Manitoba is among the first provinces to adopt new energy efficient standards for new, large buildings.
The province announced Friday that Manitoba will adopt the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011. The adoption of new standards means changes to building insulation, lighting, heating, ventilation and HVAC systems, water heating and electrical systems.
The new code means 449,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas will not be emitted, equivalent to taking 90,000 vehicles off the road, and will save Manitoba Hydro about $56 million, said minister Erma Braun.
The regulations will take effect on Dec. 1 of this year.