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Atlin development in Campbell River
by Monterra

To start the year off, we wanted to showcase this beautiful development in Campbell River on Vancouver Island.  The developer – Monterra Projects, is a Vancouver Island based company that has expanded across BC and Alberta over the last 30+ years.  The Monterra team, specializes in Building high quality custom homes, multifamily developments and apartments.
This project consists of Luxury Duplex Homes that are targeting Step 4 of the BC Energy Step Code.
Currently in Campbell River, Step Code is not enforced.  However, as part of their baseline building standards, Monterra goes way beyond minimum code compliance.

  • These duplex units are approximately 45% more efficient than your average minimum code-built home, which means low operating costs.
  • They provide airtight construction techniques, reducing the chance of condensation issues in the building assemblies.
  • They provide balanced ventilation for a healthy indoor air quality management.
  • They are comfortable to live in, with properly sized heating systems.
  • They provide cooling in the summer months with state-of-the-art heat pump technology.

Highlights of the home include:

  • Foundation walls: 4” R-16 EPS rigid Styrofoam
  • Above grade walls: 2×6 @ 24” o/c R-22 Batt
  • Ceilings: effective R-50
  • Windows: high performance double glazed low E argon gas filled
  • Air barrier: Exterior air barrier taped and sealed
  • Air tightness: 1.5 ACH or lower (air changes per hour)
  • Ventilation: HRV (heat recovery ventilation)
  • Heating system: High efficiency Natural Gas furnace combined with air source heat pump
  • Domestic hot water: Natural Gas condensing tankless EF 0.92

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You have heard of NetZero, but with that goal feeling out of reach for a lot of projects, NearZero is a ‘stepping stone’ initiative to accelerate and incentivize the decarbonization of Vancouver Homes. We recently attended a seminar with NearZero.ca, it was informative and if you follow us on Instagram you will have seen some snippets of the day. You can click on the website link above to read all about it yourself, or read the below bullet points on the newly launched Stream Two.

Stream 2 – Embodied Emissions

  • Reducing the embodied carbon of a home by choosing low carbon materials
  • Applicants will receive financial support to their project if it achieves embodied carbon lower than 200kg CO₂ e/m².
  • Must provide information about how they achieved their embodied carbon reductions
  • Applications will assess the embodied carbon of their home using the Builders for Climate Action BEAM tool – free training will be provided
  • CoV will prioritize applications from Black, Indigenous or persons of colour SLGBTQ communities and women
  • The greater the reduction in embodied carbon the greater the financial return (see infographic below)
  • Property must be located in Vancouver, considered a Part 9 building, less than 325m² (3500 sq ft) and must satisfy the City’s energy and emissions requirement


Come and see us at Buildex! The program description can be found HERE
Luke Dolan speaks on Feb 16th at 230pm-330pm – T39


Building Code Revisions

Energy Efficiency and Revisions to BCBC 2018 in 2023: The public review period on the proposed energy efficiency and carbon pollution changes to BCBC 2018 closed November 4, 2022. The feedback received highlighted the need for a smooth transition to the proposed requirements. As a result, the Ministry is considering options to minimize disruption to in-stream projects, including the possibility of a delayed effective date to allow for bylaw amendments and project design adjustments prior to the regulation coming into effect. CLICK HERE to read more.


Built Green Canada Update

2023 Built Green NetZero Energy+ Program Updates:

For gold or platinum projects that reach net zero energy, recognition of achievement is given providing the builder has passed this training. The builder must also be working with an Energy Advisor who has also taken the aforementioned training.

CLICK HERE to read more…


Mechanical Permit

As of January 1, 2023:

  • All permanently installed new air conditioning systems in existing detached homes must provide both low carbon heating and cooling.
  • Renovation projects in detached 1-2 dwelling homes, with a construction value over $250,000, are required to electrify their existing space heating and hot water systems to the same requirements in the Building By-law for new construction.CLICK HERE to read more or apply for the permit.




Paul Dowsett, an architect by trade, lives in a neighbourhood in East Toronto. Paul and his neighbours are part of the Pocket Change Project, a local initiative looking at ways to reduce emissions on a neighbourhood scale. They aim to renovate their homes one by one, with the end goal of producing zero greenhouse gas emissions. Paul celebrated the fact in December and is now urging people affluent enough to follow suit. CLICK HERE to read on.


New Mailing Address

A reminder we have a new address. Capital Home Energy’s mailing address is now:

Capital Home Energy Inc.
#102-2000 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2G2


CHBA: Building Science for New Homes
Wednesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 23rd 2023 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PST)

Instructor: Luke Dolan

Location: Event is held virtually


What you will learn


This course provides and overview of building science issues and sound business practices. This course is a pre-requisite to become a certified Net Zero, R-2000 or ENERGY STAR builder, and is suggested for participating in the EnerGuide for New Homes and Built Green programs.

Registration is open until seats are filled!



Blue House Energy: Introduction to HOT2000 Energy Modelling

Schedule: Weekly 90 minute virtual instructor-led sessions over a 6-week period

Instructor: Capital Home Energy’s Donald Fast

Location: Event is held virtually


What you will learn


This course covers all the competency guidelines for HOT2000 in the NRCan Energy Advisor (HOUSE) Exam.

Note: This course doesn’t go into data collection, code compliance, what upgrade recommendations to make (for new or existing houses), or how to carry out reporting – those are topics for future courses.

Registration is now full, so please stay up to date with future HOT2000 Energy Modelling course HERE


CHBA: Net Zero Training

Net Zero Builder Training | Hybrid (Online & In-Person) | Apr. 18 & 20, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Location: Online & TBD

What you will learn

The CHBA Net Zero Training courses are only available through CHBA Qualified Net Zero Service Organizations, and delivered by CHBA Qualified Net Zero Trainers. This course is a requirement for builders/energy advisors participating in the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling program, and covers advancements in technology and innovations in the housing industry.

Registration is open until seats are filled!



View Point Construction
New 880 ft² laneway house
Mid: 0.38 ACH

Condor Homes
New 2410 ft² home
Mt. Washington, BC
Final: 0.59 ACH

Coast Essential Construction
New 4264 ft² home
Mid: 0.52 ACH

RDC Fine Homes
New 2169 ft² home
Mid: 0.31 ACH


Embodied Emissions

Embodied carbon is the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure. 

It includes any CO₂ created during the manufacturing of building materials (material extraction, transport to manufacturer, manufacturing), the transport of those materials to the job site, and the construction practices used. 

Put simply, embodied carbon is the carbon footprint of a building or infrastructure project before it becomes operational. It also refers to the CO₂ produced maintaining the building and eventually demolishing it, transporting the waste, and recycling it.

Embodied carbon is distinct from operational carbon — the carbon that comes from energy, heat, lighting, etc. Thanks to advances in reducing operational carbon, recent data from the World Green Building Council indicates that embodied carbon is becoming a larger portion of a building’s overall carbon footprint. 

Please remember to book your mid construction and final blower door tests at least two weeks in advance!

Friendly reminder to anyone needing to book their mid-construction and final blower door tests. Please give us a call two weeks in advance to ensure we can have you on the schedule. This will ensure a quicker turnaround time for your reports! We recommend contacting us for your mid-construction test when insulation has started.

Any Questions? 

For information on the BC Energy Step Code, EnerGuide ratings, Blower Door Airtightness tests, Thermal Imaging, BuiltGreen, Net Zero Homes contact Hannah at manager@capitalhomeenergy.com

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