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Please be advised that we will be closed on Monday Sept 2nd, in lieu of Labour Day.
We hope everyone has a great long weekend!
Building a Certified Passive House: The Real Challenges and Solutions of an Urban Build (Builders’ Breakfast Series)
The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) members, Nick Bray Architecture, JDL Homes, and Project Mint Developments are building an exemplar Certified Passive house (a near NetZero Energy and Step 5-compliant) in Vancouver, and at the August 22 Builders’ Breakfast seminar, they will share the real challenges and solutions in building this high-performance home (CPD credits available).
Challengingly located in a peat bog and on a small 25’ X 122′ lot, this Certified Passive house showcases the integration of systems and design to create a housing solution that complies with Step 5 of the Energy Step Code, which will be required for all homes by 2032. In addition to showcasing one pathway to meet its high-performance targets, this Certified Passive home also demonstrates how these homes can be integrated into small-lot neighbourhoods that are common in urban centres.
This home was part of a HAVAN-sponsored tour in June, which included a brief overview of the project, but this two-hour session will delve deeper into the details and complexities of this project. Nick Bray, the architect and homeowner, will discuss the unique features of this project, the site challenges and solutions, as well as the technology in this home. Jeff Langford of JDL Homes will discuss the builder’s perspective on taking this project from concept to its targeted completion, and how they are on-boarding subtrades and suppliers to ensure the home meets the high-performance standards required for it to be Certified Passive.
Huge fundamental shifts in how we build in BC are coming within the next 13 years. Are you ready?
By 2032, the BC Building Code minimum standard will require all homes to be built to Step 5 of the Energy Step Code (NetZero-Ready) but did you also know to ensure the industry moves forward to meet this target, all BC builders will be required to build to Step 3 by 2022 and then Step 4 by 2027?
If you want to keep building in BC, you need to understand high-performance building and what methodologies work best for your product and customers. Now is the time for the industry – builders, designers, subtrades and suppliers — to learn how to evolve their design and construction processes to meet these higher standards so you have your systems in place before they are mandated.
To register: https://havan.ca/events/eventcalendar/#id=10952&cid=120&wid=3701
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Please be advised that we will be closed on Monday July 1st for Canada Day. We hope everyone has a great long weekend spent with family and friends!
What is a retaining wall?
By definition, a retaining wall is a structure that is used for supporting the soil mass laterally, so that the soil on different sides of the wall is retained at different levels. Retaining walls are, thus, used to bound two soils between two different terrain elevations in situations where possessing slopes would be undesirable. Such situations include building a basement, but the more common instances when we use retaining walls are gardening and landscaping.
With it now being June, gardening season is in full swing. Below are the most common retaining wall materials and their pros and cons to consider for your next project.
Certified Passive House Tour / Lecture with Nick Bray Architecture x Project Mint Developments x JDL Homes Vancouver - 465 E18th Ave
We are excited to be a part of two events relating to the Certified Passive House we are currently building with Nick Bray Architecture & Project Mint Developments. The design is intended to be a house for the future, with innovative products and technology used throughout, and to make it even more challenging, it is located in a peat-bog! If you're curious and want to learn more about passive houses and this particular project we have two different dates & times available!
June 4th – HAVAN (sponsored by Federated Insurance)
Where: Starts 3pm at Kuzco lighting [7th/Quebec], then onto a site-walkthrough at 465 E 18th.
Aimed at Builders / trades.
June 5th - Passive House Canada / AIBC (sponsored by SIGA)
Where: Starts 5:30pm at 465 E 18th for a walk through, then onto Kuzco Lighting [7th/Quebec].
Aimed at Architects / designers.
Nick Bray will be giving a 30 min talk on the project [AIBC and HAVAN CPD points], and introducing the sponsors/suppliers that will have booths setup at Kuzco:
Lighting / Plumbing fixtures: Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre [Jared Cranwill] w/Kuzco Lighting & Riobel.
Automation / AV design: Hi-Fi Centre [Mike Freedman]
Millwork: Pacific Rim Cabinets [James Dewinetz]
Millwork design: Designs by Katerina and Silvie [Katerina Vastardis]
Exterior membranes: Naturaseal [Herb Stahl]
Windows: Vetta Building Technologies [Alec Shalinsky]
Structural Insulated Panels: West-Eco Panel [Duane Svendson]
Insulated Structural Forms: Vancouver ICF [Rick Fern]
Envelope Sealer: Pacific Aerobarrier [Janvin Lowe]
Cladding: Kayu Canada Hardwoods [Matt Korchmar]
Tile supplier: DalTile [Terrence Jagassar]
Paint supplier: Sherwin Williams [Elizabeth Raczkiewicz]
Appliances: Midland Appliance [Rob Brigden]
Please be advised that we will be closed on Monday May 20th in lieu of the Victoria Day.
We will re-open on Tuesday May 21st, 2019.
Earlier this month we attended the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN)'s Ovation Awards Gala held at Parq Vancouver. Although we did not win for Best New Small Scale Home and Best New Kitchen Under $50,000 for our Collingwood Country Chic Laneway project, we are thrilled and so honored to be a finalist. We enjoyed celebrating with our fellow nominees and can't wait for next year! Congratulations once again to all the finalists and winners!
If you haven't already heard, we're collaborating with Nick Bray Architecture Ltd. & Project Mint Developments to build a passive house on a peat bog in East Vancouver!
Nick Bray will also be a guest speaker at the upcoming Vancouver ICF training event on April 26th. The objective of this training program is to enable local builders & their crew to build successfully with Nudura ICF, Fastfoot, Fast-Tube and Helix Micro Rebar. This four hour training session is designed for builders and forming contractors and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to build proficiently with these sustainable products for the concrete forming industry. This course also provides 4.0 points for Continuing Professional Development for those builders registered with BC Housing.
To register visit: https://www.vancouvericf.com/training/nextTraining.php
Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay posted on the build process!
Interested in learning more about passive house?
Please feel free to contact us or visit Passive House Canada.
Please be advised that we will be closed on Friday April 19th in lieu of Good Friday.
We hope everyone has a good Easter long weekend and we will be open on Monday April 22nd, 2019.
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