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Efficiency in Your Home – Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a unique kind of heating system, because they can do the work of both a furnace and an air conditioner. Thus, there’s no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps can also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create  …

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Vancouver Green Building Code Tip#2 – Car Plug-Ins

Over the past 5 years there has been a growing market for electric bicycles and scooters. It is also expected that plug-in electric hybrid vehicles will be available to the public in the near future, followed soon after by the widespread availability of fully electric vehicles. The adoption of this technology represents a significant opportunity  …

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Efficiency In Your Home – HRV’s

Heat Recovery Ventilator Heat Recovery Ventilators commonly referred to as HRV systems/units are used when you want to introduce large amount of outside air in to occupied environment to increase actual level of indoor air quality. ┬áThe air in many homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted then the worst outdoor air. The HRV  …

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Efficiency in Your Home – Tankless Hot Water

When you turn on a hot water faucet or have a hot shower in the home, cold water travels through a pipe into the tankless hot water unit, where a gas burner heats the water. The faucet acts as a key for turning on the gas to heat the hot water you need and the  …

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Vancouver Green Building Code Tip#1 – Home Energy Monitors

As part of the City of Vancouver’s recently adopted “Green Building Code” all new homes must have an energy use monitor installed to pass final inspection, but it is also a really neat gadget to help everyone in the house be more aware of their hydro consumption and easy to install too. A bit of  …

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Piledriving in Trout Lake, Vancouver

We recently started a new home and laneway project for a client in the Trout Lake area of Vancouver. The land surrounding the lake is essentially a peat bog with the water table 3 feet below grade. Houses un-anchored to the rock solid glacial till 28-38 feet below grade will shift, crack, and deform over  …

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Building Green Mind Map

Found this interesting flowchart for green home building outlining the key players and processes. We would tweak it a bit when considering our our own systems, but love the graphical presentation which gives anyone who is considering a new home build a feel for all of the integrated parts required to succeed.

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Welcome to our Blog

We hope to cover a lot of interesting topics on our blog. Top level categories we are considering: Green Building, Construction, Red Tape, Renovation Ideas, Planning and Design, Vancouver Real Estate, and Home Building. Feel free to send us a note if you have any ideas or a question which could be answered well through  …

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