Please be advised that we will be closed on Monday October 12th for Thanksgiving. We hope everyone has a great long weekend and is able to spend time with their loved ones! We will re-open on Tuesday October 13th, 2020 with regular business hours.
HAVAN Builders' Breakfast Series: Building Step 5 NetZero Ready Home in Metro Vancouver: Builder Case #1
We want to extend our thank you to the Homebuilders Association of Vancouver (HAVAN) for organizing our recent case study of our NetZero ready new build in Burnaby, BC. Our online webinar had 74 attendees, followed by a site tour of 21 people (multiple small groups, sanitized, masked up, and physically distanced of course)! We hope you found it informative and took away some great points that building a NetZero ready home can be affordable. If you missed it don't fret, we have the tour filmed and you'll be able to access it online through HAVAN's E-learn platform.
Of course, the main benefit of having skylights in a home is all the natural light you get from them. This is mainly for winter because that's when we have less overall exposure to the natural light our bodies crave. Nobody likes being holed up in a dark, dim, artificially lit cavern on those overcast winter days when the sun sets shortly after it rises. A well-placed skylight or two can make the difference for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can't spend time outdoors. Below are the key differences between LED skylights versus conventional skylights.
LED Skylights emit artificial light that closely resembles the visible spectrum of natural sunlight. In its purest form natural sunlight has a temperature of around 5,000 degrees Kelvin and a Color Rendering Index of 100.
Install: Simple process, which any electrician can perform with minimal wiring. No retrofitting required. Controlled by a wall mounted digital control pad which can link up to 60+ skylights. Most companies also offer standard sizes like 2' x 2' or 2' x 4'.
Maintenance/Cleaning: Virtually no maintenance required, and cleaning is fairly easy.
Heat Gain/Loss: LED Skylights do not have any impact on the air temperature. As we move towards building more energy efficient homes, this is a great way to have less openings in the building envelope while still getting the benefits of natural light!
Glare: LED Skylights do not produce UV radiation or glare and do not interfere with projectors or any other light emitting technology. LED Skylights have a dimmable range of 1% to 100%. They provide up to 50,000 hours (5-6 years of continuous usage). This period can be extended by replacing the parts that might fail after the initial lifespan has ended.
Other Notes: Some LED skylights also provide background images of scattered clouds or clear blue sky. A single LED panel can light up to an area of 15 m² with 4,500 Lux if installed at a height of 3 meters. At a height of 6 meters, the same area will receive 3,000 Lux.
Install: Experienced installer required to perform complicated roof alterations, which can prove to be
costly and risky if not done by a professional.
Maintenance/Cleaning: Due to their structure and position on the roof, skylight windows can easily become dirty due to condensation over time, and cleaning them can be a strenuous job. Moisture problems (or leaks) may also arise if the skylight has not been properly insulated.
Heat Gain/Loss: Since skylights are located on the roof, they tend to lose heated air in the winter and cooled air in the summer.
Glare: Because traditional style skylights allow unfiltered sunlight directly into your home, you might experience issues with glare at certain points of the day. Due to their location they may also be a nuisance to have blinds on.
The Vancouver housing market is strong and there is also a lot of demand here for small footprints, affordability and independent living for older generations. Bonus: the utility bills incurred in laneway homes are relatively low. Almost half of occupants reported that they pay less than $50 per month on hydro and gas when polled in a survey by the City of Vancouver.
Here are some tips if you're thinking about building a laneway house in Vancouver:
Don’t forget to read through relevant city regulations before you begin building. If you live in Vancouver and want to add a laneway home to your property, the City of Vancouver has compiled an easy-to-follow list of steps to take.
When your laneway home is complete, check with the city before moving in to see if you need an occupancy permit.
To learn more, discuss your plans or request a free quote, please don’t hesitate to call 604-568-9983, email us, or complete our online contact form today.
Thinking of renovation your bathroom? Don’t make any of these 5 common bathroom renovation mistakes. A bathroom renovation may seem like a simple endeavor, considering its size. However, bathrooms can become one of the most troublesome areas; the following are five of some of the most common mistakes that people make.
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Jessica Colaluca from Design Seed has done it again! As we look for design inspiration, nothing is as inspiring as nature itself! This colour palette features a few light airy shades to brighten any room and includes some dark shades perfect for adding drama!
A brief video of Jeff Langford describing how we reinforced foundation walls with the use of carbon fiber reinforcement polymer (CFRP) on our latest renovation project in Burnaby, BC.
We are currently renovating a home for our clients in Burnaby who bought the house from the original homeowner who built it in 2004. After deconstruction and removal of frost walls, we noticed there were some fractures in the foundation especially in South East corner of the house. We were especially concerned as this not only a foundation wall but a retaining wall for the attached garage above. As a precaution we advised our clients to scan all the foundation walls to investigate the cause of the cracking.
The engineer for the original house had specified 15mm thick rebar in a 16" x 16" grid but as you can see from the photos the exposed rebar circled in orange indicates that 10mm thick rebar was used. The white chalk lines on these walls represents the horizontal rebar while the blue chalk lines represent the vertical rebar. On the shorter South wall the specified grid pattern was not followed and there is virtually no vertical rebar. There's also horizontal rebar that stops abruptly in one spot indicated by an "x". On the longer length East wall you can see that the horizontal rebar starts to slope downwards and further along this wall (past the vertical stack of 2x4s) the rebar is completely non-existent. This most likely happened when they poured the concrete and the rebar ties failed. This explains the fractures in the concrete as these two walls are not properly supported!
For this type of situation we decided it was best to use a Carbon Fibre Reinforcement Polymer (CFRP). Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Polymer (CFRP) is an extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic which contains carbon fibers. CFRP has a tensile strength approximately 10 times that of steel. As a result, it is commonly used wherever high strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness (rigidity) is required, such as aerospace, superstructure of ships, automotive, civil engineering, sports equipment, and an increasing number of consumer and technical applications. This product is also used in both repairing and strengthening of reinforced concrete structures.
Our contracted company used a grinder to smooth all the walls and used epoxy injections to fill a total of 76 lin. ft. of fractures in the concrete. The walls were then primed before applying the vertical and horizontal pieces and they fixed any bubbling that occurred. More resin was applied and heaters were brought in the ensure optimal temperatures and proper curing. A 3rd party company will then do a pull test, measure, and inspect that the CFRP has been adhered properly before they and our engineers sign off on it. All in all this was a two week process. Although this discovery was not expected for our homeowners and comes with an unexpected expense they can now move forward with the rest of their renovation with the peace of mind that their home is safe for their family.
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