Natural Resources Canada is working on new guidelines for homebuilders that will make new houses easier to retrofit for solar, even if the solar panels are installed long after the construction of the house.
The “Photovoltaic Ready Guidelines” make recommendations that are easy and inexpensive to execute during construction that will save homeowners a lot of money if they decide to install solar panels down the road. The draft guidelines can be found on NRCan’s website, and since the guidelines are in draft form, homeowners and home builders should ensure they are working with the most recent version.
The guidelines do a great job of providing information on how to build a home that is optimized for solar. The document covers topics like:
The document is packed with helpful illustrations and includes an excellent reference section at the end with live links that will be helpful for anyone planning a house project where they hope to eventually install solar. By doing this work up front, it allows homeowners to save money on the installation of a future photovoltaic system while increasing the value of their home. For builders, it offers the tools to provide an environmentally-conscious, low-cost upgrade to new homes; and for solar manufacturers and installers, this practice encourages the uptake of photovoltaic systems.
The guidelines are still in draft form, but will be ready for adoption later in 2017. Putting these guidelines in place is another excellent example of a forward looking approach to solar adoption. By encouraging simple upgrades during the construction of new homes, the potential for new rooftop solar generation is increased with little or no coast to builders and homeowners.
If you’d like to find out what’s required to retrofit your own house for solar panels installation, feel free to contact us, and we will get back to you with more details and free quotes.