Energy Advisors Will Learn the Newest Version of EnerGuide at BSG

Published on March 29, 2018

If you’re currently an Energy Advisor, or looking to become one, and you want to keep well ahead of the curve, then Barrier Sciences Group has an EnerGuide instruction program for you. We offer professional courses to prepare for both the Foundations Level Exam and the Energy Advisor Exam. Both of these exams are required to become a Registered Energy Advisor.

The newest version of the EnerGuide Rating System (Version 15) will be taught as a part of both courses. Version 15 offers an improved rating system that adds more value to the existing home energy audits. Today, while Canada transitions to the new system nation-wide, some Advisors will continue to use the existing 0-100 rating scale depending on where they operate.

Barrier Sciences Group trains Energy Advisors for the future

In Ontario, the new version of the EnerGuide Rating System has been implemented province-wide. As such, Energy Advisors, both veterans and novices, must keep up with the latest changes and revisions. In fact, changes to the Ontario Building Code (coming in 2020 and 2022) are going to increase the demand for highly trained Advisors.

  • in 2020, air-tightness testing will be mandatory for all newly built houses
  • in 2022, air-tightness targets will be mandatory for all newly built houses

At Barrier Sciences Group, we’re training established Energy Auditors and aspiring Energy Auditors for the future. We train for all the necessary skills relative to testing and assessing. As well, BSG will train you to better communicate test findings to new homebuilders and new homeowners. The new EnerGuide label will also help in this process.

Under the umbrella of Natural Resources Canada, the old EnerGuide Rating System will be fully phased out by December 31, 2018. Going forward, energy performance and consumption will be assessed and rated in Gigajoules Per Year. It’s a measurement scale that can accurately gauge current performance and reflect any improvements.

Understanding the newest version of the EnerGuide Rating System

Barrier Sciences Group is already implementing ERS Version 15, using the new parameters when working with property owners throughout the province. Here, the objective for optimum energy performance is the lowest possible Gigajoule rating - in other words, the lower the annual rating, the better the energy performance.

The ultimate performance rating, of course, is ZERO Gigajoules Per Year. This rating is assigned to a residential home (or building) that produces as much energy as it actually consumes. These types of homes are identified as NET ZERO homes, and the building industry is working towards constructing all new buildings to meet these codes. But for now, any reduction in GJ per year shows improvement.

Professional training from Barrier Sciences Group

Our in-depth course curriculum is designed to help you pass either the Foundations Level Exam or the Energy Advisor Exam which are both under the auspices of Natural Resources Canada. Whether you’re an experienced Energy Advisor, or just starting out in the field, Barrier Sciences Group can provide the training to keep you ahead of the curve.

Barrier Sciences Group is the ideal professional training ground, where courses are available to applicants from all disciplines, regardless of Service Organization affiliation. You can rest assured of the highest quality instruction, taught by an experienced, certified teacher, with many years of expertise. BSG is the perfect place to learn, train, and work.

Today, there are countless incentives available for improving energy performance, so it’s no wonder that the demand for Energy Advisors is ever-increasing. Cash rebates (from government and industry) are incentivizing home energy upgrades and retrofits. As such, there is significant growth potential for registered Energy Advisors.

If you’re ready to sign up, contact Barrier Sciences Group at or call for more information at 1-866-333-3920. Book now as class spaces are limited!

The Canada Greener Homes Grant offers home efficiency renovation grants up to $5,000.

Homeowners Canada-wide are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, announced on May 27, 2021. This new incentive offers up to $5,000 in grants for home efficiency retrofit renovations, plus a $600 reimbursement for pre- and post-work EnerGuide evaluations. Eligible retrofit scopes include home insulation, heating, doors, windows, photovoltaic solar panels, resiliency measures, and thermostats.

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