Step 4 Courtyard Home in Pemberton

We’re showcasing this beautiful courtyard home situated on a small acreage in Pemberton BC.  This beautiful custom home was built by New Leaf Contracting  and designed by Hunter Office. New Leaf are top quality General Contractors working throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.

This unique single level rancher achieved Step 4 on the BC Energy Step Code and is 50% more energy efficient than a minimum code built home.

Other house attributes included:

  • Under Slab insulation – 6” R-30 XPS rigid
  • Walls – 2×8 Effective R-25
  • Ceilings – Attic Effective R-50
  • Windows – High performance triple glazed USI 0.9 – 1.3
  • Heating system – Artic Air to water heat pump for infloor radiant heat
  • Domestic hot water – combination with heat pump
  • Ventilation – Lifebreath + Venmar HRVs
  • Air tightness – 1.5 ACH @ 50 Pa
  • Renewable – Solar PV array generating 43 GJ/year
    GJ = gigajoules

Photos by @amarcouxphotos



Net Zero Home Label to Recognize Renovated Homes that Produce as Much Energy as They Consume

On Octover 28th, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) officially launched the Net Zero Home Labelling Programs for Renovations. 

CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program for Renovations is a new initiative (read the press release here) that continues CHBA’s long history in leading energy efficiency in residential construction. It builds on the existing Net Zero Home Labelling Program for new homes, which has been running since its pilot in 2015. 

The Program provides the industry with a clearly defined and rigorous two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes (now both for new and existing homes), as well as the builders and renovators who provide them.

To learn more about the program, click here.


BC Launches CleanBC Roadmap to 2030

This week, the B.C. government launched the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 – a stronger, more ambitious climate plan to reach the province’s 2030 emissions reduction targets and build a strong, low carbon economy.

Highlights of the CleanBC Roadmap for the buildings pathway include:

  • New carbon pollution standards to make all new buildings net-zero emissions by 2030
  • Increased energy efficiency requirements, including a requirement that after 2030, or earlier where feasible, all new space and water heating equipment sold and installed in B.C. will be at least 100% efficient
  • Updated regulations to shift the focus of utility-funded efficiency programs from conventional gas-fired heating equipment such as furnaces and boilers, to building-envelope improvements and heat pumps
  • A commitment to increase the price on carbon pollution to meet or exceed the federal benchmark, with supports for people and businesses
  • B.C. home sale listings will include an energy efficiency rating or label
  • Developing a Low Carbon Building Materials Strategy by 2023 that includes a holistic approach to decarbonizing buildings
To read the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and learn more, click here.


CBC: How to get the most out of an Energy Evaluation 

Are you looking to make your home more energy efficient or less drafty? 

Are you planning to redo your bathroom or kitchen? Want to get that $5,600 federal grant for green renovations?

In all these cases, getting an energy efficiency evaluation is a good first step since you’ll need an evaluation to benefit from the federal grant. 

Capital Home Energy Principal, Luke Dolan. took part in an interview for CBC’s weekly newsletter, “What on Earth”. In this issue of their newsletter, they have summarized ways homeowners can get the most out of the energy evaluations. 

To read the article by CBC, click here. 


CHBA: Net Zero Training – Two Part Series

When: Tuesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 18th 2021
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

Location: Event is held virtually


What you will learn

The Net Zero Builder Training course reflects the advancements in technology and innovations in the housing industry. If you have previous building science knowledge, this webinar will cover what you need to know about net zero homes and participation in the CHBA Net Zero Labelling Program. The CHBA Net Zero Building Science training is a requirement for builders/renovators participating in the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program. Don’t miss out on this convenient two-part webinar series!




Homeowner Builder
New 3900 ft² house
Bowen Island
Final: 0.28 ACH

Integra Homes
New 3000 ft² home
Final: 0.55 ACH

McQueen Construction
New 2900 ft² home
Final:  0.92 ACH

Foxridge Homes
New 3185 ft² home
The Ridge at Coquitlam
Mid Construction:  1.4 ACH


CHBA Qualified Net Zero Ready Home

A CHBA Qualified Net Zero Ready Home that is labelled under the Program is a home that is recognized by CHBA to have met the Technical Requirements, including the energy performance rating using NRCan’s EnerGuide Rating System to be a Net Zero Home that has a renewable energy system designed for it that will allow it to achieve Net Zero Home performance, but the renewable energy system is not yet installed. 

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

Friendly reminder to all builders 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 and to 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 Vanessa at manager@capitalhomeenergy.com 

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