Category Archives: Construction

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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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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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.  The air in many homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted then the worst outdoor air. The HRV  …

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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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