High Performance - Definition

In residential construction, HIGH PERFORMANCE means:

  • Planned and modelled for energy efficiency - per square area energy use target
  • Super insulated - High R-Value, continuous layers all around
  • Air Tight - 1.0 ACH@50Pa or better with dedicated air barrier
  • Ventilated - HRV / ERV balanced with right sized HVAC
  • Vapour controlled - Interior and exterior vapour drive are handled
  • Tested and Commissioned - Blower door testing and operation review.
The 2030 Challenge - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada