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Diamond Head Development | Net Zero Development

Diamond Head Development (DHD) is a leading construction and development company based in Squamish, BC. They specialize in creating residential real estate communities and have been building stunning homes with passion and eco-friendly design in Squamish, Greater Vancouver, and Whistler over the past two decades.

DHD has committed to incorporating energy efficiency, high quality construction and incorporating renewable energy. Their projects meet important standards such as BUILT GREEN®, Step Code 5 and CHBA Net Zero. DHD project Skyridge (SkyFall), was the first Net Zero home in Squamish.

The new Finch Drive development in Squamish, is Diamond Head Development’s latest project. These beautiful townhomes and duplex’s are designed by Stark Architecture . DHD has secured 4 stunning mountainside view properties in central Squamish totaling over 20 acres. This future master planned community will use modern building technologies to achieve some of Squamish’s most energy efficient multi-family homes.

Finch Drive will serve as an example of leadership, sustainability, and high-performance homes. The Madden duplexes and Alexander townhomes are zero emission, Net Zero Ready, Step Code 5, powered by geothermal energy and provide the option for full Net Zero living with renewable solar PV.

Stay tuned and follow us on our Social Media channels for updates on this project!

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CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence’s Top 5 Net Zero Homes

Builders and renovators are increasingly being asked to meld energy efficiency requirements with great design. And as evident in CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence this year, their efforts are certainly quashing the myth that extremely efficient homes require sacrificing beautiful design.

Check out the Top 5 Custom or Renovated Net Zero Homes for this year.


Richmond updates

2023 Recommended Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code Requirements for New Buildings:  

  • Recent changes to BCBC: thermal envelope and airtightness and the new Zero Carbon Step Code
  • Existing Energy Step Code requirements in Richmond (as of July 2022)
  • Integrating Zero Carbon Step Code with Energy Step Code requirements (October 1st 2023)
  • Revised Step Code compliance forms
  • Modelling ‘back-up’ natural gas systems and heat pump installation
  • New requirements for Demolition and House Move permits

The City of Richmond are offering fall 2023 course subsidies up to 50% off. Click HERE to find more.


Squamish and Whistler Retrofit Assist relaunch to encompass full home energy efficiency measures 

Capital Home Energy is proud to be working with the Community Energy Association  for the relaunch of their Retrofit Assist Program for Squamish and Whistler home owners.
As of June 2023, the program expanded to encompass a full suite of home energy efficiency measures to help homeowners improve comfort, become more energy efficient and reduce emissions.Click HERE to read more…

Click HERE to sign up for the program


City of Vancouver delays implementation of the embodied carbon requirements

Delayed implementation of the embodied carbon requirements in the Vancouver Building By-law to October 1st, 2023. These requirements were to come into effect July 1, 2023, and the text of the requirements is available here.

The CoV is currently finalizing a final draft of the embodied carbon guidelines and the submittal template, which will be circulated soon.  All information on embodied carbon will be available on the embodied carbon section of the CoV’s zero emissions buildings webpage.

Contact us for more information and click HERE to view our embodied carbon services.



A unique opportunity to see the project we cover in-depth at HAVAN’s June Builders’ Breakfast webinar.  Come visit the Living Building Challenge home built by Insightful Healthy Homes with architect Ian McLean, Senior Architect, HCMA Architecture + Design and interior designer Gaile Guevara, Principal, Gaile Guevara Studio.

This single-family home targets “Living Certification” i.e. meeting the imperatives of all seven pedals of the Living Building Challenge program, the most rigorous sustainable building standard in the world today.

Thursday, July 13
3388 West 42th Ave, Vancouver
3:00 – 5:00 PM
HAVAN members: $25+GST



CHBA: Building Science for New Homes
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!


High Bar Contracting
3378 ft² – Bowen Island
Final: 0.63 ACH

TLN Contracting
3747 ft² – Comox Valley
Mid: 0.9 ACH


Foxridge Homes
2867 ft²  – Langley
Final: 0.9 ACH

Homeowner Builder – link to insulators
2466 ft² – Bowen Island
Final: 0.67 ACH

The lowest ACH score wins a Capital Home Energy mug!


Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Also known as SHGC – Solar heat gain co-efficient is a ratio or percentage of solar radiation allowed trough the glazing unit. It is represented in a number from 0 to 1. The lower the number, the less solar radiation is allowed through the glass. The higher the number, the more solar radiation is allowed through the glass.

Example: if you are building a home in Kelowna with southwest facing views, the glass should have a very low SHGC of 0.20 or less. High-rise buildings in big cities like Vancouver will have a very low  SHGC of 0.05, therefor keeping the occupants much more comfortable in the summer months.

Written by one of our Energy Advisors, Karan. Thanks Karan!

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 or email us at manager@capitalhomeenergy.com 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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