What is the R-2000 Housing Initiative?

R-2000™ is a voluntary national standard developed by NRCan to improve the energy efficiency and quality of new houses. It applies to low-rise detached of semi-detached and row houses covered under Part 9 of the National Building Code (NBC).

An R-2000 home must be constructed by a Licensed R-2000 Builder and comply with the plan evaluation, inspections and airtightness testing. Delivery Agents, File Managers, Inspectors, Plan Evaluators and Air Tightness Testers must be licensed under the R-2000 Initiative.

What is an R-2000 Home?

  • Increased durability
  • Improved comfort levels by reduction of heat loss and drafts
  • Quieter indoor environments
  • Higher levels of insulation Incorporates the “House as a System” concept
  • Advanced heating and cooling
  • Energy efficient appliances (this applies only if the builder supplies the appliances)and lighting
  • Reduction in water consumption
  • Environmentally responsible building materials and techniques

What makes R-2000 Special?

The R-2000 Standard is not a substitute for local or provincial building codes. Rather, it is an additional set of requirements in areas of energy efficiency, indoor air quality and environmental responsibility.

What makes R-2000 homes special is the emphasis on construction quality by the focus on detail.

There are a number of items that make an R-2000 home stand out from your average house. They define performance targets against which all others can be measured.

What is the OFNTSC’s role?

As a Delivery Agent the OFNTSC is the liaison between First Nations and Tribal Councils in Ontario and Natural Resources Canada. The OFNTSC provides the following service for the R-2000 program:

  • File management
  • Organize training sessions
  • Provide recommendation to NRCan for licensing of Evaluators, Builders, Inspectors, and Airtighteness Testers
  • Main source for First Nation information services
  • Provide evaluation/inspection services to Unaffiliated First Nation communities

How are Tribal Councils involved?

Should a Tribal Council participate, they will have training sessions made available to them to become R-2000 professionals, providing services to their membership communities in the areas of Plan Evaluation, Inspections, and Airtightness testing.

First Nation Involvement

Unaffiliated First Nations as well as Large First Nations may contact the OFNTSC directly for all services related to the initiative.

Communities who are associated with a Tribal Council can request services from their Tribal Council. If in the event they are interested in such services that are not provided through their current arrangement, a request can be sent into their provider and the OFNTSC. Alternate sources will be investigated

All First Nations may contact the OFNTSC for R-2000 Builder’s licensing and House certification

What are the Community and Individual Benefits?



  • Quality Built/Energy Efficient Homes
  • Lower expenditure for imported fuels allowing greater community control over energy costs
  • Greater Indoor Air Quality
  • Longer life expectancy of house
  • Greater energy and dollar savings
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions help protect our environment

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