Category Archives: Green Building

Raising a House in Vancouver

Building a brand new home while retaining heritage and character by raising a house in Vancouver can be a challenging but rewarding process. Here are a few of the top reasons homeowners and builders decide to raise a house instead of demolishing and building new.
1. Increased Density and Floor Space. The city of Vancouver has  …

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Save energy by using On-Demand Tankless Water Heaters

What is the most efficient source of hot water for your home?
Based on a recent study from the CMHC, comparing gas fired on-demand hot water heaters and conventional hot water holding tanks, the on demand water heaters proved to be the most cost effective using 46% less energy.
Although clearly the way to go for  …

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1915 Heritage Home move on Dunbar a Success; looking forward to the future.

The Dunbar character home that was featured in The Province, The Vancouver Sun, and on various Vancouver news broadcasts including the CBC has now been successfully moved from its original property and is waiting on a barge dock at the Southlands Musqeum Indian Reserve before crossing the Georgia Straight on its way to its new  …

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Moving a house in the Dunbar area of Vancouver to save it from Demolition

Our latest residential home build/development has had an
interesting start compared to the others. Typically new homes are designed and built to satisfy demand in the market and ultimately replace old homes that have little value left. These homes are demolished to make way for something that is better designed with energy efficiency in mind.

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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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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 – 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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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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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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