New Multiplex Rules Are Changing Vancouver Neighbourhoods

This past fall, the 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...

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

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...

Building Code Changes and the New Zero Carbon Step Code

May was a month of some big changes to the building 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 energy efficiency standards. That is...

Dispelling a Few Myths About Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Are Cold Climate Heat Pumps as Comfortable as Gas? According to B.C. Hydro, if you currently have a gas furnace, switching to an electric heat pump powered by clean electricity will lower your greenhouse gas emissions by around two tonnes per year. That’s roughly the...

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...