Design for energy efficiency and sustainability

From schools, seniors’ apartments and single-family homes to condominiums and long-term care facilities, Savings by Design offers solutions to help you design and construct buildings that save energy, are more comfortable and minimize environmental impact.

Get help at the early stages of design, with free design expertise and financial incentives to build sustainable, high-performance single-family homes and buildings through our Savings By Design program.

Why build sustainably?

Boost energy performance.

Reduce environmental impact.

Enhance occupant comfort.

Future-proof for a changing climate.

Avoid costly changes during construction.

How it works

Free full-day design assistance workshop with green building experts.

Free energy modelling to evaluate and optimize design choices.

Financial incentives* to construct high-performance, energy-efficient homes and buildings.

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Savings by Design Residential

Build new homes to a higher standard, with free design expertise and financial incentives.

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Savings by Design Affordable Housing

Get help to design and build affordable housing that saves energy and costs less to operate over the long term.

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Savings by Design Commercial and Multi-Residential

For projects greater than 25,000 square feet, get free access to sustainable design expertise at no cost to you.

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Success Stories

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) directs savings back into the classroom

See which energy-efficiency enhancements have helped OCSB become one of Ontario’s top energy-performing boards, with $30+ million in avoided energy costs since 2004.

“The Savings by Design Commercial & Multi-Residential program provided a risk-free environment for exploring and testing sustainability innovation.”

Gerry Sancartier
Property and Operations, Ottawa Catholic School Board

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.

“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

Youth Services Bureau designs life-changing homes for youth

Youth Services Hub, a new four-storey apartment building in Ottawa, received assistance at the early planning stages. Vulnerable youth now have an innovative new home that will be 30.8 percent more energy efficient than required by building code.

“We had a great experience working with the experts from Enbridge Gas and would recommend the Savings by Design Affordable Housing program to anyone looking to improve the energy efficiency of their affordable housing project.”

Wes Richardson
Director of Finance, Youth Services Bureau