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

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

...Code. How many steps are there in the BC step code? Steps in the new BC Step Code are categorized as ‘lower’ and ‘upper’ steps depending on building type. ...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high perfo...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

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

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Code. Frost Protected Shallow Foundation or FPSF insulation design details for slab on grade Slab-on-grade step by step Instructions for problem expansi...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...codes to reflect better performing building envelopes. Building codes are making you do stupid things. The laws of physics trump code. - Joe Lstiburek J...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a rEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...step further by exceeding the performance targeted under their initial certification. This project sets a benchmark in Canada that any building owner can follow...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...step towards 'passive heating and cooling design which is just to think about it and in some capacity factor it in to your build. For new home construction, p...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...step in the right direction towards true Zero-Carbon housing including both embodied carbon for building materials as well as the carbon production for it's ver...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...step by step detailed guide to building a frost protected slab on grade foundation here . Skirt insulation around slabs and foundations prevents...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Step one, getting a humidity meter and tracking the relative humidity level in your basement is the first part of understanding the mold problem in any home or ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...step back a little bit to understand the basics. First of all, for the sake of an analogy, let’s imagine heat as a big body of water. Logically, water would flo...