Make sustainability your competitive advantage

The Savings by Design Residential program* gives production builders free access to industry experts, energy modelling and financial incentives to help you build high-performance sustainable homes.

What’s in it for you?

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    Sustainable design expertise, at no cost to you.

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    Live energy modelling to show the impacts of various design options.

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    Up to $100,000 in financial incentives to help offset costs.

Benefits of building better:

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Meet buyers’ changing needs.

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Boost energy performance.


Reduce environmental impact.

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Enhance homeowner comfort.

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Future-proof for a changing climate.

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Avoid costly changes during construction.

Is your project eligible?

This program is only open to builders who are planning to build 50 or more housing units within the next three years. Projects must meet the following criteria:

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    Must include 50 or more low-rise housing units (i.e. units that fall under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code):

  • Single-family homes.
  • Row houses.
  • Townhomes/stacked towns.
  • Multi-family buildings three storeys and under.
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    Located in the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. service area.

Please note that individual homebuyers are not eligible to participate in the Savings by Design Residential program. Existing homeowners wishing to access free upgrades and rebates may do so through Enbridge Gas’ rebates and energy Conservation program for residential gas customers.

Better housing, happier buyers

Learn how the Savings by Design Residential program can help you build the energy-efficient homes your buyers want—and what to expect from the process.

How the program works


Visioning session

Start with a no-cost Visioning Session to help define and prioritize project requirements.


Design workshop

Your team will:

  • Attend a facilitated design assistance workshop.
  • Meet with sustainable design experts and energy modellers.
  • Strategize how to maximize your homes’ energy and environmental performance.
  • Receive a final report with energy modelling results and recommendations.

Financial incentives

Receive up to $100,000† in post-construction incentives for homes that meet or exceed 20 percent better energy efficiency than the Ontario Building Code:

  • $2,000/home, up to 50 homes (1st time participant).
  • $1,000/home, up to 100 homes (2nd time participant).
  • $500/home, up to 200 homes (3rd time participant).

Twelve Stone Homes is designed to achieve 25 percent energy savings

Through the Savings by Design Residential program process, Twelve Stone Homes used air-tightness improvements, upgrades to wall and attic insulation and upgraded furnace efficiency to maximize the energy and environmental performance of their Mount Albert Village homes.

  • 33 percent projected annual natural gas savings.
  • 9 percent projected annual electricity savings.
  • 27 percent projected GHG reduction.

“Our energy-efficient homes make sense to the consumer who is looking to save money and help reduce the strain on the environment.”

Glen W. Meyer
President, Twelve Stone Homes

Are you an affordable housing provider?

The Savings by Design Affordable Housing program helps you design and build affordable housing that saves energy and costs less to operate over the long term.

Connect with your regional representative today to get the most out of your next project

Michelle Vestergaard

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving Ontario-based developers and Toronto builders

Garrett Fell

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving builders and developers in Lanark, Leeds/Grenville, Ottawa, Prescott/Russell, Renfrew and Cornwall

Kain Allicock

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving builders and developers in Durham, Frontenac, Hastings, Kingston, Lennox/Addington, Northumberland, Prince Edward County and York Region

Michelle Nikitin

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving builders and developers in Algoma, Dufferin, Halton, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Peel, Simcoe and Sudbury

Gina Mancini

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving builders and developers in Chatham–Kent, Huron County, Lambton, London, Middlesex, Oxford, Perth County, St. Thomas, Elgin County and Windsor/Essex

Joanne Van Panhuis

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving builders and developers in Brant, Bruce County, Grey County, Haldimand, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Norfolk and Wellington County

Don Armitage

Energy Solutions Advisor
Serving Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Builders

* To be eligible to participate in the Residential Savings by Design program, projects must be located in the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. service area.

† HST is not applicable and will not be added to incentive payments. Terms and conditions apply.