50 Shades of Green (The House as a System Concept)

There are new provisions for energy efficiency coming into effect this December in the BC Building Code.  They place an emphasis on air tightness and insulation.  There will be an increase in minimal insulation values in attics, basements and walls.  As well new code (section 9.36) will require a higher value of air tightness compared to present values.

This focus on energy efficiency adds to the relevance of ‘House as a System’  ideas and concepts.  Efficiency measures that, in the past, weren’t cost effective or would take too long to realize a return on investment  are now making more and more fiscal sense.  So, yes, these concepts add to the initial cost of building new or substantially renovating your house.  However, not only are increased efficiencies realized, but comfort and health benefits increase.  Couple that with rising energy costs and you may be back in black sooner than you think.

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Living Green Roof

It’s Not Easy Being Green (Or is it?)

Achieving Sustainability Affordably in Home Construction:

One of the questions on our new construction and renovation questionnaire is; ‘How important are green initiatives to you?’  This question is met with as much angst as the ‘What is your budget?’ question.

Clients squirm in their chairs like a kid who has to eat his broccoli.  A client’s answer to the green initiatives question may be ‘not very’ today but 10 years from now, with sustainable products and methods becoming more affordable and energy costs becoming more costly, that answer will likely change.  The program I’d like to elaborate on here is the Built Green Program; it offers measurable results in a scalable format.

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