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Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Passive House project on Vancouver Island BC Passive House interior kitchen design Vancouver Island BC Passive House Floorplans Vancouver Island BC Passive House Wall Design details Vancouver Island BC Passive House Walls ...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...Passive House Whistler BC Interior Design, © Marken Projects Using up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house, the Rainbow Duplex was assembled in 4 ½ days using a prefabricated panelized system manufactured by BC Passive House. A successful passive solar home is desig...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Code puts buildings into two basic categories – Part 9 and Part 3 . BC step code part 9 – This refers to houses and small buildings that are three storeys with a footprint about 6,500 square feet (600 squar...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Passive House certification, the BC Energy Step Code , or sustainable building practices in the Ecohome Green Building Guides , at Ecohome, North America's favorite green building website.

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Passive House air leakage rate has to be 0.6ACH or lower , which is several times more airtight than the average home and that is partly why a Passive House consumes several times less energy in heating. Even at 3 air changes per hour, which is much better than most older homes, the entire volume of air in your home ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...Passive House & LEED ready Kit Homes available in Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire see here © SeeVirtual © SeeVirtual For more information, please visit inhaus.ca

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...BC : Since its launch, The LiveSmart BC : Efficiency Incentive Program has invested $110 million over 5 years (2008-2013) to help families lower their energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Make energy efficiency improvements to your home and complete a second assessment within 18 months of your first asse...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...Passive House and their performance targets, that system is not without its flaws. I know of one certified Passive House that had so many windows that in order to get certified they needed an absurd amount (24 inches) of insulation below the slab to meet the overall energy goals. Therefore, due to those windows, the ne...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...Passive House Certified tradespersons and will work with all new Passive House projects as of March 1st 2017. The city is also providing space in city meeting rooms for public Passive House training courses. Regulatory changes to remove barriers: To facilitate Passive House builds and the additional requirements th...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...house was built outside of them. 11. More options for Green building certifications Passive House certified homes consume about 90% less energy that a code-built house . As a green home certification program, Passive House is getting a boost from some regional building codes in the form of financial incentives that...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

Framing lumber choices for building homes Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is the grade of wood used for house framing (studs, Larsen Trusses for Double-Stud walls , headers, roof trusses and floor joists, etc. as well as in timber frame construction). Its technical characteristics make it perfectly su...