New Construction

Energy Efficient Design:  An energy efficient home starts with an energy efficient design.We offer reviews of initial design drawings and recommend upgrades or changes to increase the energy performance of your new home. This is an important step in building an energy efficient new home and reducing costs of design changes after the plans are finished.

Modelling in HOT2000:  We are licensed and trained with National Resources Canada as Certified Energy Advisors to model home design specifications into HOT2000 software. This software factors in every design feature in a home to produce accurate energy performance ratings. It will produce annual operating costs of each home based on normal operating conditions. This performance rating comes in the way of an EnerGuide rating.

EnerGuide is a rating system that shows a standard measure of your home’s energy performance. It shows you (and future buyers) exactly how energy efficient your home is. The rating is calculated based on standard operation assumptions so that you can compare the energy performance of one house against another. The home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated, sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy on an annual basis. This rating is certified by National Resources Canada and entered a national database.

Typical Energy Efficiency Ratings
Type of House Rating
New House build to building code standards 65-72
New house with some energy-efficiency improvements 73-79
Energy-efficient new house 80-90
House requiring little or no purchased energy 91-100

 

ENERGY STAR®:The familiar logo from such products as home appliances, windows, and lighting now includes homes. The ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program promotes energy efficiency guidelines that enable your new home to be more energy efficient than those built to minimum provincial building codes. The increased efficiency of these homes translates into reduced energy costs for homeowners. The ENERGY STAR® for New Homes is currently available in many regions across Canada and is delivered in the field by a network of regional service organizations. If you want to build an ENERGY STAR home, we are trained and certified to help achieve this. An ENERGY STAR home has an EnerGuide rating of 80 or better and typically contains ENERGY STAR products throughout the home. ENERGY STAR for New Homes initiative promotes guidelines that builders can use to construct energy efficient new homes.

Typical energy efficiency measures for ENERGY STAR qualified homes include

  • Insulation upgrades
  • Higher-performance windows
  • Better draft proofing
  • More Efficient heating, hot water and air conditioning systems
  • Sealed ducts for improved air distribution
  • ENERGY STAR qualified appliances

 

Builder Consulting:  We work with builders to develop and educate on the various green home labelling programs in BC and help them choose the program that will best suit them and their project. We also supply information on available grants and rebates. From there we can assist with on-site testing regarding air sealing. This consists of a pre-drywall blower door test and walk through.  At this time we can also use thermal imaging to identify and resolve possible heat loss issues. These are critical steps in ensuring your home performs as designed. Interested in reading more regarding the green changes taking place within BC Building Code……Building Green.

Green Construction Consulting:  When building a new home, there is a lot more than energy performance to consider if you are seeking a “green home”. We would love to see all new construction following green building paths, but the fact is that budget, time, and knowledge prevent this on many jobsites. This is where we come in. We offer easy and effective checklists to ensure your home is built in a sustainable and low impact manner. The main characteristics to a green home are these: built with sustainable materials, has effective waste management and recycling throughout the build, has little impact on the surrounding eco system, has proper material management to prevent unnecessary waste and returns of unused material, and finishing materials that produce little to no toxic vapours. Air quality is an issue in new homes and we work hard to address these issues.