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New Multiplex Rules Are Changing Vancouver Neighbourhoods

New Multiplex Rules Are Changing Vancouver Neighbourhoods

This past fall, Vancouver city council approved new zoning regulations, specifically in Residential One-Family Zones (RS). The new rules allow for multiplexes on lots that were previously reserved for single-family homes or duplexes, providing more residents the opportunity to call these neighbourhoods home.

Built In – The Home Innovation Show

Built In – The Home Innovation Show

Barb Silverthorn was featured on episode 4 of the BUILT IN VIDEO SERIES with Todd Best of Best Builders “BUILT IN” – is a video series that explores how high-performance homes are built. Think of it in terms of buying a new car today vs 50 years ago. There is no...

Energy Efficiency and Electrification – A Simple Guide

Energy Efficiency and Electrification – A Simple Guide

One of the best ways to fight climate change is to electrify almost everything and to do it as fast as we can. A report this year by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds we need to stop using fossil fuels to have any impact on greenhouse gas emissions. And it has to happen now, as in before 2025, which is only two years away. According to their findings, rapid, widespread electrification is a key way to get there.

Building Code Changes and the New Zero Carbon Step Code

Building Code Changes and the New Zero Carbon Step Code

As of May 1st, the BC Step Code became mandatory across the province. All new residential and multi-family buildings (Part 9 buildings) must now meet a minimum of Step 3. The province has also introduced the Zero Carbon Step Code, which allows municipalities to limit operational carbon from new buildings.

Dispelling a Few Myths About Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Dispelling a Few Myths About Cold Climate Heat Pumps

We get questions constantly about heat pumps, from how efficient they really are to whether they can truly keep your home warm – even on the coldest winter day. It may seem counterintuitive, but there’s heat in the air even when temperatures drop. Heat pumps work by extracting that heat from the outside air and transferring it indoors to heat your home. The biggest difference with today’s new cold-climate heat pumps is the variable-speed compressor. This technology wasn’t commercially available in heat pumps 10 years ago. Now that it is, it’s the fundamental change that has made heat pumps fantastic at sub-zero temperatures.

Changes are Coming to Vancouver’s Heat Pump Rebates

Changes are Coming to Vancouver’s Heat Pump Rebates

Vancouver's municipal top-ups and rebates for heat pumps and electric service upgrades are going to be changing soon.Anyone who lives in Vancouver and is eligible for heat pump and/or electric service upgrade rebates should be aware that customers with invoices dated...

What does a builder need to know about windows and energy efficiency?

What does a builder need to know about windows and energy efficiency?

We recently took part in a Builder’s Breakfast with Layton Consulting hosted by HAVAN, where we did a deep dive into everything to do with windows. With buildings in the Lower Mainland, energy efficiency has been both a great focus of new building regulations and the...

We Help A Vancouver Family Live Net Zero

We Help A Vancouver Family Live Net Zero

Challenge Accepted! For ten weeks this fall, Canadian Geographic magazine challenged five families across the country to Live Net Zero. They went head to head, tackling everything from cutting commuting carbon to making their homes as energy efficient as possible....

Carbon Neutral Club

Carbon Neutral Club

Capture Energy is so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Carbon Neutral Club to become a Certified Carbon Neutral Workforce by estimating and offsetting the collective carbon footprint of our workforce.

Heat Pump Rebate Clarification

Heat Pump Rebate Clarification

Natural Resources Canada has updated the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, clarifying the installation requirements for heat pumps. The changes just came into effect on August 1st, 2022.

New License Condition is Coming for General Contractors

New License Condition is Coming for General Contractors

The rules are changing for general contractors in B.C. There will be a new condition for all licenses renewed from September 2022 onwards. By the end of the year, the province will require all new buildings to be 20% more efficient than the current building code....

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