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The updated Blue Built Home Program is a water efficiency certification program designed for both newly-built and existing homes and multi-residential buildings in Guelph.

Why participate

Blue Built Home is an innovative certification that you can be proud to achieve. By owning or building water efficient homes that benefit our community, you are a water hero.

When your home or apartment unit is certified as a Blue Built Home you will use water efficiently and lower your water bill. As a new homeowners, you can save water and reduce water costs by as much as 60 per cent without making any compromises in your day-to-day life. Existing homes could save even more depending on the water fixtures in the home. Existing apartments can save more than 20 per cent of the water used per unit by replacing inefficient fixtures and appliances. The amount of water saved will depend on the fixtures and appliances currently used.

Take advantage of rebates. Owners of newly-built or existing single-family homes receive a one-time rebate up to $2,465 once your home is Blue Built Home certified. Existing multi-residential buildings receive a rebate of up to $415 per unit once units meet Blue Built Home requirements.

Blue Built Home and water conservation

Guelph is one of the few cities in Canada that relies on groundwater for its water supply. Groundwater is less abundant than surface water. As a result, using water efficiently plays an important role in ensuring our precious water resources are available for future generations to enjoy. Being certified as a Blue Built Home, you will contribute to our community’s water conservation efforts and long-term environmental benefits.

Who can participate

The Blue Built Home program is open to new and existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and existing multi-residential buildings located within the city of Guelph. The program is flexible and can accommodate a diversity of properties and the preferences of homeowners.

How to participate

To become Blue Built Home certified a homeowner must complete one of the following three options:

  • Option A: Install a greywater reuse system
  • Option B: Install an all-season indoor/outdoor rainwater harvesting system
  • Option C: Complete a minimum of three qualifying water saving options. At least two options must come from the Primary category (details in the Rebates section below).

Rebates

Rebates are available for the following Blue Built Home program certification options.

Certification options A and B

If both systems are installed in a home, only the Rainwater Harvesting System rebates will apply.

Certification options Certification requirements Rebate (each)
Option A Greywater reuse system $1,000
Option B All-season indoor/outdoor rainwater harvesting system $2,000

Certification option C

Complete a minimum of three qualifying water saving options. At least two options must come from the “Primary” category.

Primary options

Certification requirements Rebate (each)
Energy Star® washing machine (less than or equal to 19 litres per person per day). See the resources section below to identify qualifying washing machines $50
WaterSense® toilets  (less than or equal to 4.0 litres) $50
Energy Star® dishwasher n/a
Efficient hot water distribution system (Install an on-demand hot water recirculation system and/or reduce the amount of water stored between the hot water source and the furthest fixture) $100 for on-demand recirculation system
WaterSense® showerheads (less than or equal to 6.6 litres per minute) $10

Secondary options

Certification requirements Rebate (each)
WaterSense® lavatory faucets (less than or equal to 5.7 litres per minute) n/a
Lavatory faucet aerators less than or equal to 5.7 litres per minute) n/a
Permanent sub-water meter $125
Temporary sub-water meter $100
Waterless floor drain trap primer $20
Healthy Landscape visit for Blue Built Home  n/a
Other water saving product or technology as approved by the City of Guelph As approved by the City of Guelph

For details regarding each certification option please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Rebates will be issued once complete Blue Built Home Certification and Rebate Claim Forms are submitted and processed and after any required verifications have been conducted (i.e. building inspection, submission of receipts). Rebates may be provided via cheque or direct application to an active Guelph water account. Once a rebate has been provided for an item through the Blue Built Home program, the applicant cannot apply for any other City of Guelph rebates for that same technology or renovation.

Greywater reuse system

Install a greywater reuse system to flush all toilets in your home to become Blue Built Home certified. To be eligible for rebate and certification, the residential greywater reuse system must meet all the criteria outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Learn about greywater reuse systems.

Rainwater harvesting system

Install a rainwater harvesting system to flush all toilets in your home to become Blue Built Home certified. To be eligible for rebate and certification, the rainwater harvesting system must meet all the criteria outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Learn about rainwater harvesting systems.

Estimated Blue Built Home water bill savings

Based on the Council-approved annual water and wastewater increases for 2015-2018, the 2019 rate is based on a 2 per cent inflation rate.

Estimated water bill savings for single-family homes

Year Water rate ($) Water bill savings with greywater reuse system installed Water bill savings with rainwater harvesting system installed
2015 3.18 $282.15 $351.79
2016 3.33 $295.46 $368.39
2017 3.55 $314.98 $392.72
2018 3.82 $338.93 $422.59
2019 3.90 $346.03 $431.44

Estimated water bill savings for apartment units

Year Water rate ($) Water bill savings per unit
2015 3.18 $69.10
2016 3.33 $72.44
2017 3.55 $77.23
2018 3.82 $83.10
2019 3.90 $84.84

Important note: Actual water bill savings may vary. Savings models based on the difference in water savings between Blue Built Homes with all possible water efficient options installed and the equivalent home built to the Ontario Building Code standard. An average water use for three people is assumed for single-family homes and two people for apartment units.

Eligibility

New home

To participate in the program, a new home must:

  • be individually metered;
  • built within Guelph on or after January 1, 2018;
  • be serviced via the City of Guelph municipal water supply; and
  • Submit a complete Certification and Rebate Claim Form to the City.

For new-built homes, the home builder can construct your home to meet Blue Built Home standards. As the homeowner, you just need to move in and submit the Rebate and Certification Claim Form to take advantage of the water and cost saving. Ask your home builder about how you can save with a Blue Built Home.

Existing single-family home or townhouse

To participate in the program, an existing single-family home or townhouse must:

  • be individually metered;
  • be located within Guelph and serviced via the municipal water supply;
  • participate in an eMERGE Home Tune-up visit;
  • renovate or upgrade the home with identified water efficiency measures;
  • provide receipts to prove the purchase of water efficient products and technologies; and
  • submit a complete Certification and Rebate Claim Form to the City.

For existing homes, the homeowner works with the City directly to certify your home as a Blue Built Home.

Existing multi-residential building

To participate in the program, an existing multi-residential building must:

  • have seven units or more;
  • be located within Guelph and serviced via the municipal water supply;
  • participate in a free, multi-residential water audit;
  • renovate or upgrade the building with identified water efficiency measures;
  • provide receipts to prove the purchase of water efficient products and technologies;
  • submit a complete Certification and Rebate Claim Form to the City; and
  • allow the City to do a follow-up inspection of the building and participating units as requested.

For existing multi-residential buildings, the superintendents/building owners/managers and/or condominium boards work with the City directly to certify building units as Blue Built Home.

Blue Built Home Sign-up Form
Blue Built Home Certification and Rebate Claim Form
Frequently asked questions

Resources

Tell us why you love your Blue Built Home!

Submit your story to bluebuilthome@guelph.ca for a chance to win a stainless steel water bottle. Must own a Blue Built Home to apply. One bottle per household.

For more information

Water Services
519-822-1861 extension 2116
bluebuilthome@guelph.ca