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Better for homeowners. Better for the environment. Better for Ontario.

The better the plan, the better the results.

To achieve better energy efficiency in a home, it takes more than just making a few upgrades. You need to look at the house as an entire system. For example, installing an energy efficient furnace won’t automatically make the home energy efficient. It’s more how the furnace works with the insulation, windows and everything in between – to find every opportunity to minimize energy and water use, reduce impact on the environment and identify all energy savings.


Screen shot of an Enbridge Integrated Design Process video with play button.


When we work together, we build it better.

Savings by Design’s Integrated Design Process (IDP) employs a team of experts – such as builders, architects, mechanical and engineering contractors, conservation authorities, government municipalities and certified energy raters – who assess the home as a system. Having all that expertise in one room gives the builder (and you, the future homeowner) a huge advantage. The result of the session is a Savings by Design model with energy performance exceeding the 2012 Ontario Building Code by 25%.

Using energy modeling software, the team will:

  • Forecast energy consumption to achieve energy savings
  • Calculate thermal resistance of the building envelope (your home’s walls, insulation, roofing, windows and doors together)
  • Simulate natural, temperature and wind-induced air infiltration to predict your energy bills
  • Identify passive solar gains to reduce energy consumption
  • Engineer ventilation systems to maximize indoor air quality
  • Estimate energy requirements for space heating, water heating, lighting and appliances.*

The result of the session is a Savings By Design Model — which incorporates all of the measures suggested by the Energy Team. Since every project and builder are different, every IDP is customized for the builder, and every IDP has the same goal of achieving 25% more energy efficiency than code.

> Watch a video of the Integrated Design Process