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Foxridge – First CHBA Net Zero Home

Foxridge Homes is a premier developer in British Columbia, building homes throughout the Lower Mainland. They currently have developments located in Langley, Surrey, and Coquitlam, and are building to various Step Code standards in those areas.

This CHBA Net Zero home is located in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood at the Westbrooke community. It will be the First Net Zero home in the area, and the premier Net Zero home for Foxridge.
One of the project’s goals was to go beyond the building code and the BC Provincial targets of Step 5 of the BC Energy Step Code and Net Zero Ready by 2032. Foxridge also wanted to build a high-performance home using conventional building standards and techniques. Two big challenges to overcome were, the economic viability for the company and, more importantly, for the homebuyers.

So, how did we get here? Foxridge partnered up with Capital Home Energy in the Spring of 2021 and began the Integrated Design Process (IDP). After multiple design iterations, the final specifications were ready, and construction commenced midway through 2022.

Currently, the project is a mid construction phase (pre-drywall), and we just finished the blower door air tightness test. The result of the mid construction test came in at 0.79 ACH (Air Changes per Hour). That is well below the project target of 1 ACH (requirement for Step 5 for air tightness).

At face value, the home looks very similar to others in the neighbourhood. But once we look “between the walls”, the home tells a different story…

Attributes of this CHBA Net Zero home:

  • Under slab: R-12 EPS rigid foam
  • Below grade wall: 2” continuous rigid Foam + 2×6 R-24 batt
  • Above grade wall: 2×6 @ 24” o/c R-24 Batt
  • Attic: R-60 blown-in cellulose
  • Windows: Low U-value, Triple glazed
  • Heating: Natural gas/electric hybrid – Hydronic fan coil with cold climate air source heat pump
  • Domestic hot water: Natural gas condensing tankless
  • Ventilation: Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) 70% SRE
  • Renewable: 15,268 kWh per year solar PV system
  • Air and vapour control: Sealed exterior house wrap + interior poly air/vapour barrier
  • BC Energy Step Code 5 compliance

Please check in with us to see the progress of the home. We’re looking forward to the final testing and Net Zero label.

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Coming May 1, 2023: BC Building Code Changes

The BC Building Code changes to enable 20% better energy efficiency and provide an opt-in Zero Carbon Step Code (formerly known as the Carbon Pollution Standard) were signed by the Minister of Housing last week and will take effect May 1, 2023. Please click HERE to read in more detail.


2023 BC Budget

On Tuesday, February 28, the BC government presented the 2023 BC Budget that spends big on housing and focuses on creating more supply through $4.2 billion in funding over the next three years. This includes $2 billion in capital funding and other investments that will go towards affordable housing programs and projects. Read the list of items in the 2023 BC Budget that are in keeping with residential Industry priorities HERE.


CACEA Annual GM and Panel Discussion

Life Beyond GHG: Future Opportunities
March 24, 2023 @ 1:00-3:00pm ET Virtual Meeting

Plan on joining us for CACEA’s AGM and a panel discussion with industry stakeholders who will share their perspective on the next important issue – carbon.  A interactive townhall discussion will follow the AGM and panel discussion. Register here.


Step Code Video with Luke Dolan & HAVAN

Our Principal, Luke Dolan, got involved in filming some e-learning videos with HAVAN recently. This video is about Step Code compliance with Foxridge Homes. Let us know what you think!


LEEP for Renovation Forum

This Forum is hosted by CHBA – Sea to Sky in Whistler on March 24, 2023.

It will bring technical experts, manufacturers, installers, renovators, and building owners together to review the business case, best practices, and technical solutions available through the local supply chain, for energy and carbon efficient deep renovations. Please click HERE to register now.


CHBA: Building Science for New Homes
June 7th & 8th, 2023 
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PST)

Instructor: Luke Dolan

Location: Online


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!


CHBA: Net Zero Training

April 18th & 20th, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (PST)

Location: Online

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!


Mil Con Custom Homes
2169 ft² – Bowen Island
Final: 1.1 ACH

Foxridge Homes
3119 ft² – Langley
NZ Mid: 0.79 ACH


RT Contracting
1458 ft²  – Courtenay
Final: 0.86 ACH

Monterra Projects
3706 ft² – Comox
Final: 0.97 ACH


Renovation Energy Upgrade Proposal (REUP)

City of Vancouver specific term.
The REUP checklist is to collect and summarize the energy upgrade information for a renovation project. The form must be filled out by an Energy Advisor, unless otherwise permitted by City staff. It applies to:
– 1&2 Family Dwellings
– Infill or Coach House
– Ground-access townhouse or multi-plex (duplex, triplex, etc.) units

The form is required to verify renovation energy upgrades are compliant with the Vancouver Building Bylaw. It is to be completed digitally, signed and submitted as part of the permit application. 

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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