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 the simple addition of such systems to dwellings at a future date, a vertical service shaft is has been provided, extending from the dwelling’s service room to the attic space. When desired, homeowners would be able to use this service shaft to easily install the piping and cabling required by the chosen systems.