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Mount Pleasant | Net Zero Labeled Duplex

Builder | Averra Developments

Congratulations to Averra for the first ever CHBA Net-Zero duplex in Vancouver.  An inspired team of professionals came together to plan, develop, and construct these exceptional homes located on a quiet side street just 2-blocks off Main Street.

Averra has become one of the premier Net Zero home builders in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and this duplex exemplifies top-quality finishing and high performance efficiency.

A Net Zero duplex is very challenging to achieve. It is very important to note that each side of the duplex achieved Net Zero.  This means both homes are individually tested for air tightness, energy modelled, and verified that it can generate enough solar PV energy to offset the home’s energy consumption on an annual basis.  These are requirements of the CHBA Net Zero Homes program, the EnerGuide Rating System, and The City of Vancouver.

Project Team:
Builder | Averra Developments
Building Designer | DWG
Net Zero Energy Advisor | Capital Home Energy
Solar Design | Terratek Energy Solutions
Structural Engineer | Formosa Engineering
Interior Design | euoi studio
Developer | Deso Properties

Click HERE to read the home’s highlights and more.

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Georgie Awards 

On Saturday May 20th, BC’s top home builders and renovators gathered at the Vancouver Hyatt Hotel with a colourful Wizard of Oz theme to celebrate the year’s best residential construction projects at the CHBA’s Georgie Awards®. Now in its 31st year, the awards are BC’s most prestigious homebuilding, renovation, and housing awards.

A wonderful evening had by all. Feeling grateful to have been associated with RDC Fine Homes for the award of ‘Best Energy Labelled Whole House Renovation’. As Energy Advisors, we play a comparatively small part in projects like this, but it’s a great feeling knowing we help in the success for Energy Efficient homes. It was also such a pleasure to award a trophy to Kingdom Builders for Best Energy Labelled Home – Custom and to be a sponsor for the event. Thanks everyone involved, looking forward to next year already!

Click HERE for a full list of all the 2023 Georgie winners – congratulations to all!


Net Zero Home 2022 Report Release

Net Zero Home Labelling Program just released a 2022 Report, which provides up-to-date analysis of the net Zero Home Labelling Program to the CHBA members. The purpose of these reports is to support CHBA members’ voluntary adoption of Net Zero Energy Housing by building awareness and knowledge via the consolidation and sharing of information. This annual report details the assemblies and technologies used in the 1,186 Net Zero qualified homes up to December 31, 2022.

The annual reports are available free to members, and they can be downloaded HERE.


Information Session on Proposed Change to BCBC

The Province recently launched a public review on proposed changes to the BC Building Code 2023 and is inviting feedback. The next edition of the BC Building Code is anticipated to come into effect in December 2023.

The public review will run until June 16, 2023. Details on the proposed changes and providing your input are available on the BC Codes public review website. To support member awareness and engagement in the public review process, CHBA BC will be hosting an information session on June 8.

Click HERE to register.

Builders’ Breakfast!

You are invited!
Event: Builders’ Breakfast
Date: June 14, 2023 at 7:15 AM
Location: Wildwood Cafe, Whistler

Details: Please join us for breakfast at the Wildwood in Function as we do a deep dive into the BC Energy Step Code updates with a presentation by our very own Luke Dolan (Capital Home Energy)
For more information or to register click HERE.


There’s still space to join this week:

CHBA: Building Science for New Homes
June 7 & 8, 2023 
August 23 & 24 2023
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PDT)

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 Builder Training

September 26 & 28 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (PDT)

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!


Jerry Ralla
4497 ft² – Richmond
Final: 0.46 ACH

Postle Construction
3187 ft² – Pemberton
Mid: 0.33 ACH


Kingdom Builders
6030 ft²  – Burnaby
Final: 0.26 ACH

Hamilton Brothers
3505 ft² – Comox
Final: 0.64 ACH


Thermal Break

A thermal break is a term used for insulation placed between two thermal conductors to reduce the flow of heat.  This is often used  as a  barrier in a window or door frame. Thermally broken door systems are used when there is a difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Metal is a good conductor and poor insulator.   A thermal break is created when a material of low thermal conductivity is placed between the door’s conductive materials to stop energy transfer. This thermal break acts as a barrier that reduces heat conduction through the door’s metal framing. Another example of a thermal break in construction would be exterior insulation, or insulation between the floor slab and foundation walls and footings.

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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