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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?

...ated that based on standard building practices, air leakage accounts for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home . A blower door test for buildings is a wa...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...art! Now that you understand What a Home Energy Audit is , learn about What Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green ...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A h...

LEED Homes

Getting Started

...ave been completed according to plan, and a final inspection when your home is completed. Also mandatory before drywall is installed is a blower door test , w...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...and electrical penetrations. This is an easy way to plug holes in your air barrier that you can’t possibly see - from as small as a human hair to as big as a ha...

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

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

...and it also involves the addition of an airtightness standard. It has been estimated that air leakage can account for about 1/3rd of a home’s total heat loss ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...al assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canad...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...a material qualifies as a vapour barrier is determined by the amount of moisture that passes through it, and it is given a rating. Any material that allows less...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...ass or leakage. 9.1 Radon-resistant construction: Homes in high-risk radon gas areas must have protection against radon infiltration. The project manager ha...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...and Financial Incentives page to find out what other programs are available, such as Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives and Rebates , how Vancouver makes attaining...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...at is a 2x4 utility wall, holding all of the electrical, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of ...