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Choosing Enviroshake for your Roof

We recently had a great experience with enviroshakes on the roof of our Trout Lake project. The product is attractive, made from recycled materials, works with standard roofing tools, and has an impressive warranty. As standard shakes each one is individually nailed which takes more time than traditional asphalt which results in higher install cost.  …

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Interior Design for Small Spaces

In Vancouver, where square footage comes at a high price, perhaps it’s not how much storage space you have but how you use it and asking yourself what you really need. Whether it is about built-ins, building up to the maximum height of your rooms or having your furniture function in multiple ways, check out this  …

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EPIC Vancouver – Sustainable Living Expo

May 13 – 15, 2011, Vancouver Convention Centre
EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Western Canada’s largest lifestyle show for the eco-conscious consumer. Join this annual celebration of planet-friendly living and surround yourself with over 300 exhibitors, inspiring ideas, exciting entertainment, and smart shopping in one jam-packed weekend.
Shop and learn from hundreds of  …

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Solar Hot Water Systems in Vancouver

Interested in using solar power to help heat your home’s hot water? Now might be the time to investigate whether or not your house is suitable for solar hot water.
For a limited time, Vancouver’s Solar Home Pilot is offering a $3000 incentive towards the cost of solar hot water systems in Vancouver. The funding  …

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LED lights in the home

While Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) is popular because it is an energy-saving light bulb that fits into a standard light bulb socket, the light it casts still doesn’t compare to incandescents and there is much concern about the toxic elements that are contained within the fragile bulb.  Breaking these bulbs in the home is not  …

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Averra Wins Georgie Award

Averra Developments took home Gold for the best Condo Renovation under $200k at the 2011 Georgie Awards Gala held by the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC on March 5th. A large part of our success with the Brown residence should be credited to the designer, Keith Chalmers. Keith designed a custom millwork/cabinet layout that  …

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Laneway Housing in Vancouver a Success

There have been over 100 new laneway houses built in Vancouver since the July 2009 bylaw amendment. One of the city’s  EcoDensity charter initiatives, construction of additional rental housing is now allowed in RS-1 and R-5 zones. To qualify, landowners must have a lot that is at least 33 feet wide that either borders a  …

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Vancouver Green Building Code Tip#3 – Future Solar Conduit

As the typical dwelling can be in use for half a century or more, some allowances for the adoption of future technologies is prudent. One such technology that will be undergoing widespread adoption in the coming years is that of on-site solar energy generation, namely roof-mounted photovoltaic or solar thermal systems. In order to facilitate  …

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