Blue Built Home Terms and Conditions

The City of Guelph is pleased to introduce the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards and Rebate Program. Through this Program each homeowner purchasing a new home constructed in Guelph to a prescribed water efficiency standard may be eligible for a rebate of up to $2,420. The Program provides long-term financial savings and water use efficiency to the homeowner and local community while protecting local resources.

Participant eligibility

To be eligible for the rebate it is required that:

  • The home builder is Tarion-registered, and will be constructing a new home within the City of Guelph on or after November 1, 2010
  • The home builder constructs a home to be serviced via the City of Guelph municipal water and wastewater supply
  • The home builder enters the related agreement with the City of Guelph
  • The home builder identifies that the home will be a Blue Built Home and identifies its expected Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard (Bronze, Silver, Gold) within the General Information section of the Building Permit Application; and at the time of building permit application, the home builder includes a completed Blue Built Home application form for each home to be constructed
  • The home builder constructs the home to the prescribed Water Efficiency Standard of the Program (Appendix A, B or C)
  • The home is made available by the home builder for inspection once the application has been submitted
  • The plumber employed by the home builder is available for final plumbing inspection by the City of Guelph Services Division and will provide the product specification sheets for all fixtures, appliances, or systems for the Water Efficiency Standard (Bronze, Silver, Gold) being pursued

Note: a limited number of rebates are available as part of the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards and Rebate Program. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  The City of Guelph reserves the right to alter or cancel this Program at any time, in its sole discretion.

Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards

For a new home to receive the Blue Built Home label, it must be a newly constructed home that is individually metered, meets all criteria for the applicable Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard, and is inspected and certified by City of Guelph Building Services Division. This is a pass/fail program where all criteria must be met for the home to pass inspection and receive the label and rebate(s).

All Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards are performance-based and require the use of fixtures that meet specific water use and performance standards. For some fixtures, this means using specifically labelled products (e.g. WaterSense® toilets, ENERGY STAR®/CEE clothes washer). Where performance-based standards are specified, the builder may, unless otherwise required, use any appropriate design or product that meets applicable codes and standards in order to meet the City’s requirements (e.g. waterless floor drain trap).

Prescribed Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards for Blue Built Home Bronze, Blue Built Home Silver and Blue Built Home Gold homes can be found in the following appendices.

Homes constructed to the prescribed Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards (see Appendix A, B and C) are eligible for a rebate from the City of Guelph.  Rebate amounts for construction of a Blue Built Home are set out in Table 1.

Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard Rebates

Table 1: Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard Rebates
BRONZE SILVER GOLD
WaterSense® Toilet (less than 4 litres) $20 $20 $20
Energy Star® Qualified Washing machine $100 $100 $100
Waterless Floor Drain Trap $60 $60 $60
Hot Water Delivery System $0 $200 $200
Greywater Reuse System $0 $0 $1,000
Rainwater Harvesting System $0 $0 $2,000

Note:

  1. Either a Greywater Reuse System or a Rainwater Harvesting System must be installed for Gold certification. If both systems are installed within a home, rebates will only be provided for the Rainwater Harvesting System.
  2. Rebates will only be issued upon submission by the home builder of the completed Blue Built Home Application form and appropriate supporting documentation and completion of the final plumbing inspection by the City of Guelph Building Services Division. When the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard is achieved, inspection staff will affix a sticker on the home’s utility box. At this time, a water conservation new home welcome package and a rebate claim form will be mailed to the home owner. The rebate claim form must be filled out and returned to the City in order to obtain the rebate cheque and Blue Built Home certificate. Proof of purchase of a qualified washing machine will be required at the time of rebate claim.

Monitoring and evaluation

The City of Guelph or its agents may access utility billing account information for the purpose of monitoring water consumption.

In addition, the home builder may be required to install additional water meter infrastructure in select homes for purposes of ongoing measurement of home water use on a home by home basis. This infrastructure may be removed only at the City’s discretion.

Blue Built Home Brand Guidelines

Use of the Blue Built Home Logo and Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard Logos (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) must be in accordance with the Blue Built Home Brand Compliance Guidelines (see Appendix D).  Misuse or misrepresentation of the Blue Built Home brand will not be tolerated.

Defects and Construction Issues

The City of Guelph is not responsible for the selection of home water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems nor for the selection of vendors or installers thereof.

The City of Guelph does not guarantee or warrant home water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems or their installation, performance, freedom from defects, quality of workmanship or suitability for any purpose, or the suitability of the premises for installation. Further, the Applicant and/or home builder acknowledges and agrees to assume any and all costs of the installation, maintenance, or any alterations necessary for the proper installation of home water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems.

Any possible deficiencies or failures of new home water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems are the responsibility of the home builder in accordance with the Tarion Home Statutory Warranty coverage of defects in work and materials in the electrical, plumbing and heating delivery and distribution systems following new home possession by the home owner.

Agreement

In consideration of the City of Guelph receiving and considering the application for the rebate under the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards and Rebate Program, the Applicant acknowledges and agrees:

  • To provide The Corporation of the City of Guelph (the City of Guelph) or its agent with reasonable access to the building where the Applicant proposes to install the water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems, and to inspect any residence approved for participation in this Program in order to verify the appropriate installation of the water fixtures, appliances, plumbing components and/or auxiliary water systems and eligibility of the same, if the City of Guelph so requests
  • To indemnify, save and hold harmless the City of Guelph, and its agents, officials, officers, councillors, staff and employees (collectively, the agents) against all liability, loss, costs, damages, and expenses, causes of action, actions, claims, demands, lawsuits and other proceedings, by whomever made, sustained, brought or prosecuted, including by third parties, involving bodily injury, death, personal injury, and property damage, in any way based upon, occasioned by or attributable to the Applicant’s participation in this Program
  • That the rebate, if paid, will be paid to the Applicant by cheque after the satisfactory final home building inspection by City of Guelph Building Services Division and submission of necessary program documentation
  • Not to make any representations regarding the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard of any home, other than the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standard actually achieved by the home
  • To use the Blue Built Home logos only in accordance with the Blue Built Home Brand Guidelines
  • To refund the rebate to the City of Guelph on request, if the application contains any material misstatement or misrepresentation on the Applicant’s behalf, or if the Applicant breaches any of these terms or conditions

APPENDIX A – Blue Built Home – Bronze Water Efficiency Standard

Home builders aiming to achieve Blue Built Home Bronze Water Efficiency Standard for a new home must meet the following criteria for toilets, washing machine, and waterless floor drain trap.

Toilet Requirements

  • Home must be fitted only with WaterSense® labelled tank-type toilet(s)
  • The toilet capacity must be no larger than 4.0 litres High Efficiency Toilet (HET)
  • The toilet must be marked with its water consumption as required by the ASME/CSA performance standards
  • Product packaging and/or documentation (which will likely bear the WaterSense® label) must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

Listing of qualifying toilets can be found at www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html. In addition, qualifying toilets include, but are not limited to the MaP Premium toilets, at www.map-testing.com.

High Efficiency Washing Machine Requirements

  • Home must be fitted with a high efficiency ENERGY STAR or Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) qualified high efficiency washing machine
  • Washing machine maximum water factor must be 6.0 or less (6.0 gallons per cycle per cubic foot or 0.8 liters per cycle per litre) as per ENERGY STAR criteria (2013). The lower the water factor value, the more water efficient the clothes washer is. The City of Guelph encourages the purchase of a washing machine with a smaller water factor to maximize household water efficiency
  • Washing machine model number and original proof of purchase must be provided at the time of Rebate Claim Form submission

Listing of qualifying ENERGY STAR and CEE-approved high efficiency washing machines can be found at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

Waterless Floor Drain Trap Requirements

If laundry facilities are located on the main, second or third floor of a home, a waterless floor drain must be installed. If laundry facilities are located in the basement, the floor drain must be primed using condensate from the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and not from a potable water source.  A basement floor drain primed using a potable water source does not qualify under these standards and is not eligible for rebate.

  • Waterless floor drain trap device must be approved by the Ontario Building Materials Evaluation Commission
  • Product packaging and/or documentation must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

View list of qualifying waterless floor drain trap devices.


APPENDIX B – Blue Built Home – Silver Water Efficiency Standard

Home builders aiming to achieve Blue Built Home Silver Water Efficiency Standard for a new home must meet the following criteria for toilets, washing machine, waterless floor drain trap and hot water delivery system.

Toilet Requirements

  • Home must be fitted only with WaterSense® labelled tank-type toilet(s)
  • The toilet capacity must be no larger than 4.0 litres High Efficiency Toilet (HET)
  • The toilet must be marked with its water consumption as required by the ASME/CSA performance standards
  • Product packaging and/or documentation (which will likely bear the WaterSense® label) must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

Listing of qualifying toilets can be found at www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html.  In addition, qualifying toilets include, but are not limited to, the MaP Premium toilets, at www.map-testing.com.

High Efficiency Washing Machine Requirements

  • Home must be fitted with a high efficiency ENERGY STAR or Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) qualified high efficiency washing machine
  • Washing machine maximum water factor must be 6.0 or less (6.0 gallons per cycle per cubic foot or 0.8 liters per cycle per litre) as per ENERGY STAR criteria (2013). The lower the water factor value, the more water efficient the clothes washer is. The City of Guelph encourages the purchase of a washing machine with a smaller water factor to maximize household water efficiency
  • Washing machine model number and original proof of purchase must be provided at the time of Rebate Claim Form submission

Listing of qualifying ENERGY STAR and CEE-approved high efficiency washing machines can be found at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

Waterless Floor Drain Trap Requirements

If laundry facilities are located on the main, second or third floor of a home, a waterless floor drain must be installed. If laundry facilities are located in the basement, the floor drain must be primed using condensate from the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and not from a potable water source.  A basement floor drain primed using a potable water source does not qualify under these standards and is not eligible for rebate.

  • Waterless floor drain trap device must be approved by the Ontario Building Materials Evaluation Commission
  • Product packaging and/or documentation must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

View list of qualifying waterless floor drain trap devices.

Hot Water Delivery System

  • Three types of hot water delivery systems are considered eligible: demand-initiated hot water recirculation systems, core systems, and whole house manifold systems; timer- and temperature-based recirculation systems will not be considered
  • Home must be fitted with appropriate plumbing circuits, mixing valve, check valve, expansion tank (2 to 4 gallon), connection lines and control mechanisms for each full bathroom
  • Home must be fitted with a hot water recirculation pump if the demand-initiated hot water recirculation system is installed
  • The connection piping to any one fixture from the plumbing circuit for hot water shall be no more than 3.05 metres (10 feet) in length
  • Pipes must be appropriately insulated

Listing of qualifying hot water delivery systems can be found within the Resources Section. Other systems will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


APPENDIX C – Blue Built Home – Gold Water Efficiency Standard

Home builders aiming to achieve Blue Built Home Gold Water Efficiency Standard for a new home must meet the following criteria for toilets, washing machine, waterless floor drain trap, hot water delivery system and either a greywater reuse system or a rainwater harvesting system.

Toilet Requirements

    • Home must be fitted only with WaterSense® labelled tank-type toilet(s)
    • The toilet capacity must be no larger than 4.0 litres High Efficiency Toilet (HET)
    • The toilet must be marked with its water consumption as required by the ASME/CSA performance standards
    • Product packaging and/or documentation (which will likely bear the WaterSense® label) must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

          Listing of qualifying toilets can be found at www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html.  In addition, qualifying toilets include, but are not limited to, the MaP Premium toilets, at www.map-testing.com

          High Efficiency Washing Machine Requirements

          • Home must be fitted with a high efficiency ENERGY STAR or Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) qualified high efficiency washing machine
          • Washing machine maximum water factor must be 6.0 or less (6.0 gallons per cycle per cubic foot or 0.8 liters per cycle per litre) as per ENERGY STAR criteria (2013). The lower the water factor value, the more water efficient the clothes washer is. The City of Guelph encourages the purchase of a washing machine with a smaller water factor to maximize household water efficiency
          • Washing machine model number and original proof of purchase must be provided at the time of Rebate Claim Form submission

          Listing of qualifying ENERGY STAR and CEE-approved high efficiency washing machines can be found at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

          Waterless Floor Drain Trap Requirements

          If laundry facilities are located on the main, second or third floor of a home, a waterless floor drain must be installed. If laundry facilities are located in the basement, the floor drain must be primed using condensate from the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and not from a potable water source. A basement floor drain primed using a potable water source does not qualify under these standards and is not eligible for rebate.

          • Waterless floor drain trap device must be approved by the Ontario Building Materials Evaluation Commission
          • Product packaging and/or documentation must be provided at time of final plumbing inspection

          View list of qualifying waterless floor drain trap devices.

          Hot Water Delivery System

          • Three types of hot water delivery systems are considered eligible: demand-initiated hot water recirculation systems, core systems, and whole house manifold systems; timer- and temperature-based recirculation systems will not be considered
          • Home must be fitted with appropriate plumbing circuits, mixing valve, check valve, expansion tank (2 to 4 gallon), connection lines and control mechanisms for each full bathroom
          • Home must be fitted with a hot water recirculation pump if the demand-initiated hot water recirculation system is installed
          • The connection piping to any one fixture from the plumbing circuit for hot water shall be no more than 3.05 metres (10 feet) in length
          • Pipes must be appropriately insulated

          Listing of qualifying hot water delivery systems can be found within the Resources Section. Other systems will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

          Either a Greywater Reuse System or a Rainwater Harvesting System must be installed, as described below. If both systems are installed within a home, a rebate will only be provided for the Rainwater Harvesting System.

          Greywater Reuse System Requirements

          To be eligible for rebate it is required that the residential greywater reuse system includes:

          • A greywater storage capacity volume of 150 litres or larger
          • Removal of particulate matter and debris from the source of greywater collection in accordance with the Ontario Building Code
          • Disinfection of all greywater collected within the home (through Chlorination, Ultra Violet Light, or other standard means) in accordance with the treatment guidelines of the draft water quality standards of Health Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Domestic Reclaimed Water for Use in Toilet or Urinal Flushing
          • As a minimum, the purified greywater must be used inside the home for toilet/urinal flushing

          Note: Individually engineered residential greywater reuse systems are not eligible for rebate.

          System Installation Requirements:

          • Installation must be completed in accordance with applicable law including specifications of the Ontario Building Code, and CSA Standard B.128.1-06 with system approval subject to premise inspection and final plumbing approval by the City of Guelph Building Services Division
          • As part of installation, all greywater reuse service lines must be marked with appropriate labelling, in both English and French, indicating that the water service lines contain non-potable water
          • Installation must be completed by a qualified plumber

          Premise Isolation Requirements:

          • Installation must include an appropriate premise isolation device in accordance with specifications of the Ontario Building Code and City of Guelph Backflow Prevention By-law

          Rainwater Harvesting System Requirements

          To be eligible for the rebate it is required that the residential rainwater harvesting system includes:

          • A rainwater storage capacity volume of 2,500 litres or larger
          • Collection of rainwater from no less than 50% of the available household roof area
          • Removal of rough debris from source rainwater as well as particulate filtration removal from purified rainwater in accordance with the Ontario Building Code
          • Disinfection of all rainwater collected (through Chlorination, Ultra Violet Light, or other standard means) in accordance with the treatment guidelines of the draft water quality standards of Health Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Domestic Reclaimed Water for Use in Toilet or Urinal Flushin
          • Provision for the use of a municipal water top-up system including the addition of municipal water through means of an approved air gap in the event of insufficient rainfall collection
          • Provision for management of excess rainfall discharge in accordance with site stormwater management requirements and subject to final approval of the City of Guelph Engineering Services Division
          • As a minimum, the purified rainwater must be used inside the home for toilet/urinal flushing. In addition, it may be used in the washing machine, as well as outside the home (if desired)
          • A secondary hot water tank or dual check valve on hot water supply is required to hold rainwater if hot water is used in the washing machine

          System Installation Requirements

          • Installation must be completed in accordance with applicable law including specifications of the Ontario Building Code, and CSA Standard B.128.1-06 with system approval subject to premise inspection and final plumbing approval by the City of Guelph Building Services Division
          • As part of installation, all rainwater service lines must be clearly marked with appropriate labelling, in both English and French, indicating that the water service lines contain non-potable water
          • Installation must be completed by a qualified professional rainwater harvesting contractor and/or qualified plumber

          Premise Isolation Requirements

          • Installation must include an appropriate premise isolation device in accordance with specifications of the Ontario Building Code and City of Guelph Backflow Prevention By-law

          APPENDIX D – Blue Built Home Brand Compliance Guidelines

          • No one may use any Blue Built Home Logo (the “Logo”) except with the prior written permission of the City of Guelph, and in accordance with such prior written permission
          • The Logos may be used only in circumstances consistent with the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards and Rebate Program and its goals and objectives, and where use of the Logos would not be misleading to consumers
          • A City of Guelph representative must review the home builder’s marketing material that uses the Logos
          • Anyone who uses the Logos in print or online must provide the City of Guelph with a copy of the print material or screen shot of how the Logo was used
          • The City of Guelph intends to protect the integrity of the Blue Built Home Water Efficiency Standards and Rebate Program and its Logos by any means available in law

          A copy of the complete Blue Built Home logo use guidelines can be found at bluebuilthome.ca.


          APPENDIX E – Approved Waterless Floor Drain Trap Services for the Blue Built Home

          List of qualifying waterles floor drain trap devices
           Make Model name Model Number Technology
          SureSeal Inline 2 inches SS2009 Inline Floor Drain Trap Sealer – Waterless Floor Drain
          SureSeal Inline 3 inches SS3000 Inline Floor Drain Trap Sealer – Waterless Floor Drain
          SURESEAL Inline 3-5 inches SS3509 Inline Floor Drain Trap Sealer – Waterless Floor Drain
          SURESEAL Inline 4 inches SS4009 Inline Floor Drain Trap Sealer – Waterless Floor Drain
          Pro Set Systems Trap Guard Not applicable Waterless Floor Drain

          Please note: 

          • Waterless Floor Drain Trap Devices must receive the authorization of the Ontario Building Materials Evaluation Commission to be eligible for rebate and Blue Built Home certification
          • The listing of Guelph approved floor drain models is subject to change.
          • The City of Guelph does not endorse specific brands, products, or dealers; nor does it guarantee materials, workmanship, performance, or durability of the qualifying items.