Sustainable homes are one of the biggest trends in the housing market because they offer numerous advantages to conventional homes. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, sustainably built homes tend to be built with more premium materials, have better energy & water efficiency, have better air quality and lower levels of interior noise.
Want even more good news? Opting for a sustainable home now will most likely get you a higher resale value down the road as British Columbia has clearly laid out a progressive energy step code
for the mass adoption for green buildings in the coming years.
Take a look at our FAQ below and let us know if you have any further questions. Whether you’re looking for a more conventional home or a sustainable home, we’d be happy to have a chat with you about the many options you have in the market.
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Below are some key terms you’ll likely encounter when browsing sustainable homes and various brochures.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: location and transportation, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality..
Passive House certification is a quality assurance process that determines whether a project meets all of the requirements of the Passive House standard. It confirms that the building has been designed to achieve high levels of occupant comfort and energy performance. The primary criteria for achieving Passive House certification:
- Space Heat Demand: Maximum 15 kWh/m²a or heating load maximum 10 W/m²
- Air Tightness: Maximum 0.6 ACH @ 50 Pa (pressurizing and depressurizing)
- Total Primary Energy Renewable (PER): Maximum 60 kWh/m²a
Whether it's building design, high efficiency appliance and fixtures or using renewable energy sources, there will be many options to meet you'll encounter when looking at sustainable buildings. Here are some tools to make sense of it.
ENERGY STEP CODE
The BC Energy Step Code is an optional compliance path in the BC Building Code that local governments may use, if they wish, to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. Builders may voluntarily use the BC Energy Step Code as a new compliance path for meeting the energy-efficiency requirements of the BC Building Code.