit.

“No other program has connected with both consumers and industry as ENERGY STAR has,” McBurney said.

Nicol of Tartan Homes completely agrees. “With each home, and for each home buyer, it’s as if Tartan gets a glowing character reference from a wise aunt or uncle.”

EnerQuality’s long-term involvement in ENERGY STAR for New Homes was recognized just last year, with two federal ENERGY STAR Canada Awards – Participant of the Year and Sustained Excellence.

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For more information, please contact

EnerQuality Marketing & Events Manager Jessika Diamond
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The ENERGY STAR mark is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada. Used with permission.